Tesla Model 3 Winter Wheel/Tire Packages Now Available

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JAN 16 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 10

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Tesla Model 3 in the snow

We’ve been inundated with Tesla Model 3 winter weather/driving videos as of late, and winter tires have been a huge topic of interest.

This is especially true since there have been two major stories surrounding Model 3 long-distance trips, and a few YouTubers that live in colder climates took delivery of their vehicles over the holidays.

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Tesla Model 3 18” Aero Wheel and Winter Tire Package

Dan Zorrilla, InsideEVs contributor, took delivery of his Model 3 in Fremont and then drove it across the country with Alex Roy to set a new electric-vehicle Cannonball record. You You Xue just completed the whopping Tesla Model 3 Road Trip, which really put the car through the paces. He faced a substantial amount of bitterly cold, foul weather during his time on the road.

Another reason that there has been so much talk surrounding Model 3 tires is that the car is rear-wheel drive, a configuration that is notoriously “not so good” for winter travel. Although there’s a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive variant coming, it’s not here yet. It seems most of the Model 3s that we see experiencing winter driving will be the current single-motor, Long Range sedan.

Anyhow, Tesla has obviously taken notice and recently added Pewag snow chains to its online shop. Now, the automaker is offering a few winter wheel and tire packages for its popular new car.

The Model 3 comes equipped with 18-inch wheels as standard, though 19-inch wheels are available. Many assume a 20-inch option is down the pike, and although Musk has hinted at it, we’re still awaiting official verification on this. The new packages are described below per Tesla’s website:

Tesla Model 3 18” Aero Wheel and Winter Tire Package

$1,700

Model 3 18” Aero wheel and Pirelli winter tire package provides maximum safety and grip when driving in wet or dry conditions, and on icy or snow-covered roads. The winter package guarantees a high level of traction, stability, and braking efficiency under 45 ℉, which translates to excellent comfort while driving, so you can enjoy wherever you drive with confidence.

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Tesla Model 3 19” Sport Wheel and Winter Tire Package

Includes:

  • 4 x 18X8.5J Aero wheels
  • 4 x 235/45/18 – PIRELLI WINTER SOTTOZERO™ SERIE II
  • 4 x tire pressure sensors
  • 4 x Tesla logo Aero wheel caps

Tesla Model 3 19” Sport Wheel and Winter Tire Package

Model 3 19” Sport wheel and Pirelli winter tire package provides maximum safety, control and performance in all winter weather conditions. The winter package guarantees a high level of traction, stability, and braking efficiency under 45 ℉, which translates to excellent comfort while driving, so you can enjoy wherever you drive with confidence.

Includes:

  • 4 x 19X8.5J Sport wheels
  • 4 x 235/40/19 – PIRELLI WINTER SOTTOZERO™ 3
  • 4 x tire pressure sensors
  • 4 x Tesla logo Sport wheel center caps

Lug nuts and lug nut covers sold separately

Price includes shipping and installation and ships to your selected Service Center.

Source: Electrek

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10 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 Winter Wheel/Tire Packages Now Available"

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I’m more interested in a heated steering wheel. I wonder if it’s already there, but not yet acticated, like the rear seat heaters.

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Amen to that!

I’m in my 4th (and last) winter with a 2014 Nissan Leaf.

Don’t know how I survived all those many gas guzzling years with no heated steering wheel.

Oh, wait, I lived mostly in CA at the time!

I disagree with your assertion that RWD is “not so good for winter travel” … that may have been true for ICE vehicles with the heavy engine over the front wheels but not for BEVs where the battery weight is evenly distributed … I shudder to think of a FWD BEV using regen braking when going down any icy hill, the front tires will dig in and the back end will fishtail. If you’re lucky the car will end up going backwards down the hill but it could easily go in the ditch or worse. Similar things happened to people I know with a FWD standard transmission using the engine to slow down. For that reason and limited power to front wheels I’ve never owned a FWD vehicle and never will.

Chain control in the mountains wont care if I have a heated steering wheel. This package wont do me any good without dual motor (AWD)

My rwd S is fantastic in Canadian winter with snow tires.

Folks are forgetting about Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Lakes, place many in California frequent…I was just in Mammoth Lakes this past extended weekend and there are people who go to these vacation locations who never even buy lift tickets…It’s just a fun winter getaway…

Does the aero wheel improve range?

Has anyone tried a 17” wheel yet? I was hoping for a little more meat on the tire for rough winter roads, plus the tires are a bit less expensive.

So if the 18″ is $1700 what is the 19″?

Why is 4 tire pressure monitors mentioned since these are required on all cars?