Don't Hibernate Your Camaro

Monday, January 23, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel
The Camaro is definitely one of those cars that everybody seems to love. If you're a Camaro driver who lives up north, you'll need winter / snow tires to keep your vehicle safe. Given the wide variety of Camaro trim levels and drivers' needs, both the Studless Ice and Snow and Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow tire options should be considered.

Winter / Snow Tire Sizes

Depending on your trim level and engine, your Original Equipment tires may have one of the following set-ups: 245/55-18 or 245/50-19 on all four corners, or the staggered set-up of 245/45-20 on the front and 275/40-20 on the rear or 245/40-21 on the front and 275/35-21 on the rear.

If you live in a harsh winter area like Green Bay, Wisconsin that receives lots of snow and you can moderate how hard you drive when the temperatures are warm and the roads are dry, then you should look at 225/65-17 Studless Ice and Snow tires. Camaro SS drivers should consider 235/55-19 Studless Ice and Snow tires since 17" wheels won't clear the O.E. Brembo brakes.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Your Camaro uses a valve-stem-mounted Direct TPMS. O.E. sensors are $50* each and installation is part of our standard mounting and balancing. Your Camaro won't automatically learn the new sensors but you can initialize them yourself by following the instructions in your owner's manual.

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package (Studless Ice and Snow)

A great Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package with a Studless Ice and Snow tire option would be the 225/65-17 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 on the 17x8 Moda EB1 at $1,116** plus shipping.

235/65-17 Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70
225/65-17 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
17x8 35mm offset Hyper Silver Moda EB1
17x8 35mm offset Moda EB1

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package (Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow)

A Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package to consider with a Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow tire would be the 245/50-19 Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow on the 19x8.5 Sport Edition WX5 at $1,720** plus shipping.

245/50-19 Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow
245/50-19 Pirelli Scorpion
Ice & Snow
19x8.5 Bright Silver 28mm offset Sport Edition WX5
19x8.5 Bright Silver 28mm offset
Sport Edition WX5

2011 Chevy Camaro Winter FAQ:
  1. The Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow is listed as a Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow tire but you're recommending it for my Camaro, why? Because many of today's full-size sport sedans, muscle cars and sports cars share vehicle platforms with smaller crossover and sport utility vehicles, they also share their tall tire sizes. The Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow was introduced in 2003 with selected sizes for crossover vehicles and smaller SUVs. Then, well before the current Camaro became available for enthusiasts, Pirelli began adding 50-, 45- and 40-series T-, H- and V-speed rated tires in 17", 18", 19" and 20" wheel diameters for higher performance crossover vehicle applications. Pirelli chose to put these sizes into their Scorpion family and by doing so, the Scorpion Ice & Snow line also "crossed over" to be appropriate for many of today's car applications that use tall tire sizes. So while the Scorpion Ice & Snow's tire category may seem unusual for a Camaro, its combination of dimensions, wintertime traction and high speed durability are appropriate.

  2. I have 20" wheels as Original Equipment, can I run 20" winter / snow tires? You can run 20" snow tires but there isn't a matching set in a 245/45-20 front and 275/40-20 rear set-up, so you would have to run 245/45-20 on the front and back.
*Prices subject to change
**Including sensors, prices subject to change

Comments on Don't Hibernate Your Camaro

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 by Michael:
TireRack needs to get narrower wheels, especially for winter tires.
225/65 17 should be on a 6.5" or maybe a 7" wide wheel.
235/55 19 should be on a 7" to 7.5"
If they can't be sourced, then maybe TireRack could make its own line of wheels...
Monday, November 26, 2012 by Cindy Parsons:
I have a 2011 Camaro SS with front 245/45ZR20Y and back 275/45ZR20 tire sizes. I live in WV and this is my only means of transportation. My husband said I bought it so I have to drive it! I am thinking of the Blizzak tires and rims. What size should I get since I have two tire sizes. A woman on her own!!
Friday, August 22, 2014 by cy:
Cindy,for your parameters I'd recommend going with 235/55-19 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1's on the Sport Edition WX5 wheels listed above. Thanks. Cy.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by Kathleen:
looking for winter tires. Camaro rs 97. I have 225-55-16 and see there is no winter tire in this size. Please advise the rim and tire I need to buy. Need to drive my car in snow. Thanks.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by cy:
Thank you for your inquiry. This blog focuses on wheels & tires for the 5th Generation Camaro. See winter options for your 4th Generation Camaro here:

http://www.tirerack.com/snow/WinterPackageMain.jsp?autoMake=Chevrolet&autoModel=Camaro&autoModClar=&autoYear=1997&affiliate=HK8

Thanks.

Cy
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Sonya :
I love in Michigan and just bought a 2012 45th anniversary edition RS. What type/size winter tires do you recommend?
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by cy:
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by Kendrick:
I have a 2012 Camaro 2SS with 245/45zR20 on front and 275/40ZR20 on rear and decided to replace them with Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season: 245/45R20 103W XL Eagle Sport A/S VSBTL on front and 275/40R20 106W XL Eagle Sport A/S VSBTL on rear. Why haven't your readers considered this option for winter tires on their Camaro? It's the closest match they can get to their stock tires and the ratings are excellent.
Thursday, December 11, 2014 by cy:
Kendrick, thanks for your input.
The Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Seasons are a decent choice for someone outside the deep Snowbelt. Given the Camaro's rear-wheel dynamics and power, those in middle of the snow belt are best served by the superior winter traction of dedicated winter/snow tires. Thanks. Cy.
Saturday, December 13, 2014 by Danielle:
I have a 2011 Camaro RS and would like to get snow tires for this winter. Possibly a foolish question but due to the expense, do I need to get all 4 or can I get away with just 2 in the rear?
Monday, December 15, 2014 by cy:
Danielle,

If you install snow tires just on the rear you’ll be able to accelerate in snow but you won’t be able to stop or turn so snow tires must be installed front & rear.

On warmer winter days your front summer tires will have more grip so that your car might fishtail during evasive maneuver.
Matching front and rear tires maintains proper handling.

Thanks. Cy.

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