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Old 01-28-2014, 08:37 AM   #1
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Default How will my S5 handle snow/ice with summer tires?

To all S5 owners:

I am from Buffalo and have a lot of experience driving in the snow. However, I live in Atlanta and will be driving home in snow/ice later today. This will be my first snow experience in the S5 cab. The quattro should be nice but the summer tires will not be so nice! For those who have driven with the summer tires in snow, please give your opinions!

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I drove some time last winter on my summer tires, but never below 35 nor in snow. This year I put on Hakkas and it is like there is no snow. If you were in Germany and you drove with summer tires in the snow, you would be arrested and your Audi towed, along with a huge fine. Think of walking on a tile floor covered in olive oil, this is very similar. You are taking your life in your hands, as well as all others on the road. The summer tires are not only undriveable in the snow, they cannot be driven in the rain at temperatures below 35. Even in the dry at those temperatures, handling will be non-existent; don't accelerate on the on-ramps.

OTOH, if you still decide to go, I would recommend waiting until tomorrow so you don't have to drive in the snow, only single digit cold.
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Remember that quattro does not help you stop. And in general quattro doesn't help you turn, especially if you're braking at the same time. So for the safety of your fellow man (or woman) who has to share the road with you - please do not venture out if there is ice or snow on the roads.
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Audi+snow+summer tires= ICE SKATE. I have driven with summer tires in about 2 inches of snow. Take it very easy and remember you won't be able to stop. Maybe take the back way home and ease it in. I ran my summer tires the first winter I had my S5. But I only drove it in the snow once. Cold temps really didn't bother me. The tires were just loud.

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In cold weather only, you probably would be OK driving carefully. However, snow and ice represent a serious problem for summer tires. And on a winter road trip to upstate NY the weather can be totally unpredictable. I would hate to be on the NYS thruway driving on summer tires at 65+ when a snow squall hits. Change to UHP all season tires or dedicated winter tires.
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Keep in mind that the summer tire tread gets hard and unyielding much below 40 degrees and even in the dry, traction would be greatly reduced. On ice or snow, they will become downright dangerous - it will be like driving on hockey pucks.
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Never had a issue with cold temps (0-20 degrees dry roads) with my summer tread. Just really loud when the temp was that low. But like I said snow was a issue. Even when I replaced the tires with UHPAS I did not like the way the car handled in the snow. I drove my jeep in the snow. Now that I have my SQ5 I went with a true winter tire. But you living in Atlanta I think that would be overkill. Just take it easy and you should be ok.
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Based on my personal experience (not technical, not scientific); it is not a good idea at all unless you will be continuously moving without stopping, accelerating and turning.
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Suggest you take out a membership with AMA, so they can give you free towing. Good luck!
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Ok, ABSOLUTE KUDOS TO QUATTRO!!!!!!!!!! My ride home in total crap, ice and snow was a breeze. Now traffic was terrible and there were plenty of accidents, but the car had no issues. While other cars were spinning out and going sideways, the S5 had plenty of grip and minimal to no slip unless I wanted it to. I only had to engage the ABS once trying to stop quickly at a traffic signal.
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I live in Atlanta. Yes, the city that shut down with three inches of snow. I drove my S5 home in it and it performed amazing. I was driving by cars that could not pull hills and even at one point was flagged down by a man walking down the road saying turn around road ahead is not passible. Well, I took it anyway at got right through it. Braking on summer tires was not good however.
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I live in Atlanta. Yes, the city that shut down with three inches of snow. I drove my S5 home in it and it performed amazing. I was driving by cars that could not pull hills and even at one point was flagged down by a man walking down the road saying turn around road ahead is not passible. Well, I took it anyway at got right through it. Braking on summer tires was not good however.
fandawg, glad you made it home without any issues. It only took me 1.5 hours to get from Towne Lake to historic Roswell!
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Ok, ABSOLUTE KUDOS TO QUATTRO!!!!!!!!!! My ride home in total crap, ice and snow was a breeze. ... While other cars were spinning out and going sideways, the S5 had plenty of grip and minimal to no slip unless I wanted it to.
Maybe when they built your tires, they ignored the existence of laws of physics. Glad you made it safely and had a chance to play and made your car slip as you desired.

If no friction in between the road surface and the tires, even if the vehicle had double Quattro octangular system (I made that one up), it won't move, it won't stop.
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Maybe when they built your tires, they ignored the existence of laws of physics. Glad you made it safely and had a chance to play and made your car slip as you desired.

If no friction in between the road surface and the tires, even if the vehicle had double Quattro octangular system (I made that one up), it won't move, it won't stop.
Agree with the sentiments. Years ago my brand new 2003 A4 with summer-only Continental tires was able to make it through a Northern Virginia winter. I was not impressed with the traction. When snow was deep I drove my X5 with true snow tires.

Driving in snow and ice on summer-only tires is a gamble. Lets not entice other drivers to risk wrecking their cars, by claiming Quattro is king.
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Driving in snow and ice on summer-only tires is a gamble. Lets not entice other drivers to risk wrecking their cars, by claiming Quattro is king.
Yes. I got caught in a mini-blizzard a few years ago in early December before I had fitted the snow tires/wheels. The car is fitted with Pirelli P7s and that was a frightening 10 mile drive. The car just slides when you attempt to brake.
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I have an Audi s5 coupe and live in spokane wa. I'd advice so get a set of snow tires ( I got blizak tires) if you want have better traction. While the Quattro is a great feature in my experience summer tires will provide minimum grip on snow or ice
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Maybe when they built your tires, they ignored the existence of laws of physics. Glad you made it safely and had a chance to play and made your car slip as you desired.

If no friction in between the road surface and the tires, even if the vehicle had double Quattro octangular system (I made that one up), it won't move, it won't stop.
rarslan, I hear you. Keep in mind I was driving very slow, under 25mph, I drove in manual maode the whole way home, never made it out of 2nd gear. As a frame of reference, there was a chrysler 300 in front of me. Most of the time, they were 5-25 degrees angled going up any slight grade. They made it up most of the hills ( then ended up in a ditch on a dowhill turn). My S5 held a straight line going up the same hills, so real world physics trumped theory. With that being said, quattro will not save you if you drive like a fool!
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I've not enjoyed my S5 with summer tires this winter as much as last winter. All the snow, ice, frigid weather and countless potholes has meant using the wife's Q or my PU.

But spring and summer IS A coming and I'll make up for it.
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