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Tire 101.

When is the best time to change your tires? How does the weather affect the material on your tires? What are star-approved tires? What are run-flat tires? Understanding how your tires behave in various conditions is crucial to your BMW’s performance. Find answers to your questions here.

Star approved tires: no ordinary tires

Star Approved Tires

To maintain the highest level of quality, BMW-approved tires are given a star-approval rating (★). The star symbol indicates that the tires have been optimally tuned for each BMW model. In cooperation with the tire manufacturer, each tire is designed and tested to meet BMW’s uncompromising standards for quality, ride comfort, handling and safety. By comparison, a replacement tire that is not BMW-star approved is designed for a wide range of models and various vehicle manufacturers.

Run-flat tires: unstoppable

Run Flat Tires

Even after a complete loss of tire pressure, run-flat tires will retain their shape and remain firmly attached to the rim. Even at high speeds, the vehicle remains stable and precisely controllable. The vehicle can be driven for up to 80 km at 80 km/h* following a loss of tire pressure. The need for a spare tire is eliminated. *Certain limitations and restrictions apply. Drivers should check their specific vehicle’s Owner’s Manual for complete details.

What tire brands are available for my BMW?

BMW Brand Tire

Staying safe on the road starts with the highest quality tires. BMW has partnered with major tire brands such as Bridgestone®, Continental®, Goodyear®, Michelin®, and Pirelli® to provide The Ultimate Driving Experience®.

Should I change my tires seasonally?

Should I change my tires seasonally?

As the only point of contact between you and the road, the tires on your BMW are the most influential factor in road safety – especially at temperatures of 7°C and below. That is why BMW-star-spproved cold weather tires are created specifically for your BMW, keeping you and your passengers safe on wet, icy, or snow-covered roads.BMW-star-approved summer tires are designed to provide optimal performance in wet and dry driving conditions. Their special tread compounds help with gripping the road, improving the handling and the overall performance of your BMW.

What size tires does my vehicle need?

What size tires does my vehicle need

Each BMW vehicle is unique and its tires come in a variety of sizes. Sidewall markings on tires detail the width, profile and rim size. Please use the BMW-approved tire selector or consult your preferred BMW Retailer to find out what tire sizes fit your vehicle.

How do I find my BMW tire and wheel size?

How do I find my BMW tire and wheel size

The wheel size is the diameter of your vehicle's rim, not including the tire. Your BMW's wheel size and recommended tire size can be found in the lower section of the b-pillar when you open the driver’s door.

Why do my tires have a speed rating?

Why do my tires have a speed rating

The speed rating is an indication of a tire's general performance capabilities. Speed ratings range from A (the lowest) to Y (the highest). BMW star approved tires utilize speed ratings that match the handling characteristics of your vehicle. Replacement tires should match or exceed the speed rating of the original equipment tires installed from the factory.

Speed Rating Abbreviations
Abbreviation
Speed Rating
J
up to 100 km/h
K
up to 110 km/h
L
up to 120 km/h
M
up to 130 km/h
N
up to 140 km/h
P
up to 150 km/h
Q
up to 160 km/h
R
up to 170 km/h
S
up to 180 km/h
T
up to 190 km/h
H
up to 210 km/h
V
up to 240 km/h
W
up to 270 km/h
Y
up to 300 km/h
ZR
up to 340 km/h

Why do my tires have a load rating?

Why do my tires have a load rating

The load rating is a numerical value assigned to a tire based on the relative load-carrying capabilities of the tire. Load rating should not be exceeded as this could result in premature wear of the tire or sidewall.

Load Rating Abbreviations
Load Rating
Load Rating
69 = 325 kg
90 = 600 kg
70 = 335 kg
91 = 615 kg
71 = 345 kg
92 = 630 kg
72 = 355 kg
93 = 650 kg
73 = 365 kg
94 = 670 kg
74 = 375 kg
95 = 690 kg
75 = 387 kg
96 = 710 kg
76 = 400 kg
97 = 730 kg
77 = 412 kg
98 = 750 kg
78 = 425 kg
99 = 775 kg
79 = 437 kg
100 = 800 kg
80 = 450 kg
101 = 825 kg
81 = 462 kg
102 = 850 kg
82 = 475 kg
103 = 875 kg
83 = 487 kg
104 = 900 kg
84 = 500 kg
105 = 925 kg
85 = 512 kg
106 = 950 kg
86 = 530 kg
107 = 975 kg
87 = 545 kg
108 = 1000 kg
88 = 560 kg
109 = 1030 kg
89 = 580 kg
110 = 1060 kg