2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Winter driving in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Has anybody had any experience driving a V on winter roads? Is it possible or should I budget for a ...
Even trying to get moving from a stop is a huge challenge with a bit of snow on the ground... the traction control will kick-in almost immediately... you can switch that off and spin your wheels. Definite need for SERIOUS winter tires.
As a side note, the V is awesome in the rain. The tires whisk away water and stick well, and the traction and stability control works great if you get greedy with the throttle. The "compliant" nature of the bushings and suspension also help IMHO.
It's been about 110 degrees here in Phoenix the last several days. I can't even image snow at this point. Then again, it hasn't rained here for 65 days, and we don't expect rain for another month or so. Ah, life in the desert.
Winter time? Thats the best time of the year to have some fun. I like to find a empty parking lot and do some "stuff". You don't need to even go over say 20mph to get some slide. It's a great way to learn car control skills.....ok ok ok so it's alotta fun also . Just make sure you don't go very fast cause I learned the hard way in my Explorer that you slide forever on ice . But thats the fun I guess.
There is no tire made that I know of that is V or W rated that would do well in the snow. I am running Goodyear Eagle HRs (H rated M&S) on my T-Bird SC and they are actually quite good for snow traction but I certainly wouldn't push them at high speed.
I don't plan to drive my V in the winter here in Colorado any more than necessary even if I find something more aggressive for snow than the F1s. A second car is a must for snow travel - leave the V in the garage.
Bridgestone Blizzaks would do the trick, and come in performance sizes... but as mentioned speed rating will be an issue. So you mount them on separate wheels and only use them in the snow, and I doubt you will need to go much over 100+ on slush and salt covered roads. In Europe there is less stigma about mounting snow tires (and chains) on expensive cars (i.e. Porsche, BMW, etc). But just the same, if I personally planned on driving in the snow, a 4WD truck it would be.... hell, your investment in wheels and tires will go quite a way towards buying a beater anyhow. Dan
I plan on buying a set of wheels and snow tires. I do the same with our BMW M Roadster, which is worthless with Pilot Sports in the snow, but with a skinnier (same diameter) Winter tire it is driveable all winter in Chicago. I expect the same will be true with my new V, if I can find the right tire size. Tire Rack already lists a couple of winter tires that might be close enough in overall diameter, a Bridgestone Blizzak in 235/45-18 and a Pirelli Winter 240 Snow Sport in 235/50-18, both V speed rating. So I can only go 149 mph in the Winter, so what? And, they probably will have more to pick from by Fall.
Blizzaks are not a snow tire as much as they are an ice tire. Their rubber compound does a fine job gripping slick surfaces. However, for snow more than a few inches deep you need a snow, winter, or all season tire with aggressive tread on the edges for reasonable traction.