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    For those of us winter drivers I was wondering how much snow is to much to drive in. I don't mind driving when it is snowing unless it is more then 2" on the road. I'll take the car out after roads have been plowed and sanded . So just curious as to what are your cut off points.

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    In the first drive video with EddieX, we heard Vehicle Performance Manager Alex MacDonald say with the Z07’s splitter we plowed snow at Kinross — the Smithers, Michigan winter testing facility pictured below.

    Since the Z07’ splitter has roughly 5” ground clearance, there is part of your answer. However they could well have used the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 true snow tires for those tests.

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    • #3
      There are multiple reasons why I don't Drive my C8 in Winter Snow.
      1. I don't trust other Drivers skill in Winter Snow
      2. Too much Rock Salt, Ice, Road Debris and Dirt and Grime kicked onto a Low Clearance Vehicle
      3. I have 2-Two other All-Wheel Drive Choices that can easily get cleaned at the local Carwash
      4. CORRECTION: There nothing pleasurable for me driving my C8 in the Snow, so why sacrifice my C8, when I can have Fun with My 4x4s
      5. I waited almost a Year and Half to get my C8
      Last edited by Plentyfast; 11-22-2021, 03:37 PM.
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      • #4
        I will let these two pictures be the guidelines of how deep of the snow a C8 Z51 with front lift can handle - obviously, with Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 true winter tires. Second picture is on fresh snow. My cutoff point is likely 4 inches.

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        • #5
          Living where there is no snow I know nothing about it. I even ask many people and can't get answer of where the white color goes when it melts.

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          • #6
            I have zero doubt in the C8 / Z51 abilities to handle Snow ... 👌

            That said, I'll take the 4x4 to store
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            • #7
              for those who are old enough to remember driving when all cars & most trucks were rear wheel drive only, we Learned how to drive in snow / ice. As front wheel / all wheel & 4-wheel came to pass, I now think rear wheel drives are for nice weather. Guess with the C8 you won't need to put salt bags in trunk for weight LOL

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              • #8
                Like my C7, my C8 is a no go in the snow even though I have AS tires. Normally not much snow here in MD but when those conditions exist, ice and salt are also present.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Plentyfast View Post
                  There are multiple reasons why I don't Drive my C8 in Winter Snow.
                  1. I don't trust other Drivers skill in Winter Snow
                  2. Too much Rock Salt, Ice, Road Debris and Dirt and Grime kicked onto a Low Clearance Vehicle
                  3. I have 2-Two other All-Wheel Drive Choices that can easily get cleaned at the local Carwash
                  4. There nothing pleasurable for me driving in Snow, so why sacrifice my C8
                  5. I waited almost a Year and Half to get my C8
                  This all day long. Not to mention my driveway is steep and there's no way a rear wheel drive vette let alone most rear wheel drive trucks will make it up my driveway. The salt alone on the roads is enough to not want it on your sports car. The salt and brine that's used is so corrosive on vehicles.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Plentyfast View Post
                    There are multiple reasons why I don't Drive my C8 in Winter Snow.
                    1. I don't trust other Drivers skill in Winter Snow AGREE
                    2. Too much Rock Salt, Ice, Road Debris and Dirt and Grime kicked onto a Low Clearance Vehicle AGREE
                    3. I have 2-Two other All-Wheel Drive Choices that can easily get cleaned at the local Carwash AGREE
                    4. There nothing pleasurable for me driving in Snow, so why sacrifice my C8 DISAGREE
                    5. I waited almost a Year and Half to get my C8 AGREE
                    I'm 80% with you! Where we part is "nothing pleasurable...driving in snow." Oftentimes driving in snow is absolute blast.

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                    • #11
                      I like the vette when I can either take the top off or have the possibility to jump on it. Snow is no-go on both counts in addition to Plentyfast points 1 and 2.

                      I drove through a little bit of snow on the drive home from MacMulkin. Both weather mode and grandma mode were engaged as I have summer tires on my Z51.
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                      • #12
                        This is too much snow here in Florida.

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                        • #13
                          Brad now that's a switch, you've had more now than me in IL 😂

                          ... I wish I could say that would last.
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                          • #14
                            That was four years ago so not current. It's going to be in the 30s tonight but no snow.
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                            • #15
                              If I HAD TO, I'd probably be willing to drive in snow as long as it's not so deep I'm plowing it. With A/S tires and all that weight on the back, it'll probably do as well as many FWD cars. I drove front engine, rear wheel drive cars with bias ply snow tires (on the rear only) in much worse snow in western PA. I think the modern A/S tires are probably as good as the snows back then, and more weight on the rear wheels. (Also wider tires, though.) But as others have said, why expose the car to salt and sand and sliding fools if you don't need to.
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