Winter is Coming Part 2: Performance Winter / Snow Tires

Performance Winter / Snow tire consumers generally live in areas that receive little or no snow accumulation, but experience freezing or near-freezing temperatures. The benefits using these tires are twofold. First, drivers get an increase in snow and ice traction, but unlike a Studless Ice & Snow tire, where you are keenly aware you are driving on a winter tire, Performance Winter / Snow tires maintain much of the dry road handling capabilities of your summer/all-season tires. Tires in this performance category are a perfect choice for driving enthusiasts who want winter traction without compromise. 

Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

A popular choice for Porsche and Mercedes-Benz owners, the Sottozero 3 receives stellar consumer reviews and provides all-star performance in our internal testing. With a large variety of sizes available, the Winter Sottozero 3 is the current darling of the Performance Winter / Snow category. Pirelli found a winning formula to suit the needs of sports car, sporty sedan and sport minded drivers with a tire that thus far has the best combination of dry, wet and snow/ice traction.

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

Available in an array of popular 18" and 19" sizes, the Alpin PA4 receives excellent marks across the board. It really shines in light snow conditions, as well as on wet and dry roads. To read further on the Pilot Alpin PA4 and see if it's a tire that fits your driving style, read "Snow Tires: Which Have the Right Balance of Performance?"

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32

Available in a broader variety of sizes ranging from 16" to 20", the LM-32 provides very similar wet and dry handling characteristics to the PA4, but with a slight uptick in ice traction.


Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32


Any of the above Performance Winter / Snow options will offer a dramatic increase in winter traction over a summer or all-season tire while maintaining the sports car handling. Shop by vehicle to see if the Sottozero 3, Alpin PA4 or LM-32 are available for your application.

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