Don't Hibernate Your Camaro

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


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:


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?
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


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.
Monday, January 12, 2015 by Jim

I have a 2015 Camaro 2LT convertible with RS package with the 245/45/20 front and 275/40/20 rear Summer tires. Everything is stock? Looking for winter tire package and selected the 225/65/17 Blizzak WS80 tires with the Rial Como 17x7.5 35mm offset wheels. Before ordering just wanted to make sure everything will fit fine with no issues. Thanks.
Monday, January 12, 2015 by cy

That set-up will fit fine. Keep in mind the skinnier tire will change the look of the car. 225/65-17’s will have a 2” narrower section width (bulge part of the tire) compared to your rear 275/40-20’s. If your Camaro will be your daily driver in the Northeast though, it makes sense to go skinny.
Thanks. Cy.
Saturday, January 31, 2015 by Peter

I have a 2014 Camaro 2LT coupe with the RS Package. I will be going to Syracuse, NY for school, would the snow tires do the job for that kind of area that gets such harsh winter? or would not even snow tires do the job?
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by Cy

You'll definitely want to install a set of snows if looking to drive through the Syracuse winter. Take a look at a 17" studless ice and snow for the best possible traction. Thanks, Cy
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 by Steve

2013 Dusk Edition SS, need some input on tires as the PZERO, that was stock, not real pleased with them, any other suggestions other than 600+ per tire. Thanks
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 by Cy

Recommendations will vary a bit based on your preferences. Give me a call and we can discuss options. Thanks, Cy
Monday, June 1, 2015 by thomas

I have a 2012 Camaro and have any extra set of 20" rims for snow tires. Can I run Blizzak LM-32 245/45/20 on the front and DMV1 275/45/20 on the back
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by cy

Thomas, that combination won't work since you'll have Performance Winter Tires on the front and Studless Ice & Snows on the back. With the mis-match the car will be inclined to oversteer (fishtail) in the snow & understeer (push) in the dry.

We'll have more information on what sizes will be available in the Fall but I'd either go with the new Bridgestone Blizzak DMV2 as Studless Ice & Snow choice or the Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow as a Performance Winter option. Thanks. Cy
Thursday, June 18, 2015 by John

I have just bought a 2013 Camaro 2ss with kook's headers LS3 in/out manifold and performance springs - after marketed by the previous owner - I am about to go get it performance dynatuned as it hasn't been done to optimize the change. I will shortly be moving to Portsmouth Ohio. What tyre/wheel setup would you recommend for winter?
Friday, June 19, 2015 by cy

Since you're in the southern part of the state you'll be dealing with a lot less snow compared to someone in Cleveland so I'd be more inclined to go with a Performance Winter set-up built around 255/45-20 Front & 275/40-20 Rear Pirelli Scorpion Winters.
Saturday, August 8, 2015 by Jarrod

Looking at a 2014 SS with sport package. Comes with P245/45R20 front and P275/40R20 rear *summer only tires* 20x8 front 20x9 rear. Was thinking wheels and tires since potholes are a mile deep here in the winter. Would the 18" wheel/tire package recommended for the 2014 SS fit with the sport package? Not sure if the calipers are any bigger than the base SS or not.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by cy

In order to run 18” wheels on the 5th Generation Camaro SS you’ll have remove the caliper weights (Chevy used caliper weights on early model SS’) or replace the OE brake pads with aftermarket pads that don’t contain weights on the backing plates (Chevy used weights on the pad backing plate on later model SS’). When you do this, brake noise will increase significantly, so there’s a downside to going 18’s on the SS.
Thanks. Cy.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Kathy

Will 235/60 r18 fit my 2015 camaro LT RSpackage for winter tires? blizzak tire
Monday, October 12, 2015 by Cy


The 2015 Chevy Camaro LT w/RS Package normally comes with 245/45-20 front tires and 275/40-20 rear tire but 18” wheels will clear your brakes so you can run 235/60-18 on one of our 18” wheels. Thanks. Cy
Saturday, November 7, 2015 by Annette

I just bought a 2013 Camaro 2LT with 245/50R19s. My plan was to outfit it with Blizzaks, but I guess I should have checked to see if they come in this size before I made up my mind about the car. I NEED Blizzaks in upstate New York! Please tell me I have some safe options for tire/wheel packages that include Blizzaks! Thank you so much for your time.
Monday, November 9, 2015 by cy


For daily driver use in upstate New York I’d recommend going with 225/65-17 Bridgestone Blizzak WS-80’s on 17x7.5 40 ET Bright Sport Edition A12 wheels.

