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  • Winter tires vs. All Season vs. Summer

    Related to this thread about driving your C8 in the snow: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-to-much/page2

    If you do plan to drive in the snow, this article will be of interest:

    https://www.motor1.com/news/550291/s...=pocket_mylist

    Summer Vs All-Season And Winter Tire Test In Snow Might Surprise You

    These US-spec tires all come from Michelin, but they aren't all equal.

    Yes folks, it's that time of year. Snow is flying in the northern latitudes, and that means slippery conditions for drivers. Often have we praised the immense benefits of snow tires for people that regularly encounter such conditions, and we've shared many videos demonstrating those benefits firsthand. This one is special for a couple of reasons, starting with it being an all-Michelin showdown featuring US-spec rubber.

    That means we get a proper look at a good set of all-season tires available in North America, and how they compare to dedicated winter tires. For the test, Tyre Reviews headed to the tip of Michigan's northerly Keweenaw Peninsula where the snow is dry, deep, and where there's a test track for thoroughly exploring grip in low-grip situations. And just for giggles, the test includes a set of high-performance summer tires. Spoiler alert: they are scary bad in snow, but you already knew that.

    Yes folks, it's that time of year. Snow is flying in the northern latitudes, and that means slippery conditions for drivers. Often have we praised the immense benefits of snow tires for people that regularly encounter such conditions, and we've shared many videos demonstrating those benefits firsthand. This one is special for a couple of reasons, starting with it being an all-Michelin showdown featuring US-spec rubber.

    That means we get a proper look at a good set of all-season tires available in North America, and how they compare to dedicated winter tires. For the test, Tyre Reviews headed to the tip of Michigan's northerly Keweenaw Peninsula where the snow is dry, deep, and where there's a test track for thoroughly exploring grip in low-grip situations. And just for giggles, the test includes a set of high-performance summer tires. Spoiler alert: they are scary bad in snow, but you already knew that.

    What about the all-season tires? Usually, an all-in-one tire means nothing is done well, but here's where things get interesting. The Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 tires didn't actually compromise that much in snow. Lap times were 23 seconds longer compared to the winter tires, but for acceleration and braking, the differences were just a couple of seconds. The real eye-opener was the measure of control these tires maintained, gripping the snow with enough bite to easily handle the car and even accelerate from a dead stop on a hill. Interesting.

    Obviously, not all tires are created equal but in this instance, Michelin's all-season tires performed surprisingly well. They still didn't match the snow tires, but the video concludes the tires could be a solid option for drivers not dealing with snow on a constant basis.

    As for the Pilot Sport 4S, it took a whopping 23 seconds for the car to reach a blistering 20 mph on snow, never mind trying to turn or stop. That's pretty much all you need to know about summer tires in winter.

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    That was such a fun video to watch. Great video find and post. Thanks meyerweb. Reinforces that when I wear out my Z07’s Cup2 R’s, I will consider going directly to the Michelin All Season 4’s we have already seen on what we believe is an E-Ray testing.
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