Some of have no problem making it to Spring with the so so factory soft rubber as they don't wear much on the rack in the garage Was -8 Deg F when I ran the out and about this morning That said I'll put in my .02 cents Light Wheels,Better Tires and anything else you can afford that makes You happyWith factory tires that have a 140 treadwear rating and what I have seen with the brake pads so far (even with street use), I think all owners would be well served to consider budgeting a portion of that first $1700.00 on tires and brakes.
140 treadwear tires are like running shoes. They have a very limited useful life. Many of us won't make it to spring without needing to replace them..
Agreed Tires are a wear item and snow and ICE tires are just too much fun not to have when you can pull away from the goof in the jacked up 4x4 at the lights and he is spinning his bald 38inch swampers But Sticky dedicated summer tires on lighter wheels may be a mod at least for me as I will run the factory tires as a daily driver and track wheels for the track and such.. The OP mentions no interest in tracking the car so I guess it is a moot point..I didn't mention buying street tires because that doesn't seem like a mod. Anyone who buys this car and runs the summer rubber in winter is irresponsible. Those tires aren't safe for winter and you're risking your own safety and the safety of those around you.