Tesla Model 3 deliveries are still concentrated in California, but they are slowly starting to trickle outside the golden state and into regions with more serious winter weather.
In order to accommodate those deliveries, Tesla has now released its Model 3 winter wheel and tire packages.
With Model S and Model X being configurable with 19″-21″ and 20″-22″ wheels, it is quite expensive to equipped those vehicles with good tires.
The Model 3 comes standard with 18″ wheels and buyers can upgrade to 19″ wheels (though 20″ wheels might become an option soon).
It results in significantly less expensive winter tire packages than Tesla’s $2,500 and $6,000 winter tire and wheel sets for Model S.
The 18″ set is now available on Tesla’s website for $1,700 and the automaker is now calling the wheel model ‘Pinwheel’:
The company describes the package:
“Model 3 18” Pinwheel and Pirelli winter tire package provides maximum safety and grip when driving in wet or dry conditions, and on icy or snow-covered roads. The winter package guarantees a high level of traction, stability, and braking efficiency under 45 ℉, which translates to excellent comfort while driving, so you can enjoy wherever you drive with confidence.”
It comes with the aero wheels, 235/45/18 – PIRELLI WINTER SOTTOZERO™ SERIE II, and all the pressure sensors and wheel caps.
Tire Rack quotes the tire starting at US$117.86, but it interestingly says that it’s not available in 235/45/18. It is a top-rated tire on the site with an average score of 4.5 stars.
They could be custom size tires for the Model 3 and the site might not be up to date yet.
The 19″ set is also now available on Tesla’s website for $2,500 and the automaker is now calling the wheel model ‘Stiletto’:
The 19″ set comes with 235/40/19 – PIRELLI WINTER SOTTOZERO™ 3 tires.
Tire Rack quotes the tire starting at US$109.66, but like the Series 2, it says that it’s not available in 235/40/19. It is also a top-rated tire on the site with an average score of 4.5 stars.
The price of both packages come with delivery and installation at your local Tesla service center.
No big surprise here. Well rated tires at a much more reasonable price thanks to the smaller wheels.
For my Model S, I have 21″ wheels on summer tires, but I ended up buying 20″ wheels for my winter set because the tires are just much more reasonable.
The look is also somewhat similar to Tesla’s regular 21″ Grey Turbine wheels:
The new packages aren’t likely to be great sellers for Tesla right now since Model 3 deliveries are still concentrated mainly in California, but I bet it will be different come winter 2018.