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I know this has been covered previously but as deliveries in US are starting what are your plans for winter tires here in the US. Just checked Tire Rack and the Polestar 2 is not listed. I live in NC with mild winters so will probably opt for All season tires and swap out the summer tires on stock rims. Thoughts and suggestions?
 

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In NC, you could get by just fine with all seasons, but would you then discard the summers? The summer tires will be much better in the summer. So I'd still consider two wheel sets and swap them at Thanksgiving and tax day.
 

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In NC, you could get by just fine with all seasons, but would you then discard the summers? The summer tires will be much better in the summer. So I'd still consider two wheel sets and swap them at Thanksgiving and tax day.
I will keep the summer tires. Not sure where I will store them yet. Colony Tire actually has Polestar 2 on their site. They have the Continental Extreme Contact DWS06 as an option.
 

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FWIW, in Colorado I run all-season tires in the non-winter seasons, because we get so much variation in weather. Case in point: 75F and sunny this afternoon, but 27F and hammering snow yesterday afternoon on my drive home from a mountain bike ride. Of course, I run dedicated winter tires in the winter. Are the US cars coming with true summer tires, or more of an all-season tire? Do we know the actual tire? Do you suppose the actual tire depends on the region within the US? Or do they all come over on the boat with the same tire?
 

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FWIW, in Colorado I run all-season tires in the non-winter seasons, because we get so much variation in weather. Case in point: 75F and sunny this afternoon, but 27F and hammering snow yesterday afternoon on my drive home from a mountain bike ride. Of course, I run dedicated winter tires in the winter. Are the US cars coming with true summer tires, or more of an all-season tire? Do we know the actual tire? Do you suppose the actual tire depends on the region within the US? Or do they all come over on the boat with the same tire?
I'm not sure, of course, but based on what I've gleaned from the forums and such, I'll be expecting true summer tires on the wheels as I've ordered the performance pack. I'm already planning to swap those out with winter rubber soon after getting the car and hope to eventually own two wheel sets that I can easily swap myself.
 

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I'm not sure, of course, but based on what I've gleaned from the forums and such, I'll be expecting true summer tires on the wheels as I've ordered the performance pack. I'm already planning to swap those out with winter rubber soon after getting the car and hope to eventually own two wheel sets that I can easily swap myself.
Yes, same for me - I've always had two sets of wheels on my cars. The difference for me is that my "summer" option is an all-season tire. And then I have true winter tires.

I got the 19" wheels, so we will probably get different tires - perhaps not a true performance summer tire?
 

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Yes, same for me - I've always had two sets of wheels on my cars. The difference for me is that my "summer" option is an all-season tire. And then I have true winter tires.

I got the 19" wheels, so we will probably get different tires - perhaps not a true performance summer tire?
I'm with you! I'm glad to have ordered the performance pack, but I'm concerned that it'll be much harder to find wheels that will clear those big (and admittedly silly) Brembo brakes. In the past, I've just ordered a winter wheel set from Tire Rack. Did that for four different cars so far and it's worked out just fine. But I don't know that the Tire Rack will have something that'll work for this car.
 

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I can confirm that in the US the 20" non-PP wheels come with A/S tires. Given that I would assume the 19" wheels will also come with A/S rubber.
 

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I can confirm that in the US the 20" non-PP wheels come with A/S tires. Given that I would assume the 19" wheels will also come with A/S rubber.
Correct. Both 19” and optional 20” non-PP tires are Michelin A/S. Performance pack comes with Continental PremiumContact 6 summer rubber.
 

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Resurrecting this. Is there some marking on the tires to indicate its AllSeason-ness or not?

the most I can see, where I would expect the M+S marking, is a “POL” which I don’t know how to interpret.
 

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thanks- these seem to have neither M+S or mountain/snowflake symbol. But they do have a POL marking.
And other folks seemed confident they should be “all season”

so trying to figure out what that means. I thought “all season” meant it should have the M+S symbol?
So are these summer tires after all? Is POL an alternative to M+S?
 

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If you have the PP then you have summer tires. The tread pattern should give it away too. Sometimes all season tires have an AS marking on them.
 

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The snowflake symbol would not be on an All-season tire. The snowflake symbol is only on dedicated snow tires.
 

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Long story short- I think for few days Tahoe trip I should plan on packing some tire chains, yeah?
Winter tires for that occasional use case seems like overkill.
 

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Long story short- I think for few days Tahoe trip I should plan on packing some tire chains, yeah?
Winter tires for that occasional use case seems like overkill.
Sure, chains work fine, they're just a pain. Just be very careful to make sure they fit properly, and that you know how to install them. Do all of this in your heated garage while drinking a beer before you go to Tahoe. When it comes time to actually put them on for real, you'll be standing on a wet slushy road getting filthy as you reach around the tires.

Also, be aware that if a chain comes loose, it can give your car a serious thrashing.

So chains are a pain. But driving on expensive snow tires on dry pavement all winter is also a drag.

Edit: I'm a snow-tire evangelist. Having said that, when I lived in San Francisco and drove to Tahoe to ski, I didn't have snow tires. I used chains.
 
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