Continental ExtremeContact Sport

Tested to the limits by championship-winning racecar drivers, the ExtremeContactâ„¢ Sport satisfies even the most demanding driver. This dynamic, ultra-high performance street tire is built for car enthusiasts and engineered for extreme grip in dry and wet conditions. SportPlus Technology provides precise handling; security on wet, slippery roads; and excellent tread life.

Tire review data from 13 tire reviews averaging 87% over 130,764 miles driven, and 1 tests with an average result of 2nd.

Dry Grip 92%
Wet Grip 83%
Road Feedback 83%
Handling 81%
Wear 88%
Comfort 87%
Buy again 95%

The ExtremeContact Sport is ranked 6th of 76 Summer Max Performance tires.

This tire has been replaced by the Continental ExtremeContact Sport 02.

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2017 Car and Driver UHP Tire Test
2nd of 5 tires
  • Senna at Donington. Hunt in Japan. ExtremeContact Sport in South Bend. Okay, the Continental can’t make you a wet-weather hero, but it is the choice tire when both rain and pilot are driving hard. The Continental swept all three wet tests with big margins and showed the smallest performance drop-off between dry and wet tests. Chief among its waterproof virtues, the Continental maintains relatively high grip when the tire starts to slide, unlike the Pirellis and Goodyears.
    The ExtremeContact Sport locked in second place with a solid performance in the dry, although not exactly threatening the Michelin. It delivers sharp steering precision that makes it feel alert and responsive when driven casually, but that quality fades when pushed past the limit in the dry.
    Our ears registered louder thwacks compared with the competitors over the same cracks and expansion joints on-road—similar to the almost metallic clank of a bouncing basketball. But that’s a small price to pay for exceptional wet grip and impressive dry performance. Plus, Continental asks only $164 for the ExtremeContact Sport, $34 less than our winner.
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Questions and Answers for the Continental ExtremeContact Sport

2018-07-26 - Between Contisportcontact 6 and ExtremeContact Sport, which offers a better performance? Or which one is the sportier?

I don't believe they are available in the same markets, the ExtremeContact Sport is the North America version of the Sport Contact 6.

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225/45 R18 $237.99 - $237.99 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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Top 3 Continental ExtremeContact Sport Reviews

Given 91% while driving a Mazda MX5 (215/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 30,000 spirited miles
These tires are awesome. took them to the tail of the dragon and stuck to the road like glue. Also, road the dragon in the rain, and the grip still felt great. After my runs i can see a bunch of stuff stuck to the tires so they get real sticky when warm. Will buy again next summer
Helpful 71 - tire reviewed on September 28, 2022
Given 98% while driving a BMW Z4 3.0Si (/40 R17) on a combination of roads for 300 spirited miles
2010 BMW Z4 30i with 25850 miles; May 2022. Took off run-flats and it's a whole new car. Grip is amazing, cornering is solid, tight, and no noise from the tire at all. Daily driving is smooth, quiet, very competent and compliant, no tracking on road grooves, and much more stable in cross winds. I am very, very happy and will buy these again. NOTE; this size is not the OEM, these are wider but same circumference. Also, I live in the desert southwest and do not get much rain, almost zero snow and very mild winter temps, so these are my only tires.
Helpful 76 - tire reviewed on May 21, 2022
Given 92% while driving a Honda S2000 (245/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 100 spirited miles
I recently purchased these after watching many tire reviews. I initially wanted to buy the contact 7's but I couldn't find them available and they would've been more than double the price. This is my first experience with a brand name tire, until now I've had random aftermarket and used tires. These tires have completely changed my cars drivability. I was always afraid to drive my car in the rain since the rear wheels would kick out constantly, but now I have this confident tenacious grip of the road. I drive spirited but not track- no drifting but lots of hard cornering. The wheel feels sharp and responsive. These have improved my driving experience by 100%!
Helpful 63 - tire reviewed on July 31, 2022
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Latest Continental ExtremeContact Sport Reviews