See tire here:

See wheels here:

Any of the winter wheels listed here:

Will work fine so if there’s another style or finish you prefer go with the wheel you like.


Sunday, November 15, 2015 by john

i have a 2015 camaro ls with 245 55 18 tires. i live in snow country. do i need snows on all corners and will 235 60 18 fit properly? thank you much.
Monday, November 16, 2015 by cy

John, 235/60-18'swill fit your 18x7.5" Original Equipment wheels and are close enough to your Original Equipment tire diameter (1/2" large) not to cause issues. Run them front and back to maintain the same level of grip. Thanks. Cy
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Matthew G.

Hi, I notice you are suggesting to go with a smaller rims for winter why is that? Seems like you are suggesting the 18" rims that come with the car isn't good. I found two brands of tires that are available in my area. Which would you suggest and will the standard 18" rims on the car with either of these tires keep me safe in the north east PA?

P245/55R18 Goodyear Eagle Ultra Grip
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 245/55R18
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Matthew G., There is nothing specifically wrong with using 18" wheels and tire, however there are multiple benefits to minus sizing. Check out the benefits here:

Between the two tires you have noted, the Bridgestone will provide better overall traction, but likely at a higher price. Assuming this is for a Camaro, both will give you a significant advantage over the Original Equipment tires.
Saturday, December 5, 2015 by Jack Z.

I think I already know but want to confirm before I buy. I Live in Boston and have 2012 Camaro LT RS with 245/45 R20 and 245/ 40 R20 tires. Looking to buy 18X8 wheels and 235/60 R18 winter tires. Want to make sure that this set-up will fit without problems? Thanks!
Monday, December 7, 2015 by cy

Jack Z,
Yes, 235/60-18 with 18" wheels that we list in our Winter section will work fine.
Thanks. Cy.
Saturday, January 9, 2016 by Carolyn Rapelye

I own a 2011 RS Camero with 20 inch wheels. I have 20 inch snow tires in the back and am looking for snow tires to put on the front. Can you please inform me of what I can use and where I can get them? I live near Northampton,MA
Monday, January 11, 2016 by cy

Ms. Rapelye,

It’s critical that you have the same amount of grip front & rear so snow tires must match exactly.
You need to get the same exact brand and model that you have in the rear.
If the tire manufacturer doesn’t make your snow tire in compatible size then unfortunately you’ll have to downsize to 4 smaller wheels & tires. Thanks. Cy
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 by LC

I live in Houston but want to put some Pirelli Scorpion Verde 275/45/20 tires on the back of my car...will this be okay? My brother has a brand new set of Scorpion, and i am in need of back tires. I have new Pirelli PZero in the front.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 by Cy


It's a bit tall for the car but more importantly I wouldn't recommend mixing a summer and all season tire. The best bet would be matching PZero in the rear. Give me a call if you want to get a pair on the way.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016 by eric

These articles were very helpful. I have a 2014 Camaro convertible with 20" wheels. I stored it this year but am thinking about going to 225 18" wheels. I know feel that I can do that thanks
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 by cy

Eric, thank you for your question. Just to clarify, you’ve got a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible that’s not an SS, correct? If so 18” wheels will clear your brakes fine so we just need an 18” snow tire that’s narrow enough cut through deeper snow yet wide enough for ice and dry roads. Ideally we want to match the 20” tires’ overall diameter of 28.7” front & 28.6” rear. At 28.6” overall diameter, 225/60-18 would the 225 width tire size to use if you wish to use a fairly narrow snow tire. Please note that all your 225/60-18 winter tire choices have a lower Load Index compared to your Original Equipment 20” tires but they still meet your Camaro’s GAWR (load carrying requirements). Thanks. Cy.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 by Arty

I have a 2016 Camaro 1LT, currently i have stock 245/40-20 summers stock brakes. I am interested in getting black rims to use for summer and use my stock rims with new winter tires. Is this a smart decision or should i be considering smaller rims to use during winter? What would be my best options.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 by cy

Arty, it depends on harsh of a snow environment that you're in and what category of snow tire you considering. If you're deep in the Snowbelt like say Buffalo then you're better off getting smaller wheels so you can run narrower Studless Ice and Snow tires. If you're on the borders of the Snowbelt and you prefer Performance Winter tires then running 20" snows is feasible.
Thanks. Cy
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 by Ty

So...2011 Canaro 2ss...20" rims. Live in Twin Cities of Minnesota and we had 6-10" recently of snow, with negative temps. I suspect I will be dealing with slick roads and on average 2" of snow.

