Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

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Vehicle: 2012 Ford Mustang Coupe Automatic Transmission
Miles Driven on Tires: 100
Location: hamilton - steel town, ON
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Follow-Up Review: 500 miles on tires
November 27, 2012
UPDATE:<br><br>Snow Performance:<br><br>We had our first snowfall today, around 6 cm. I went to a nearby mall to test it. I drove over impacted and icy snow and no matter how hard I slammed the brakes at 60km, I could not get the car to slide. The ABS only kicked in once which tells me that the tires are doing their job. Next came the donut test (mmm, just thought of Tim Hurtons eh!), while I could get the tires to break a little, the car very quickly regained traction. That said, from a stop, I was reminded that I&#39;m driving a powerful rear wheel drive car, and when I hit the gas a little to enthusiastically, I spun the tires. Go easy here folks, be reasonable, think safe, and I&#39;m sure the car will rarely get stuck at a stop or lose control when accelerating at all speeds. I don&#39;t think I&#39;ll need to add any more weight in the trunk but I have a 12 kg hitch over the rear wheels.
Initial Review: 100 miles on tires
November 18, 2012

My 2012 Mustang V6 is equipped with 235/50/18 all season tires. I was sure that installing a narrower 225/60/17 and higher profile snow tire would result in the typically squirmy and soft performance which many poorly constructed snow tires are afflicted with. I can confirm what several reviewers have claimed about dry performance, and after a few days of spirited city/highway driving, I am amazed that I can barely tell the difference from my higher performance Pirelli Pzero All seasons, and the xi3 tires.

I will be in no rush for winter to end as I've been in the past. Will update once I test in the snow. I considered higher performance snows such as the Aline series but I'm glad that I've gone this route, knowing I have a tire that can actually handle snowy/icy conditions. I have no experience with the Alpines, but the common criticism is that they do not perform much better than stand all season tires in bad conditions. That is a deal breaker for this beaver loving Canuck!

If you drive a sport coupe and are worried about driving in dry conditions, don't be. Similarly if you get some snow during the winter, consider passing on the tires marketed as performance, and get a tire which can keep you safe!

I purchased the xi3 tires with the Elbrus I02 silver painted wheels and they look really great!

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