Originally Posted by MP4.2+6.0
DWS06's work for me. Still on car from my winter use scenario--and they passed that test for a snowy Tahoe season this year. Summer ones are DW's which I was running through most of last fall. My S8 came with the 21" Dunlop noise reducing one. Frankly, I haven't perceived meaningful differences among any of them noise wise. Stock exhaust on dynamic setting--basically the faux Soundakator of course--is more noticeable than tire noise, and several times now I have heard tires on other vehicles at highway speeds and not really anything from S8. Obviously the DWS06 has the wet/snow/colder traction advantage.
Do realize the DWS 06's were retuned somewhat from the straight DWS's. The earlier ones are somewhat more snow agressive, while the 06's a bit more dialed toward performance and less mushiness side. Michelin meantime did just about the opposite with the 3+ (compared to A/S3)where more than a few found the older AS's not up to snuff for any winter snow/ice traction but did view it as more performance oriented than older DWS. I like where the AS3+ went, but my personal experience with older one on my D3 W12 was it was literally unsafe in modest winter conditions. My wife and I both badly slid the car (and barely recovered), which never happened on any other family Audi or tire set in last 15 years. Again, the AS3+ is the modified one to deal with that, which I would then be happy with. But neither those is the N spec either, and I guess 275/40-20 only comes in DWS06. D3 size (same as S7) had more choices here, but then also be careful with feedback that you are getting applies to apples, including DWS06 and not separate DWS.
yeah i change out tires way too soon so i have tried a lot of tires already...at least the extreme summer tires...havent messed with too many a/s but now im trying to stay with something that is a little more comfortable...which is why i wanted the cinturato p7 a/s pluses which is a grand touring tire.
the dws06 i know is different than the dws and all the pluses that came out...however i dont have any experience with any of them except maybe the dws06 for my dads car which were good but not silent like i thought it would have been. i guess these summer tires with noise shield is pretty tire...after reading the reviews on the michelin a/s tires i was turned off by them saying is it too stiff of a tire so i cant imagine the a/s pluses would be significantly softer even if they are quiet.
my 2 options in the a/s for 275/40/20 are the pirelli p zero a/s pluses or the conti dws06 that im interested in. but if the consensus is that dws are quiet then i guess those are my tires since its decent in the snow.