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Model 3 tire performance

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by insaneoctane, Jun 27, 2017.

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  1. insaneoctane

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    So I assume all tesla vehicles have low rolling resistance tires. How well do these low resistance tires perform? Cornering? Acceleration? I just don't know much about low rolling resistance tires...
     
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    Thanks, but "Depending on the specific technique and materials used by the manufacturers, tire life may be as good as conventional tires, and traction may also be as good" is too vague to for me. Anyone with experience, particularly with Tesla vehicles, care to weigh in with their experience?
     
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    #4 ikjadoon, Jun 27, 2017
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    The performance models definitely don't use LRR tires; they can't handle the ridiculous torque.

    They come stock with what are probably the stickiest legal summer tires produced:

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    But, Tesla still ekes out a lot of range from the P100D (which also has to account for another high-performance motor), just 6% less than the 100D (20 miles).
     
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    I've heard the Model X tires have foam inside them to reduce noise. Tire noise becomes dominant when the rest of the car is so quiet. TireRack has ratings on performance parameters if you know what kind of tires are typically installed, and you can compare them to other tires of the same size and speed rating.
     
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    Latest M3 tires on 18" wheels are Michelin Primacy MXM-4 "Green". 235/45 R 18 TireRack has a video review of them compared to similar tires from other manufacturers. The test cars they used were BMWs. The Michelins did very well.
     
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    That's actually a really great tire. I hope they make it to production. Michelin is a premium manufacturer IMO. The Hankook tire rumour died down a long time ago and have not been seen on any RC's.
     
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    How do you know its the 235/45? All photos I've ever seen its too blurry to tell.
     
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    Photos from the Burbank service center had a good tire shot
    Model 3 RC sightings

    silver-tesla-model-3-burbank-service-center-3.jpg
     
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    Looks like the Primacy MXM-4's (tread wear: 500) might be the more conservative option for the Model 3 considering it's the 18" wheel. It's far from a street tire that would be considered good for performance. Considering that Tesla puts Continental Contisportcontact 5P (tread wear: 280) on the Model S 100D & P100D, there'll probably be a different tire for the 19" wheels. It probably won't be as aggressive as a summer time UHP tire like the Contisportcontact 5P. My guess is that it'll be some kind of HP all season tire.
     
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    All I want from the M3 tires is a quiet, comfortable ride that last at least 40,000 miles.

    To whoever is in charge of the M3 tire procurement - Do whatever else you want but don't sacrifice those three things to get there please.
     
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    Yup. I couldn't care less about "performance".
     
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    Here's a closeup shot of the 19's from a few weeks ago:
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    What a perfect example of how difficult it must be to try and satisfy all potential owners!
     
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    Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

    I put these Pirelli P7 Pluses on my Volt when the stock tires ran out. They are much much quieter than the stock Goodyears were, but seem to have a slight hit in rolling resistance. Grip seems good, on a first gen Volt its hard to tell, but the tires are very well rated for grip by the Tirerack tests and by Consumer Reports.
     
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    Looks like they'll be continuing their relationship with Continental for their 19" wheel/tire option.

    All season touring tire:
    Continental ContiProContact
     
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    There doesn't need to be performance tires on a base vehicle, or any non "P" for that matter. That's why there are tire upgrade options.
     

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