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Some P85Ds being delivered with non-staggered wheels

Puff

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Dec 26, 2014
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San Diego, CA
Was informed by the service center that the P85D's being delivered with 21's are getting the conti 245/35/21 all around as standard. Staggered is a thing of the past. Anyone else get theirs recently with this?
 

dsm363

Roadster + Sig Model S
May 17, 2009
18,279
156
Nevada
That's probably a good thing. Can finally rotate tires and save a little money that way on expensive tires.
 

brianman

Burrito Founder
Nov 10, 2011
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Staggered was in the "con" column for the P85D for me. I'm glad Tesla has decided they aren't necessary -- because that's much better than me just not using them.
 

jpet

Jan P.
Aug 8, 2014
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Herne & Leuven, BE
I wouldn't be surprised this is just another step towards reducing the number of possible parts / combinations and has less to do with the advantage / disadvantage of having larger rear tires for grip.
 

jsaccio

Member
Jan 17, 2015
55
0
Charlotte, NC
My P85D arrived today and it does NOT have staggered tires. The rears and the fronts are now 245/35/21 Continental ContiSportContact 5. These cost more than the Michelins on Tire Rack.
 

jerry33

(S85-3/2/13 traded in) X LR: F2611##-3/27/20
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Mar 8, 2012
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My P85D arrived today and it does NOT have staggered tires. The rears and the fronts are now 245/35/21 Continental ContiSportContact 5. These cost more than the Michelins on Tire Rack.

Right. The "S" have a foam liner on the inside to reduce noise. This liner has to be installed after the vulcanization is done, so it's an extra step--hence more expensive.
 

Dennis87

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Nov 15, 2014
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Norway
Any more updates on what wheel people get on the P85D?
Really hope my car is delivered with staggered wheels and PS2. The staggered setup and 265 tires in the rear was the reason i did choose the 21 wheel package.
 

ArtInCT

Always Learning
Sep 2, 2014
1,713
433
Southern Connecticut
The Continental ContiSportContact 5 Silent tire is about a $405+ tire per in the USA retail, no delivery or taxes in that price.
Note that there are two versions of that tire, the more expensive is the Silent version, the other version is not the silent version and is somewhat less expensive.
 

Paul8810

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Jun 19, 2013
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YEG / PHX
P85D tire size no longer staggered

My p85d entered production beginning of February and thankfully arrived with the staggered setup. I also ordered the 21 winter set which is not staggered, and I think the offset looks terrible. I much prefer the look of the wider tires on the rear.
 
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dennis

Model S Plaid
Jul 26, 2012
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Silicon Valley CA
The ContiSportContact 245/35 has a tread width of 8.3". The Pilot Sport 2 265/35 has a tread width of 9.7". Which one would you prefer on your 691 HP 5000 lb. sedan?
 

jerry33

(S85-3/2/13 traded in) X LR: F2611##-3/27/20
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Mar 8, 2012
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The ContiSportContact 245/35 has a tread width of 8.3". The Pilot Sport 2 265/35 has a tread width of 9.7". Which one would you prefer on your 691 HP 5000 lb. sedan?

1. Given the same pressure, the contact area will be the same on both tires.

2. On anything other than dry pavement, the narrower tire will have superior performance.
 

jerry33

(S85-3/2/13 traded in) X LR: F2611##-3/27/20
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Mar 8, 2012
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PS2 is the king on wet so I dont think so...
A PS2 19" tire would be better in wet than a PS2 21" tire. If the tire isn't the same, then all bets are off. (And sometimes even the same model of tire isn't the same in different sizes.) My bad for not putting "all things being equal" in the previous post.
 

NOLA_Mike

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May 11, 2013
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Hammond, LA
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Hybris

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Sep 14, 2013
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Sweden
Yepp. All proper sportscars have PS2 or SS. Not continental... I asked when ordering and they said 265 and PS2. If they deliver on square and continental I will be upset...
 

sillydriver

Member
Oct 19, 2014
840
637
Middleburg, va
I finally picked up my P85D the other day (had recycled the order from last year because I wanted it delivered with the new seats). Was surprised when I looked at the 21" tires this morning and saw four identical Conti's. A search on "not staggered" brought me here. I suppose with the P85D's weight more evenly biased thanks to its front motor, it gives Tesla an excuse not to stagger. When these tires wear out I am inclined to get Pilot SuperSports. I have them on another car and love the performance.
 

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