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Old 11-16-2018, 05:11 PM   #1
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OEM tires on 2018 R in areas where it snows?

Hi all,

I'm shopping for a new R to replace my 2012 GTI. I was wondering... All the specs I've found say that the OEM tires are Continental ContiSportContacts, which are summer tires. Does anyone know if that's true in snow country as well, or do they outfit these cars with different tires depending on the region?

I'd be a little bummed to buy a brand new car and immediately have to drop money on new tires, but I guess that might be the price of admission.

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Old 11-16-2018, 05:15 PM   #2
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You may get a different brand, but yeah it'll definitely be summer tires.

Yep i bought my car end of September, had the 19s on for a month before swapping to winters.
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Old 11-16-2018, 05:24 PM   #3
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Rs (in US) comes with summer tires from the factory.

If you swap the OEM tires right after taking delivery, you might be able to sell those for a good price. Many people here have done the same.
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Old 11-16-2018, 06:23 PM   #4
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Here in Canada they come with summers. You're definitely taking your life into your own hands trying to drive on those in anything close to snow.
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Old 11-16-2018, 06:29 PM   #5
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You'll need a set op proper winters on smaller wheels.
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Old 11-16-2018, 06:32 PM   #6
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Do not run the summer tires in the winter in New England. I bought my R in early January, 2016. My snows and winter rims were still on the way from Tire Rack, and so the first week I had the car I had no choice but to suffer through some light snowfall and really cold temps with the stock tires. That was hairy; even with AWD, the mismatch of tire and season made me very aware of the laws of physics, every time I had to drive. Once the Michelin x-Ice snows went on, though, no problems at all.
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Old 11-16-2018, 06:39 PM   #7
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I'd be a little bummed to buy a brand new car and immediately have to drop money on new tires, but I guess that might be the price of admission.

As my old friend Billy the Porsche salesman (RIP) was fond of saying, "you have to be a sport to own a sports car."



The 2nd thing I bought for my GTI last year was a set of winter wheels and tires, because I wouldn't even bother with all-seasons in the snow. Spend a few bucks, get a spare set of wheels with winter tires, and when the snow is coming down hard, drive past the SUVs on A/S tires that slid off the road and are stuck in a ditch.
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Old 11-16-2018, 07:02 PM   #8
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Yep, you guys nailed it. The tires on the car are P Zeros, definitely not snow friendly...
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Old 11-18-2018, 04:01 AM   #9
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My two cents: I only have my stock rims but switch to winter tires (not all-seasons) once temps are in the 40s and below, or before the first snow, whichever comes first. I switch back to summer tires once temps are regularly in the 50's (and up).
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Old 11-18-2018, 04:23 AM   #10
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My schedule has always been, winters on by Thanksgiving, and summers on by Easter.
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Old 11-18-2018, 05:55 AM   #11
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I have 4 set of wheels/tires here in SoCal between motorsports and daily. You’re complaining about having 2 sets in weather ranging from -10 to 100 degrees for daily driving? AWD isn’t bulletproof, multiple rubbers are your best friend! You dont wear sandles in the snow do you? At least you have snow, wish I had a reason the get a 5th set.
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Old 11-18-2018, 06:10 AM   #12
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Drove those tires on my R in a Colorado winter. Scariest car I’ve ever driven in snow and I came from an M3. I got stuck on a “hill” one time as well and the car just started sliding sideways. Ugh.

Now I have continental Extreme Contact DWS 06. I love them.


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Old 11-18-2018, 12:27 PM   #13
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I am in a snow belt state and my 17 came with summer tires. Do not drive summer tires in the snow. I swap to DWS06 for winter driving as we have good snow removal here.
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Old 11-18-2018, 01:07 PM   #14
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a set of tires/rims is way cheaper than any fender bender....I would get a 2nd set and swap out as already mentioned.
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Old 11-18-2018, 01:29 PM   #15
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My schedule has always been, winters on by Thanksgiving, and summers on by Easter.

What he said.
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Old 11-18-2018, 03:16 PM   #16
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They are summer tires. I got a brand new set of 2018 GTI Dallas wheels on here for 600.00 bucks and put on Michelin Xice3's and I am set. So for under 1500,00 bucks you are set for winter.

Just get a winter set.
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Old 11-21-2018, 04:53 PM   #17
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I have a set of 18" wheels off an Audi A3 18" will they fit the Golf R for the winter tires?
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