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Winter tires for 19's - thoughts?


Aug 15, 2018
For the 8-10 driving days that actually have snow and ice on the ground I can't justify the winter/snow tires. This will be my 2nd winter and the all season tires I have now are fine, just to worn to go another year. The car almost weighs 5000 if you can get traction with that then you must be auto-crossing in the snow. :)


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Dec 12, 2018
Maple Falls, WA
I have the pirelli sottozero, it’s all good. Noise and energy consumption are not significantly changed compared to summer pilot sport 3

I love the Pirelli's and have permanently given up on the more extreme winter tires that make me yearn for warmer weather so I can get that crap off my car!

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This particular the day the snow was coming down faster than the plows could keep up and it was wet with little shear strength. A layer of ice underneath made it even slipperier. But the Pirelli's pulled through making the car feel connected and in control. With no other cars on the road I was able to drive the speed limit with no butt-clenching moments even though the road had no guardrails (there is a large boulder field 100's of feet below the passenger side of the car). There is not even a curb to prevent a car from sliding off the road. The Pirellis have really good winter traction but you would never know you had winter tires on when cruising 70 mph on a curvy highway with bare pavement.
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May 18, 2019
I bought the Continental Viking 7 Contacts referenced in an earlier reply. Haven't had much snow yet, but I'm liking the setup - the Vikings are quieter than the Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires that came on 21" rims with the car. Link to my setup and photos: Winter tire recommendations

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