I saw 18" recommendations, will that clear my calipers? How about 17" winter tires?

What tires specifically will solve my hibernation problem?

Good looking out
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 by Cy

Ty, 17's won't clear at all, 18's will require modifications so I would take the 19" SS set-up listed here:

but go with 255/50-19 Continental WinterContact SI's for better ice and packed snow grip, see this tire here:

With enough advance notice and lead time you'll be able to pick up at Roseville Minnesota warehouse, see:


Thursday, December 29, 2016 by david

hi I'm looking into winter tires for my '14 Camaro rs. has the 245/45/20 front and 275/40/20 back. live in Spokane wa. what would you suggest?
Saturday, December 31, 2016 by Cy

Hi David,

I'm out at the moment but will see additional stock of the Pirelli Scorpion winter late January.

Give us a call if you want to get a set on order. Thanks, Cy
Thursday, January 5, 2017 by Tracey

2013 Dusk Edition SS, need some input on tires as the PZERO 245/40 r21, that was stock, are not available anywhere in the nation. Suggestions other than 600+ per tire this size. Thanks
Friday, January 6, 2017 by Cy

Unfortunately the Pirelli is the only option I have for the 21 inch wheels. I'm hoping we may see the front tires late this month or early February. Thanks, Cy
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by Greg

I have a 2017 LT-1 RS camaro w/ 245/40/20' tires, live in southeastern Wisconsin. What combo would you recommend for this setup? Thanks, Greg
Saturday, March 4, 2017 by michael

I have a 2013 Camaro LT with RS pkg. I am not pleased with the wear on the factory Pirelli Pzeros and have seen where some people have had great success with the Michelin Pilot Super Sports. I can not find this brand in a 285/40/20 106y. Is there another size that will fit this vehicle and if so what repercussions am I looking at if I switch sizes?
Thursday, March 9, 2017 by Cy

Michael, neither the Michelin Pilot Super Sport or its successor, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S are made in a compatible size.

Obviously your wider rear size prevents rotation so that will severely limit wear regardless of your choice. So I would also recommend staying with a reasonably priced tire to lower your cost per mile.

If you're looking to emphasize wear and you can give up some dry grip then the optimal choice for wear, overall performance and value would be the General G-Max AS-03, see:

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by Adam

Hi, I just purchased a 2016 camaro 2ss and wondering what is the best setup for winter tires. I am not looking to break the bank as I will only be driving it for half the winter. Can I get winter tires to put on the stock rims? I can only find ones for the front.
Saturday, November 25, 2017 by Jeff

2011 Camaro (6 cylinder) with BF Goodrich P245/55R18 front and rear.
What winter tires do I need for traveling between north and central Indiana? Considering what I have, do I need winter tires for the rear only or both front and rear.
Thank you for all of your advise.
Monday, November 27, 2017 by zach

If I have a 18 camaro RS 2LT redline with 20" wheels, is it smart to get 18" winter rims and tires? Need to be black rims, but don't know where to get them or what type of tires to get. thanks
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by cy

Jeff with the 2011 Camaro,

Given your potential for deeper snow in your central-northern Indiana driving I would go with narrower 235/60-18 size that will fit your Original Equipment 18x7.5" wheels.

Within that size I like the Michelin Latitude X-ICE XI2 for its combination of packed snow grip, overall winter capability and dry road feel. See this tire here:


Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by Cy

Zach with the 2018 Camaro Standard Brakes,

Yes, 18" winter rims and tires will give a you a wide selection of tires and rims. Go with Studless Ice and Snows if you're deep in the Snowbelt wanting to put heavier emphasis on ice, packed snow and winter proficiency over dry road capability. If you would rather prioritize dry road handling go with Performance Winter Snows .

See options here:


Thursday, November 30, 2017 by Moe

I have a 2017 1SS 1LE Package Camaro. Recommended winter setup to clear the 6 piston brakes(same brakes as the ZL1).

Stock is 20x10 285/30/20 Front
Stock is 20x11 305/30/20 Rear

Thanks so much
Saturday, December 16, 2017 by ramp

Hi! I have 2017 camaro 2LT and it has 20" wheels. Is it possible to use 17" wheels and tires for winter?
Monday, December 18, 2017 by Cy


As long as you have Standard brakes, 17's are compatible.


Sunday, December 24, 2017 by Chris

I purchased a 2012 Camaro 2SS with RS package, and was wondering what the ideal rim and tire setup would be for Northern IL?
Thursday, December 28, 2017 by Cy

Hi Chris,

I'd look at downsizing for the winter. The following link will show available 18" tires and wheels available for the car.



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