Extra Winter Grip for Tesla Model X - What Winter/Snow Tires Should You Get For Your Tesla Model X?

Embraced the future and gotten yourself a Tesla Model X?  Unfortunately if you live in the Snowbelt that future may involve lots of snow. No worries we've got the dedicated Winter/Snow tires to keep you going.  Let's find the right set for exactly how and where you drive. 

Winter/Snow Tire Size:

Your Model X comes with either 20" or 22" wheels as Original Equipment. We need to find Winter/Snow tires narrow enough for deeper snow yet wide enough to be effective on ice, packed snow and dry roads. 

Ideally we would want to stay close to the overall diameter and weight of the Original Equipment Wheel(s) and Tire(s) to minimize impact on driving range.  Given differences such as tire rolling resistance there is going to be some change in range. There are simply too many variables involved to quantify this change. So what can we consider with respect to range? We  can take  parameters such as tread width, overall diameter and weight into account to minimize effect on range. It's helpful to have some baseline data so here's a summary of our starting point(s)

Tire and Wheel Combination Front Tire Size Front Rim Size Front Tire Tread Width Front Tire Overall Diameter Anecdotal Wheel Wt. Front Approx. Comb. Wt. Front Rear Tire Size Rear Rim Size Rear Tire Tread Width Rear TireOverall Diameter Anecdotal Wheel Wt. Rear Approx. Comb. Wt. Rear
Michelin 20" 255/45-20 20x9 ET35 8.7" 29.1" 32 63 275/45-20 20x9.5 ET35 9.6" 29.8" 33 68
Continental 20" 265/45-20 20x9 ET35 8.5" 29.4" 32 62 275/45-20 20x9.5 ET35 8.9" 29.7" 33 63
Pirelli 22" 265/35-22 22x9 ET35 9.5" 29.3" 38 72 285/35-22 22x10 ET40 10.5" 29.9" 40 78
Goodyear 22" 265/35-22 22x9 ET35 9.8" 29.3" 38 71 285/35-22 22x10 ET40 10.5" 29.9" 40 76
Tesla Pirelli 19" Winter Package (Same Size Front & Back) 265/50-19 19x8.5 ET35 9.2" 29.7" 30 65 265/50-20 19x8.5 E35 9.2" 29.7" 30 65

In a perfect Teslan wheel and tire world we want to avoid the inefficiencies of a wider tread width and greater rotational weight while maintaining an comparable overall diameter.

Studless Ice and Snow Wheel & Tire Package:

Have you read our Snow Tire Overview and concluded you need the superior ice grip and packed snow traction of Studless Ice and Snow tires?  The specific combination I would go with is the 255/50-19 Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow Michelin Latitude X-ICE XI2's on  19x8.5 ET 28 Bright Silver Sport Edition WX9's. I like the Latitude X-ICE XI2's combination of ice & packed snow grip, dry road handling and decent wear for their category.  The 19x8.5 ET 28 Bright Silver Sport Edition WX9's are mechanically comparable to Original Equipment wheels. Approximate wheel and tire assembly weight is 60 pounds, tire tread width 8.6" minimizing change in known range influencers.  With Free Mounting and Balancing your total with Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensors is only $1891.04*     

255/50-19 Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow Michelin Latitude X-ICE XI2 $224.76*
255/50-19 Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow Michelin Latitude X-ICE XI2 $224.76*
19x8.5 ET 28 Bright Silver Sport Edition WX9 $181*
19x8.5 ET 28 Bright Silver Sport Edition WX9 $181*

 

20" Performance Winter/Snow Tires Wheel & Tire Package:

Do you live on the fringes of Snowbelt and/or are your more of  a spirited driver? Then go with Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter/Snow Michelin Latitude Alpin LA2's in the standard 265/45-20 Front & 275/45-20 tandem. The Alpin LA2's  have impressed with great overall capability including very good cold wet grip. As for a wheel choice consider the  20x8.5 ET 35 Bronze KMC 696 Pivot front wheels and 20x9.5 ET 38 Bronze KMC 696 rear wheels.  Approximate wheel and tire assembly weights are 64 pounds for the Front and 66 pounds for the Rear. With Free Mounting and Balancing your total with TPMS sensors is $2185.02.*

Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter/Snow Michelin Latitude Alpin LA2's in the standard 265/45-20 Front & 275/45-20 $1119.02*
Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter/Snow Michelin Latitude Alpin LA2's in the standard 265/45-20 Front & 275/45-20 $1119.02*
20x8.5 ET 35 Bronze KMC 696 Pivot front wheels and 20x9.5 ET 38 Bronze KMC 696 rear wheels $806*
20x8.5 ET 35 Bronze KMC 696 Pivot front wheels and 20x9.5 ET 38 Bronze KMC 696 rear wheels $806*

 

Your future is here, don't let a little snow get in your way. 

*Prices subject to change, excludes shipping

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