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High Performance Tire life expectancy


Oct 17, 2011
Anybody have an idea how many miles we can expect to see out of the High Performance Tires? Is it like the Lexus IS300 which used to (may still be the case, i dunno) only be good for around 10k miles? Seems like a significant portion (or vocal minority) of the people around here are worried about the nickles and dimes of the S. Having to change tires every year could add up quick on 21" tires. I get the impression that this group of forum goers wants the S but can only really afford the BlueStar.

Larry Chanin

President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts
Aug 22, 2011
Sarasota, Florida

Dave EV

Active Member
Jun 23, 2009
What are the actual tire sizes, have those specs been released? I'd guess 245/45/19 for the 19" wheels and 245/35/21 for the 21" wheels... Not a lot of options for the 21s...
Here are the tire sizes copied from my previous post.

1. 245 x 45 R19 and 2. 245 x 35 ZR 21 I believe these are fairly common sizes and should make tires fairly accessable.
Wow, I'm a good guesser (swear I haven't seen that pic of the tire size or your previous post. :smile:

Anyway, back to tire wear, you need to look at the UTQG rating - I see a very wide range of UTQG ratings for the 245/45/19 (over 500) which should wear very well - one should be able to get 40k miles out of a set of those depending on your driving style. On the other hand you have tires around 200 which should wear out in about 2/5ths the time or around 15k miles.

In the 245/35/21 size at best I see UTQG ratings around 300 and down to 140 - so expect to get substantially less mileage out of your typical 21" tire compared to your 19" tire.

The Advan Sports pictured earlier have a UTQG rating of 180. I wouldn't expect to get more much more than 15k miles out of them at best.


Roadster + Sig Model S
May 17, 2009
The Continental ExtremeContact DW went from first to third in a TireRack.com review recently for performance tires but don't think the other two are in the correct size. It's still a great tire though.
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but "The ExtremeContact DW trades off some handling precision for the best ride quality of the group.."
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