Performance tires?

Performance tires?

I don't understand the difference between the tire options and was hoping for a little information from all the car folks here. Quite a few people on this forum have said that they view "performance tires" as a negative, mostly it seems because of additional costs down the road due to maintenance and replacement (?). Do they effect the quality of the ride? Maybe make it stiffer and more sportscar-like? Also, the size differential between the performance tires and the regular "all season tires" - is that just the hubcap size (maybe that's called the wheel these days) or the actual circumference of the rubber tire? So does your choice of tire effect turning radius? I'm really hoping that we can test drive different vehicles with the various tires because I like the look of the high performance tires, but I don't want a stiff, bumpy, sports car ride. I have reservations for both a production model and a Signature model and am trying to figure out if these tires are something I want. If it matters, I live in Northern California and this car will never be in true winter driving conditions. Thanks! I appreciate any info all you people with far more automobile knowledge can impart!

Soflauthor | January 12, 2012

+1 for a saddle color leather.

Altho I know that TM wants to keep production options simple for the first Sigs produced, it's hard to understand why they couldn't include a little more choice for the interior leather color options. The inventory costs of a few more colors would insignificant, the supply chain is simple, and the cost of installation is identical.

I'm getting a white Sig. Because I live in SoFla, a black interior is ill-advised because of the strong sun. Tan is blah, but saddle would be very nice. Come on TM, give the Sig buyers a few more interior color options and then pass them on, as options, to other buyers as well.

@Robert.Boston: I'm considering aftermarket leather for the interior if no other options emerge, but it grates that we'd have to do that, given the price point for the Sig.I'm hoping that TM will reconsider and provide an interior that won't require an aftermarket fix.

Robert.Boston | January 12, 2012

The "cheap Yankee" in me cringes at the idea of ripping off brand new leather, but that's certainly an option. I didn't realize it was so inexpensive (relatively); but, as Sofl points out, there's really no good reason why Tesla couldn't easily offer more choices!

engle | January 12, 2012

I had the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A @ 140 run flats on my MBZ CLK 550 cabriolet installed from the factory and they only lasted about 10,000 miles. I replaced them with Goodyear Eagles that had twice the wear rating, and was happy with those. I hope the S with performance wheels comes with Continental ExtremeContact DW @ 340, since they have the highest wear rating.

I think Tesla should mount one of each wheel/tire combination on the wall of their stores so customers can see them and decide. I'd like to see those 19" aero wheels, too, although if I do end-up getting a performance model, I'm not going to fall for that "no cost option" nonsense! :-)

Mycroft | January 12, 2012

"I hope the S with performance wheels comes with Continental ExtremeContact DW"

Me too. I just put Conti DWS on my SLK and I LOVE 'em! So if they're not on their OEM, I'll be replacing them with Conti tires as soon as they wear out.

I'm probably going to buy the Winter tire package with the aero wheels. Depending on price and how they look.

Charged_Up | January 13, 2012

+1 on the saddle leather as well - I was an early requester for this option - i'm in florida also - and black might work with remote ac, but don't any of the california guys ever get dirt inside their cream and white leather cars? a darker brown just won't show wear or dirt as fast and as someone who keeps cars for a while, a darker tan/brown option would be much welcomed.

PS - love that color in shoes also!

clea | January 13, 2012

+1 on saddle leather for me as well ... hope they are listening ...

Mycroft | January 13, 2012

Maybe for a future Eddie Bauer edition? :-)

ThomasN | January 13, 2012

Saddle would be a great look. Especially with the depth of the signature red. I'm still hopeful for something besides carbon fiber accents for the performance series.

Brian H | January 14, 2012

"We are the Carb. You will be assimilated!
Resistance is futile, as we are also SuperConductive."


Volker.Berlin | January 19, 2012

Wheels - What is the difference between the 21" and the 21" Performance wheels? The latter looks darker in the picture, but there's no documentation of the difference.

Physically, they are the same wheel, the difference is aesthetic. Performance wheel will have a darker hue.

From an email by Walter Franck (Tesla Motors?) to brianman, via:

brianman | January 19, 2012

"Walter Franck (Tesla Motors?)"
Yah, "Ownership Experience Advocate".

Mark K | February 6, 2012

I got about 25K miles on my Mercedes SL500 shod with Michelin Pilot Sport II's. I replaced them with the newer PS III's for about 2K installed.

I corner pretty briskly and these Michelin's perform quite well. The PS III's are great, and their new polymer formulation is designed to handle all seasons very well. I've had very good experience with them in heavy rain.

If you are spirited driver, low profile tires make a huge difference in the satisfaction of driving. With the Model S offering an unmatched center of gravity, to get ordinary tires would be to dumb-down a unique thrill made possible by Tesla's new architecture.

If instead you are a conservative driver, the cost, life, and reduced compliance over rough pavement would make it insane to buy the performance tires. The 19" all season wheels/tires would feel smoother and cost less.

Figure out your driving preference, and the choice of tire is pretty automatic.

Volker.Berlin | October 21, 2012

Update from an owner: I have had my baby for three weeks now [...] 21" wheels. If you are on the fence get them. I read allot regarding concern about pot holes, ride, range etc. but the 21" wheels are fantastic. They look incredible and they hold the road like a slot-car. The air suspension makes the ride incredibly smooth. I just swapped out my 21" tires for the non-studded 19" winter tires and I miss my 21's already. I notice a considerable difference in handling between the two. I am not sure how the standard 19" tires compare to the winter tires, but if they are at all similar I would highly recommend the 21" wheels and tires.

nicksonto | October 4, 2015

Im selling my 21 inch grey tires if anyone is interested.... great condition with sensors rim and tire combo nicksonto @