BMW Approved Tires & Wheels

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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.



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.


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


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®


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.


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.


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.


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


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