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    • The difference the right Winter tire makes - Rear wheel drive E46 M3 with Michelin Alpin 4 versus FWD, AWD, and RWD on summer tires in the snow

      This video comparison shows what a huge difference having the right winter tire makes for your car. Even if one has all wheel drive putting summer tires on all four corners does not seem to help anywhere as much as having a dedicated winter tire. The E46 M3 has Michelin Alpin 4 tires and is able on a snow covered incline to do get better traction than any of the cars next to it on summer tires whether they be front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, or all wheel drive for that matter.


      Very impressive tire from Michelin and a great comparison, check out the videos below.





      This article was originally published in forum thread: The importance of winter tires in snow started by DavidV View original post
      Comments 27 Comments
      1. Blitz535i's Avatar
        Blitz535i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by S62R Click here to enlarge
        And the M3 runs only on the normal winter tires.

        This is proper winter tires(Scandinavian mixture with studs):
        Pardon my ignorance but I don't understand the studs...
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Blitz535i Click here to enlarge
        Pardon my ignorance but I don't understand the studs...
        Click here to enlarge
      1. klipseracer's Avatar
        klipseracer -
        AKA, tires you can pretty much ONLY drive on snow. If the roads clear up, you're going to quickly ruin the studs. Nice showing although, I think many studded tires would do exceptionally well against a regular summer tire. Its just a step down from having chains.
      1. ChuckD05's Avatar
        ChuckD05 -
        so many people have no idea about using the right tire. In summer and winter alike. I have dunlop winter sport 3d's and theres a blizzard in NY today and I was able to drive home 5 hours after snow fall with some roads being unplowed. And when u do have trouble, you can usually rock out of it because they do grip somewhat...

        but compared to blizzacks I had on my Z and 135 the dunlops are not as impressive but still far better than any summer tire. I wonder how DWS do in todays snow... @themyst
      1. themyst's Avatar
        themyst -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ChuckD05 Click here to enlarge
        so many people have no idea about using the right tire. In summer and winter alike. I have dunlop winter sport 3d's and theres a blizzard in NY today and I was able to drive home 5 hours after snow fall with some roads being unplowed. And when u do have trouble, you can usually rock out of it because they do grip somewhat...

        but compared to blizzacks I had on my Z and 135 the dunlops are not as impressive but still far better than any summer tire. I wonder how DWS do in todays snow... @themyst
        Wouldn't know, it's at MAC. Got hit.
      1. amclint's Avatar
        amclint -
        @ChuckD05

        DWS do great in light snow when they are brand new, but driving on them year round mine weren't very good their 2nd winter (~20k miles use) so I replaced them and the traction is awesome again. If I got more than a few decent snow storms a year I would buy winters over DWS and run two sets of wheels.
      1. ChuckD05's Avatar
        ChuckD05 -
        I am thinking of them for the wifes Xi car... they should be great
      1. ChuckD05's Avatar
        ChuckD05 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by themyst Click here to enlarge
        Wouldn't know, it's at MAC. Got hit.
        ugh , $#@!, that sucks... some bad luck thrown your way, sorry for redundant ques in other thread.. no need to answer there.... @themyst
      1. xbox_fan's Avatar
        xbox_fan -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by klipseracer Click here to enlarge
        AKA, tires you can pretty much ONLY drive on snow. If the roads clear up, you're going to quickly ruin the studs. Nice showing although, I think many studded tires would do exceptionally well against a regular summer tire. Its just a step down from having chains.
        This is wrong, you are even supposed to run your studded tires 50-100km on asphalt before the winter and snow comes to get the top dry surface of the rubber away.


        If you break in your studded tires and done drive to aggressively the studs isn't going nowhere.
      1. S62R's Avatar
        S62R -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by xbox_fan Click here to enlarge
        This is wrong, you are even supposed to run your studded tires 50-100km on asphalt before the winter and snow comes to get the top dry surface of the rubber away.


        If you break in your studded tires and done drive to aggressively the studs isn't going nowhere.
        Correct!

        Greetings from Finland!
      1. xbox_fan's Avatar
        xbox_fan -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by S62R Click here to enlarge
        Correct!

        Greetings from Finland!
        Thanks Click here to enlarge
      1. CubanJJ09's Avatar
        CubanJJ09 -
        Got a set of alpin4s I can attest they're a great overall tire. After having a set of blizzaks the alpins have a better dry while the bliz had better wet/snow traction. Good comparison vid
      1. klipseracer's Avatar
        klipseracer -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by S62R Click here to enlarge
        Correct!

        Greetings from Finland!
        Well I've owned a few sets of winter tires with studs myself growing up in the snow. I'm well aware of a break in period, but being a lazy young lad at the time I've ruined more than one set of studs driving on the asphalt for too long. This was 15 years ago as I no longer live in a cold climate and things may have changed.
      1. DFM's Avatar
        DFM -
        I've driven a c230 kompressor with the 6sp that had the dws tires in the snow. kleeman supercharger pully , tune, full exhaust, cold air intake were the mods done. it did very well in the snow. we were driving around without any issues so they are a pretty good snow tire for a sporty car IMO.
      1. mkodama's Avatar
        mkodama -
        Good comparison vid for how big a difference tires makes. Pretty funny and entertaining too!
      1. bogdan_mb's Avatar
        bogdan_mb -
        Personally, I don't get the logic of this comparison, or what's the point, to prove that winter tyres are better than summer tyres in the snow? I think that's something that does not need any kind of explanation..
      1. xbox_fan's Avatar
        xbox_fan -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bogdan_mb Click here to enlarge
        Personally, I don't get the logic of this comparison, or what's the point, to prove that winter tyres are better than summer tyres in the snow? I think that's something that does not need any kind of explanation..
        Trust me ppl are ignorant and stupid any kind of education is good, even in Sweden I can hear ppl saying stuff like "I have 4wd, I dont need winter tires". Traction in a straight line is usually ok with 4wd and summer tires, but while cornering or breaking one need proper tires.

        Who would ever measure car performance in a straight line anyways Click here to enlarge

        Interesting and more detailed comparison here: http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-video/winter-tyres-vs-4x4
      1. M3GTtt's Avatar
        M3GTtt -
        The 1 series also has not LSD.. Which makes ALL the diffrence for a RWD car in snow.

        I use my M3 in the snow, its actually quite good, apart from the suspention which is set up for track usage (negative camber and way too stiff)
      1. 654's Avatar
        654 -
        The soft rubber that is needed for the winter tires wears quicker than the studs assuming a decent driving style. The soft and sticky rubber characteristics get destroyed in heat, i.e. driving at higher speeds at summer temps. That's why all seasons are not at their best after the first winter. Winter tires should be kept in a cold and dark storage over the summer for the rubber to remain sticky.

        Summer tires are useless in the winter, but the RWD Michelin Alpin performance was not too good either. It was still very slow in my books.
      1. ajm8127's Avatar
        ajm8127 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by xbox_fan Click here to enlarge
        while cornering or breaking one need proper tires.
        This. It doesn't matter how the power from the engine is transferred to the ground. If you can't stop or turn you will be unhappy. AWD or 4WD doesn't help with either of those situations.