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      Switching to summer tires from A/S in Bay Area?

      Hey guys,

      Recently moved to Bay Area from the East coast and I've been thinking about switching from the stock P-zeros A/S on my R-Design to summer tires like the Pilot Sports that come as OEM fitment for the Polestar cars.

      Having lived on the East coast for so long I actually haven't ever had summers on a car before so I have a few questions, especially for those running summers on an XC60:

      I've read that they should be markedly different than A/S in grip, handling, noise, etc. but how much of a difference should I really expect in the driving experience?

      For those in the Bay Area, any rationale for sticking with A/S over Summers? The only thing I can think of would be an occasional trip to Tahoe or somewhere else that has some snow, but that would be extremely infrequent.

      Thanks for any thoughts/suggestions on this.
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      you'll love having summer tires. made the switch 4 years ago and haven't turned back. they do great in rain too which you get a lot more up in the bay than down here in so cal
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      Quote Originally Posted by jschinito View Post
      you'll love having summer tires. made the switch 4 years ago and haven't turned back. they do great in rain too which you get a lot more up in the bay than down here in so cal
      Thanks! I was thinking the same thing, plus I'm planning on having the Heico suspension done fairly soon so the combination of the two could be great. The new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S seem like the right call and from early reviews handle rain and standing water better then previous versions.

      Just trying to weigh out any options when having A/S would be the right call out here.
      Last edited by JMFangio; 05-07-2017 at 09:54 PM.
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      Consider the latitude sport 3 as a summer option.I am very very pleased after a month of use
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      Quote Originally Posted by kire612002 View Post
      Consider the latitude sport 3 as a summer option.I am very very pleased after a month of use
      Thanks. For some reason, this tire didn't show up as an option on Tirerack IIRC. What made you choose it over the super sports? I see that it's designed for SUV fitment...
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      It is designed for performance all wheel drives (originally for Porsche Macan) .A bit expensive but worth it, at least in my country that summer tyres are all year round.
      I surely feel more confident handling 310+ hp
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      Quote Originally Posted by JMFangio View Post
      Hey guys,
      The only thing I can think of would be an occasional trip to Tahoe or somewhere else that has some snow, but that would be extremely infrequent.
      Keep in mind that the A/S marking on the tires will allow you (with AWD) to get over California mountain passes without being required to install 'traction devices' at chain control stations. Consider some of the ultra high performance A/S tires.
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      Quote Originally Posted by JMFangio View Post
      Thanks. For some reason, this tire didn't show up as an option on Tirerack IIRC. What made you choose it over the super sports? I see that it's designed for SUV fitment...

      Found it...
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      Quote Originally Posted by dlr97 View Post
      Keep in mind that the A/S marking on the tires will allow you (with AWD) to get over California mountain passes without being required to install 'traction devices' at chain control stations. Consider some of the ultra high performance A/S tires.
      Close, but not quite...
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      Quote Originally Posted by Penguin View Post
      A/S tires qualify as snow tires. In practice, on major highways like I80 and I5 Requirement R3 is almost never used (at least in my experience, nearly 50 years). The road is closed instead. So A/S + AWD gets you through almost always without traction devices.
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      Quote Originally Posted by dlr97 View Post
      Keep in mind that the A/S marking on the tires will allow you (with AWD) to get over California mountain passes without being required to install 'traction devices' at chain control stations. Consider some of the ultra high performance A/S tires.
      Thanks for the POV. So more for going skiing vs. everyday scenarios?

      Quote Originally Posted by Penguin View Post
      Yeah, it's listed as a performance SUV-specific or light truck summer, but did some digging and apparently it's OEM fitment on the Macan S and Macan Turbo...
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      Quote Originally Posted by kire612002 View Post
      It is designed for performance all wheel drives (originally for Porsche Macan) .A bit expensive but worth it, at least in my country that summer tyres are all year round.
      I surely feel more confident handling 310+ hp
      Yeah, for some reason it's more expensive than the Super Sport 4S on Tirerack!
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      Quote Originally Posted by JMFangio View Post
      Yeah, it's listed as a performance SUV-specific or light truck summer, but did some digging and apparently it's OEM fitment on the Macan S and Macan Turbo...

      As is the OEM Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico
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      Summer tires will wear much faster than A/S's, especially with a near 4,500 lb AWD. Honestly I don't quite understand blowing through summer tires on a heavy SUV when some of the latest all season tires stick so well, have great rain traction, and last twice as long (especially the eco's). How fast do you need to corner with this lumbering rig? I prefer my tires reach their traction limit before the suv rolls-over...just me. Just get a solid set of all seasons for Goodness sake..LOL.
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