In the warm weather there’s no doubt that the Scion FR-S is a great daily driver, but now in the colder winter, is that fact still true? Will the car be as fun in the snow? Or will it be too much fun; a dangerous handful with little-to-no control in slippery conditions? With the snow finally here, I got the chance to find out.
About mid-November I got myself a set of winter-wheels. Nothing fancy, just Subaru-spec silver steel rims. The rubber itself was generously provided by Vredestein, a little known Dutch tire-maker that my editor introduced me to. Vredestein is known for their Wintrak Xtreme tires, which score ties for third in Consumer Reports Performance Winter tires ratings.
These tires are pretty high-tech, featuring a sporty directional tread pattern, something called Optimum Silica Processing and a feature that distributes pressure equally across the footprint of the vehicle. The tires also are made in collaboration with the famous Giugiaro design house (known for designing cars like the BMW M1 and Lotus Esprit), meaning that not only do they have functional zigzag siping patterns on the tires to help with grip in wet conditions as well as snow and ice, but as far as winter tires go, they look pretty cool too.
Since the tires arrived at the office over a month ago, I’ve been impatiently waiting for a few inches of snow so I could have some fun, and put these tires to the test.
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