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leftcoasttim
06-13-2016, 11:12 AM
Bought my 2013 Abarth on Super Bowl Sunday 2014. Figured the sales people would want to close the deal quickly so they could get back to the game, and I was spot-on in that calculation. 2-1/2 years and 43,000+ miles later, it was time to get new "shoes" for my beloved 'Pagliocci', replacing the OEM Pirelli Cinturatos. My ultimate choice: the brand new Continental DWS06. I like the aggressive, assymetrical tread pattern, the unbeatable UTQG rating (500) mileage warranty (50,000; many of the competitors' tires offer ZERO mileage warranties), and the fact that the same week Carrier announced it was closing a factory in Indiana and sending 1,200 American jobs to Mexico, Continental announced it would be building a new tire and bus truck plant in Mississippi. Win-win! The tires are quiet and there are absolutely no clearance issues, with these 205-45/16's replacing the factory 195-45/16's. The price, from American Tire Depot, was actually quite competitive with other competing brands, again, offering less performance and warranty coverage. Check 'em out, fellow Abarthistas, I think you'll be glad you did!

Robert Nixon
06-13-2016, 11:37 AM
Wow, I'm guessing that you getting 43K miles on the original tires is a world record!

leftcoasttim
06-13-2016, 11:48 AM
Yes, I was rather surprised when reading the sub-20,000 mile claims others were making about their Pirellis and other Abarth tires. I ride a Ducati and some "squids" pride themselves on ripping through a set of tires in 3,000-5,000 miles. So unless you're taking your 500 to rallies or gymkhanas or just racing Mini-Coopers on the street every weekend, I really don't see how it's even possible run through a set of rubber that quickly. Of course, I was a tire-buster during college, and I have a bike pump and professional gauge which I use on my car, motorcycle, and bike EVERY WEEK. It's not rocket science, just pro-active vehicle care.

dylansi
06-13-2016, 11:56 AM
Great to hear. I myself up-sized after 30k on the stock Pirelli tires (and they were BALD). What a world of difference, not only with traction and absorbing bumps in the road, but with the way the car looks.

WillFiat
06-13-2016, 01:26 PM
I put those same 205/45/16 Continental Extreme Contact DWS tires on my 2012 Sport. I have about 4,000 miles on them now and I am very pleased with them. I have the original Sport 16x6.5 alloy wheels with stock suspension and I have not had any rubbing issues. These tires probably do not handle as well as the comparable tires from Michelin or Dunlop but I feel they are a good choice for a daily driver.

Klasse Act
06-13-2016, 06:20 PM
We had the original DWS' on my wifes Mazda 6 and they lasted 55k, with proper rotation and balancing, ofcoarse. Then they went away and we went with their Pure Contact and they didn't last as long and got prorated for the DWS06 and are VERY happy with them, they almost look like the originals. I really like the smooth sidewall too, no stupid ribs to ugly up the tire.

This said, too bad they don't make the tire for my 17's, I want them oh so bad, believe me:deadhorse:

JimmyTestarossa
06-14-2016, 07:49 AM
Yes, I was rather surprised when reading the sub-20,000 mile claims others were making about their Pirellis and other Abarth tires.

I really don't see how it's even possible run through a set of rubber that quickly.

Well, I thoroughly "enjoy" (no competitive events) my car and I am at 18K miles and I have started shopping for new tires. I suspect that by 20K miles all 4 will be down to the wear bars. I'm fine with this, I'm having fun!

Robert Nixon
06-14-2016, 10:52 AM
I've gone to 205 with my 16 inch wheels, and 215 on the 17 inch wheels with no problems

BigDaddySRT
06-14-2016, 07:51 PM
What's this... Bragging about tire size?

225/45R17 Hoosier A7
215/40R17 Advan AD08R
205/40R17 Pirelli
195/50R15 Hankook RS3
205/50R15 Yokohama S Drive

Robert Nixon
06-14-2016, 09:07 PM
everyone knows that size matters

boosted71
09-20-2016, 02:11 AM
Car isnt lowered yet, but i'm running 205/50/16 with no issues :) Federal rsr tires. Great tires for the price btw

Ruckus
01-16-2017, 09:14 AM
has anybody tried 215-40-16's yet?