With the right set of winter tires, you can drive a performance car through a cold, wet winter. In fact, we recommend it because it's a ton of fun. These are 10 of our favorite performance cars you can drive through ice, snow, and sub-zero temperatures.
The Subaru WRX STI comes with an excellent all-wheel drive system that puts its 305 turbocharged horsepower down in any condition. There's a reason rally drivers and ice racers love these things—they're made for winter.
A Ferrari in the winter? It can be done. The GTC4Lusso has a super neat all-wheel drive system that's unlike anything else out there, and a factory-spec set of Pirelli Sottozero winter tires available. Put the car into Snow/Ice mode, and it's so friendly, you'll never believe it has 680 hp. Truly, this is a year-round Ferrari.
The Porsche 911 has always been a great winter car thanks to the traction advantage that comes with having an engine behind the rear axle. Add all-wheel drive into the mix and there won't be much to stop you. You can even drive a 911 Turbo S on ice, and trust me, it's a hoot.
There are not many bonafide supercars that can handle winter weather, but the Audi R8 is one of them. In keeping with brand tradition, it's got all-wheel drive and it's not low or delicate like most supercars.
Now you must think I'm crazy, but hang on. McLaren actually offers a set of winter tires for the 570S and 570GT, meaning you don't have to put away this exotic after Thanksgiving even though it's only rear-wheel drive. Just make sure your 570S has the factory nose-lift kit, otherwise, you may find yourself stuck.
The Tesla Model S (and Model X, and Model 3, when optioned) has all-wheel drive courtesy of an electric motor for each axle. This allows for very precise traction control, which is set up well by Tesla engineers. Plus, the air suspension can help you get out of trouble, too.
The E63 is one of those do-everything cars. It's luxurious, techy, fast (thanks to a 603-hp twin-turbo V8), and in wagon guise, practical. AMG gave the new E63 a fully variable all-wheel drive system that works wonders, so it should handle winter with no trouble.
The front-wheel drive Volkswagen GTI makes a fine winter car, but you might have a bit more fun (and grip) in the all-wheel drive Golf R. It's not as playful as the WRX STI or the dearly departed Focus RS, but the Golf R is still quick.
The Audi RS3 rides on the same platform as the Golf R, and uses a similar all-wheel drive system, but it ditches the four-cylinder for a 400-hp turbo five. The power is great, but it's the sound that makes this special—it lets you live out your 1980s rally driver fantasies. For more style, get a TT RS, which uses the same drivetrain.
At any rally in the US, you're bound to see a lot of WRX STIs, obviously, but you might be surprised to find a ton of Ford Fiestas. Why? They make excellent rally cars. We recommend the Fiesta ST for the most fun.