Given 79% while driving a Ford Mustang (/45 R17) on track for 0 spirited miles
Read my rant on wet tires over at Nankang NS-Sr. My first time on these was at Road atlanta endurance race in 2018. Feb. Coooold, Wet. Started off clear, nice, cold and dry, then dropped off. I was in the 1989 Ford Mustang when the weather changed. Im a bad weather driver! I loove the challenge. When the weather changes, Im in it to win. My theory is that everyone else is all checked up and driving at 50%. Time for me to turn up the heat ! I was very impressed with these tires. They enstilled a LOAD of confidence in the car. I was able to hold a higher speed in the corners and wait longer in the braking zone. With that said, this is where I gotta help explain a few things to you readers. Some would think that if they are designed to be a wet tire then they need to stick like glue or as if we were all in the dry. Not so true. Look at the F1 cars or IMSA LMP type cars in the wet. Although they do stick well to the track with their wet setup, they still break loose in cornering, braking, accelerating. You guys gotta keep that in mind. It aint gonna be 100% stuck to the track. During my racing stint, i looved the confidence that these tires inspired. While cornering faster than other cars, and upon exit, roll on the gas on the stock (200 hp) ford mustang and the tires would break loose slightly, make some steeering input, grab it and go, faster than the competition. THATS what these tires did for me. The Contis were NOT 100% planted. But still, I was able to do dance circles around the other cars, and Mustangs are known for dancing incircles (usualy by themselves in the grass, HAHAH) I loved these tires so much that i bought them for my daily 2010 Mazda 3. When its wet out, i still take the ON/Off ramps at 50+ MPH with confidence, grip and pleasure, No over steerin in the tail. In the Dry...Still 60+ MPH ON/OFF ramps. Great tires. We buy these for our 200 TW option in the Endurance racing in the US as a wet tire. Would reccomened to yall. Price isnt bad for what you get. I like'em.
Helpful 66 - tire reviewed on July 27, 2021
Given 89% while driving a Toyota Mark X (225/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 35,000 spirited miles
This is the best UHP tires I have tried so far. Dry and wet performance is as good if not better than Michelin PS4 with better tread life and no tread chipping issue that plagues PS4. The performance also remains good even nearing the end of the tread life at over 50k km. With price about the same or even slightly cheaper, the longer tread life makes this tire a better value for money than PS4.
Helpful 88 - tire reviewed on March 30, 2021
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Given 87% while driving a Porsche Cayman (265/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 5,000 spirited miles
Handled and rode very well. Still have half tread after a dozen track days but heat cycled out after about 10. Good value but will flat spot after sitting especially in colder temperatures. Needed rebalancing a few times
Helpful 70 - tire reviewed on March 7, 2021
Given 89% while driving a Chevrolet Corvette (285/40 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 10,000 spirited miles
The Continental ExtremeContact Sports are a great tire if you want something that will give you about great road feel, highway drive ability, and wear that won't cause you to look twice and the manufacture date code. I should note that I do not do track driving, just long distance drives and canyon carving. Its a great tire that holds its own to the MPSS without the cost. I am not an expert driver, so most things I have thrown at these tires have been shrugged off. Even at the limit, the tires break gradually and allowed me to keep the car under control. I have had my current set of tires for just under 2 years now and I am going to need replacements soon (5k miles /year). Even though there is actually a decent amount of tread left, it looks like the rubber might be near the end of its number of heat cycles. I did not think I would get to this point with a summer tire that can do some rain driving as well, so I am def pleased with them. Are there better tires out there? Of course, but for a tire that's going to be used for off track driving, its a fantastic choice if you don't want to drop the cash for some Michelins (especially if you know you aren't really going to max them out anyways).
Helpful 93 - tire reviewed on April 9, 2020
Given 80% while driving a BMW 335i (235/35 R19 W) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
Came from iche Bridgestone S001 and Pirelli PZero 2015. Everything about this Continental Extremecontact Sport is so great. The noise is minimal. The comfort is so good as though my rim has been changed to 18". The grip on dry and wear is leading in this class except for the steering feel. Yes, it provides excellent road feedback and steering is much lighter.

