2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray: Winter Tires
January 9, 2014
We like road trips. We're drivers. Give us a reason to go somewhere, and we'll find a reason to take a car instead of an airplane.
Today's reason: We want to know how well our 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray handles the snow and bitter, bitter cold gripping the Midwest.
That's right, the 2014 Detroit Auto Show is just days away, and we called up the guys from ASAP Tire to install a set of Pirelli snow tires for the drive to Detroit and back.
Our Corvette is wearing big shoes with different sized rims (19s up front, 20s in back) which normally would make tire-selection difficult. This time, however, we had the right tires (more or less) kicking around our shop.
As equipped, our 'Vette has 245/35R19 tires up front and 285/30R20s out back. We just happened to have a couple of sets of Pirelli SottoZero Serie II winter tires (from our 911 and SLS AMG respectively) measuring 235/40R19 and 295/30R20. We don't necessarily like going up by 10mm in the rear for winter driving, but for this road trip they'll work just fine.
The bigger concern was that these tires aren't run-flats while the OEM tires are. This problem was solved with a sealant and inflator kit and the knowledge we've got cell phones and OnStar.
As for the installation, we chose to once again use ASAP Mobile Tire for the job. They came to us — no need to have a second car to haul wheels and tires to the tire shop — and only charged $140 for just about an hour's work of mounting and balancing the new rubber. When we took the SLS to have the winter tires mounted we were charged $130. $10 seems well worth it for that type of service.
Initial feedback on the snows in SoCal weather: Loud. Surprisingly grippy. Better ride than stock. Speedometer still accurate.
Scott leaves Thursday. I drive it back. Wish us luck.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 7,650 miles