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Old 12-21-2010, 12:09 PM
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Having lived most of my life in New England, I do love driving in the snow. As I got new tires last spring, Michelin PS A/S ZP+, I had my first snow-test on them last night. Enough jibber-jabber, here are the pics.

I got out to the parking lot;




The highway, slow 25-45 mph drive;









Then the road by my house;





As the car has the full compliment of ABS, traction control, active handling, it was a treat trying to get the car out of shape and to feel/excercise the systems in the slippery stuff.

I loved the "Competition Mode" where the car will let the drive wheels spin but will keep the front of the car pointed where the wheels are pointed (up to a point as the system can't defy the laws of physics), but it was great as the computerized grannies would keep me in line at all times.

Winter, joy.
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:40 PM
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Nice but damn I would be worried about some idiot sliding into the Vette that can not drive in snow

Still looking for my C-6, had a client come by office other day and took me for a quick ride in his 2006 and that really got me hooked even more
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:46 PM
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tprice, that "idiot" that does slide into me IS going to get me that C6, wink-wink.

Base C6 gives 80+ horse over my C6 right off the bat. Still, 350-HP/360 Torque is more than I need, more is always nice though as is the next/current generation.

I'm really "trying" not to get hit . . .
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Nice. Had my M3 out last night for the first time in the snow. I have a staggered set of Dunlop Wintersports 3D's and it handled great
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:57 PM
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I am a secret, even closeted M3 fan. The current 4.4L V8 with 404-HP is just incredible. With pure winter tires on that M3, it has to be good in the snow.
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I have DCT and it has "Drivelogic" settings that allow you to change the power delivery and intensity of the shifts. By setting it all the way down, it makes for very smooth take offs so as not to spin the wheels. I also have 140 pounds of sand in my trunk. I think it is better in the snow than my 335i with this transmission and also the limited slip diff.
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:08 PM
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I'm a big fan of all the "nannies" we've got in our cars nowadays.

I think about an M3 Vert all the time as I could take both the wife and kid with me everywhere we might go. I'm limited to 2 seats for now, which might not be a bad thing . . .
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That is just tazy! I could not even get my twin turbo supra moved 10 feet in my driveway...it slid sideways and I had to wait until the snow melted.
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:46 AM
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I had a a set of Falken FK452's on last winter, got caught in light snow, a coating and I could not get up the driveway. Pure Performance/Summer tires are just no-go in the snow fo'sho'.

Tires sure do make a big difference as the A/S work much, much better with very little traction penalty in the dry/summer.
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:51 PM
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Has anybody tried really aggressive tires on a Mustang? The old lady has "all-weathers" but the salesman said they are realy only 3-season and it is a sled in winter weather so she drives the Ranger in the winter. She really loves the Mustang though and I'm thinking of splitting the difference with her next time she gets new rubber. It was a big jump so I want to know if it would be worth the investment. She'd still use the truck when it's actully snowing (I have another car for my own use).
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I used to drive a 73 Corvette in the snow. Now that was a thrill! Pop the gas without getting the front wheels straight and get a 360 view of the world in a second!

Now I drive a 67 vette that really never sees wet roads.
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I had a 95 mustang GT that I put Blizzaks on every winter. They were amazing. The wife wanted the mustang with snow tires over the 4wd cherokee we had at the time. Definately worth it.
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Wow, you got some guts my friend.
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I like to drive my Z71 in the snow, for some real fun, I take it out of 4WD. Oh yeh, I have Michelin LTX M/S for grip
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I'm a big fan of ultra high performance tires in summer and snows in tne winter even on awd cars like bmw's. Never cared that much for a/s tires in either season - they were so/so at everything and never great at anything.
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I was out again Wednesday night and conditions were a bit more challenging as there was a bit more snow on the ground and more cars got a chance to pack it down some, at least on the deserted neighborhoods I was doing some field-testing in.

One long steep hill got me stopped 2/3 of the way up, I had to carefully back down to the bottom and go another way as I realized the limit of the car/tires. Even the driveway was a challenge with the traction control system buzzing/bucking the whole time, once I had come to a stop.

I'll have the car parked here in Greenwich CT as we'll be driving to Philly sometime on Monday morning, eat some cheesesteaks and see the city, then make our way to DC to visit the museums and wherever else the wife wants to go as she has never been.

Kamper, I always have to look at it like this;

Before 4x4, AWD, traction control, ABS and all the other hoo-haa's on cars/trucks nowadays, our parents drove around in the snow with nothing but rear wheel drive and non-power steering/brakes and they made it. Plus, it is not like "they" are not out plowing/sanding/salting all day/all night and we have to be on the roads.



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Originally Posted by thundra View Post
Before 4x4, AWD, traction control, ABS and all the other hoo-haa's on cars/trucks nowadays, our parents drove around in the snow with nothing but rear wheel drive and non-power steering/brakes and they made it. Plus, it is not like "they" are not out plowing/sanding/salting all day/all night and we have to be on the roads.
There was that magical period of time when they had studded snow tires

I drove older 142 Volvos for many years and they loved the snow.
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Thanks guys. I'll probably try this once and if it doesn't work satisfactorily we'll go back to storing the Mustang in the winter. Regardless of what tires the car uses, the truck will still be her storm vehicle.
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You are a brave man. I have a 10' ZR1, but would never dream of winter driving with that thing.
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