HOWEVER, This tire has soft sidewall which lacks of the immediate feedback THAT I got from Bridgestone and Pirelli. There is a milisecond delay when doing town driving but this goes away when im on the expressway. I travel UK M5 alot and this is what i found out. Because of this, ask yourself if immediate steering feedback is more important or comfort. I'm going for Pirelli PZ4 next summer.

Don't get me wrong. This is a 99/100 tires. I just prefer my VW Golf R with Pirelli pzero 2015 which gives me instant steering feedback.
Helpful 70 - tire reviewed on August 25, 2018
Given 90% while driving a Volkswagen Scirocco 2.0 TSI 210hp (245/40 R18 W) on mostly town for 23,854 spirited miles
Im always a continental user. 5yrs never tried other brand. So i wont be comparing with other brand. But i will review what and how i felt about this tire compare to my previous tire. Previously im using MC5 and each set of tire atleast last for 1-1.5yrs. Quite good in dry and okay in wet but sometimes still get the understeer/oversteer and sometimes i still complain lol.
As for this ExtremeContactSport is just about 3-4 months/20-30k kms+- old. So i cant comment on its wear yet. But in term of performance wise, this ExtremeContactSport is way way better than MC5 in dry and wet. WAY BETTER. Theres no even squiking sound when corner or understeer/oversteer when i test it uphill Genting (Malaysia) on dry and after rain road condition. And using it as daily is not a problem as it still gives you the comfort you need. And im not complaining yet!
Nevertheless, based on the guy who suggested me this tire, Michelin PS4/PS4s will still be the best no doubt, but this tire will definitely give you enough confident that PS4/PS4s has with cheaper alternative by atleast RM150 (in malaysia). I wont recommend any tire except Continental ExtremeContactSport or the best, Michelin PS4/PS4s.
Helpful 90 - tire reviewed on April 23, 2018
Given 88% while driving a Audi A4 Quattro 220 bhp TFSI (255/35 R19 W) on a combination of roads for 6,210 spirited miles
Purchased a sets of this Continental Extreme Contact Sport about 2 months ago, size 255/35R19. Been using it almost 10,000KM (6210 Miles). Excellent in dry grip at approximately temperature at 30 Deg Celcius (in Malaysia). I would give around 82% grip in wet condition at low speed and cornering (120 km/h) and 78% in medium speed (150 km/h). Road feedback is 78%, a bit soft but still can keep up with the speed when cornering. Comfortable, Yes.
I would choose either this current tires that I am using and maybe can compare with GoodYear Asymmetric 3 or slightly lower than Michelin Pilot Super Sport, which is my previous sets of tires.
Helpful 88 - tire reviewed on April 17, 2018
Given 96% while driving a Ford Mustang gt (275/40 R19 W) on a combination of roads for 300 spirited miles
Just had these put on 4 days ago and have already put on 300 miles and made a trip to the drag strip. My initial experience with this is that the lateral grip is quite impressive (10/10), and the longitudinal is very impressive as well, but could be just a little bit better (9/10).
I find them to be a bit on the soft side, which is excellent for my use since these are going to be used primarily for everyday driving; they'll soak up the bumps and undulations in the roads very well. (I have a separate set of wheels and tires for autocross and track use). Because of this soft tendency I wouldn't recommend them over the Michelin PS4S if you plan to use them for double duty. These Conti's are supposed to be even better than the Michelin's in the wet, but I don't have any first hand experience with this, so I can't comment.
Thus-far I am very impressed with these, and would absolutely recommend them for those looking for a good daily set of tires with maybe a couple autocross/short track sessions a year.
Helpful 108 - tire reviewed on March 20, 2018
Given 78% while driving a Mercedes Benz A250 AMG Sport (235/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
First tire change from the michelin pilot sport 3, and itwas a bargain when i got these tire. Based on the feel of the drive it seems to have better comfort than the ps3 however the roll resistance feels much heavier.

Haven't test on the highway and wet surfaces.
Helpful 91 - tire reviewed on December 20, 2017