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Tesla specific Michelin tires under development.

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by blanche, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. blanche

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    I have a colleague who is also a Porsche enthusiast. He sent me this email, which I'm quoting for context. The second para relates to Tesla.

     
  2. esk8mw

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    I wonder if this is in anticipation of the next gen Roadster. I'm assuming the engineering process can take quite a long time.
     
  3. strider

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    I bet it could be done in time for Model 3. We're still 20 months from out from shipping which when factoring in Tesla time means 30 months at least. Plenty of time to develop a tire.
     
  4. brianman

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    I wonder of such a tire will have the 20k or the 30k Michelin warranty. The 30K warranty on the PSS is awesome -- for buyers. Not so sure it's a good deal for Michelin, when you put it on a Model S that gets ~11k miles on them. :)
     
  5. Max*

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    So each new set of tires costs the buyer 1/3 of MSRP? That's a pretty sweet deal...
     
  6. strider

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    You can only do it every other set. The "discounted" set doesn't have the warranty. You only get the warranty on tires for which you pay full price.
     
  7. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Indeed ... until they ran out of stock worldwide and I had to (temporarily?) switch back to Continentals.

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    This wasn't the case for me. I went (1) Michelin PSS, (2) Michelin PSS, (3) Continental. Both (2) and (3) were significantly discounted. Perhaps my local Discount Tire screwed up?
     
  8. Evee

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    To wait for these... Or just get the continentals now. Hmm.
     
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    Interesting. I have used Costco for mine and they were very clear that the warranty only applies to tires that are purchased at full price. Somebody's wrong! :confused:
     
  10. TaoJones

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    Hopefully the new variant will have the same 45,000 mile warranty as the Primacy MXM-4. Am at 38,000 with mine and have some tread left, which frankly is pretty surprising; they've worn well this past year. For the upcoming replacement set, was going to punt with a set of the previous OEMs (Goodyear Eagle RS-A2s), since due to the ongoing ESA snafus, the current plan is to now dump the car at 50,000 miles rather than risk open-ended hassles. I figure the Goodyears will be good for 25,000 miles, anyway, which for the price (full set $518 out the door with 2-year road hazard certs and lifetime free rotations and balancing) is... interesting for a tire without a mileage warranty *twitch*.

    Caveats: 1) The Goodyears are reputedly horrible in snow/ice; all-season they are not, despite the marketing. 2) I know of nobody who's gotten 45,000 miles per set with a Model S. and 3) Per Dr. Straubel's 12/2015 blog entry, there's a 3% range penalty for the Goodyears versus the Primacys @ 65mph, and that gets worse at lower speeds. So there's all of that.

    The aforementioned notwithstanding, I generally prefer to put the best tires I can rationalize between me and the road, and fwiw, the Michelins have held up great. A replacement set is $1400 (mas o menos) out the door either from the SvC or from any of four other options (Discount/America's Tire, Sam's Club, Costco, Tire Rack). No complaints, all things considered. They're probably quieter than the Goodyears, and I suspect the sidewalls aren't as soft, either.

    The question that comes to mind is how much these spiffy new Tesla-specific Michelins will cost; sounds like we won't know for a year or so yet.
     
  11. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

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    Well, we know how Tesla will lower the price of the Model 3. $35k for the car, but the replacement tires will be $2,000 a set. :p
     

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