I got my M3 a few weeks ago (awesome so far...obviously...) and wanted to get a jump on winter tires, since I'm assuming Tesla will sell out of parts about the time everyone is buying winter tires. For now I have the Model 3 long range dual motor (NOT performance) with the 19" wheels and stock tires. I'm not a fan of "all season" (reality no season) tires, so at some point I'll have winter and summer tires, but for now I'll have winter and "all season" tires.
I am torn between 2 different options so I am looking for opinions:
Option 1) Buy 19" winter tires to go on the existing wheels. Next summer I'd then buy a new set of 19" rims (something a little more different than the stock rims, TBD what) so I'd have a full tire / rim set for summer / winter. Since the 19" rims are white I feel that works well with all of the snow and salt that'll be on there, so I'd likely go black for summer.
Option 2) Buy the 18" Aero wheels from Tesla to be used as the winter wheels.
There are two questions built in to there. First, is there a big difference in 18" vs 19" for winter driving - and if so what is the difference? Second, I am worried the aero wheels will be hard to clean snow out of (my garage is not heated, so snow will not melt, ever), so I'd end up taking the caps off likely.
The other question, regardless of rim size I am looking at buying the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 tires. IMO Nokian makes hands down the best winter tires, but one model 3 specific question I Have is they are only rated to 112mph. I won't be going anywhere near that speed, so is there any reason to care / does that impact anything going normal speeds?