2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911: New 19-Inch Shoes and Winter Tires

March 22, 2013

2013 Porsche 911

When we were shopping for our brand new, long-term 2013 Porsche 911 Cabriolet, we were railroaded into getting the 20-inch wheels. No, we weren't bullied by salesmen or anything like that. We just didn't want to special-order a car and everything we found here in SoCal was equipped with the optional 20s.

Once we had the tire pressures set correctly the ride was vastly improved, but we still would have preferred the 19s.

Then Porsche read our comments, stepped up and offered us a set of 19-inch wheels to try on our 911. We agreed, but only if they'd throw in a set of winter tires.

Initially, we wanted all-season tires. Turns out that all-season tires don't exist for the 235/40 (f) / 285/35 (r) Porsche 19s. Winter tires, like the Pirelli Sottozero Serie II, do.

2013 Porsche 911

2013 Porsche 911

2013 Porsche 911

2013 Porsche 911

And they're available through the Porsche Tequipment catalogue. For a price. The tires and wheels run $4,481.31 and the painted center caps are $214.53. If that sounds expensive, remember that the alternative is having a dedicated winter car that would require insurance and winter tires of its own.

Yes, these are the same tires with which we armed our SLS AMG for its trip to Mount Rushmore.

But we're not going to Rushmore in our 911. Not intentionally at least. We're going much, much further.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor


  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    Arctic Circle? Greenland?

  • alex4515 alex4515 Posts:


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Conti DWS come in 285/35-19. They don't come in 235/40-19, but I imagine the 225/40 or the 245/40 would do fine. I don't know where you are taking the car, but I would suspect that for most road trips originating in southern California in late March, all-season tires would be a much better idea than winter tires. And in the real world, I don't imagine there are too many owners of this car who are spending $5k on winter wheels and tires to avoid the cost of a winter car, tires for it and insurance for it. I would be dumbfounded if even 5% of the owner base of this car has it as an only car - come on.

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