I’ve been looking at a second set of wheels and winter tires to fit our needs for the new Leaf. I’ve posted before that we take tire selection seriously. We run dedicated winter tires on all of our year-round drivers.
Have settled on MB Wynter 17x7 wheels and Conti Wintercontact SI tires in 205/50R17. But we’ll move the stock all-seasons to the new wheels since they’re wider and presumably less aerodynamic. Winters will go on the stock wheels. The new wheels weigh 20# and have a 40mm offset. A sculpted split 5-spoke design.
The Contis are a new tire that tests well, comparable to the x-Ice3s at 40% savings. Same weight. Similar tread pattern.
We’ll have opportunity to compare wheel design and weight with the remount. The stock setup has been running consistently at 4.2 mi/kWh with my driving cycle and habits. I drive in B around town. Very little highway, just suburbs, errands etc. I’ve been driving the leaf like any other car to see how it does, which is to say not like a baby carriage, but not too aggressively either.
So first we can try the same driving style on stock tires with new wheels under similar conditions. This winter we’ll see the new tires on the stock wheels in colder conditions.
Should be interesting.
Edit: I suppose I should mention that the package ran ~$1k after taxes and rebates, including TPMS sensors and labor. Discount Tire. Not unhappy with that price. Also fixed some typos and added bits for clarity.