BMW winter tyres
Except for the specialist ‘M’-badged models, tyres for newer BMW cars invariably means Run Flat tyres. The safety benefits these bring are well-documented, as is the fact that the car’s suspension and other components are designed to work in association with these rather than regular tyres. Thus if you do own a BMW and would like to fit winter tyres, Run Flat winter tyres will be necessary.
Winter tyres are particularly relevant to BMW cars because almost all two-wheel-drive models have the driving wheels on the rear axle. While this will give optimum driving performance, in terms of handling and balance, in summer motoring, the story isn’t so good in cold weather or – particularly – snow. Rear-wheel-drive means that the back wheels have a pushing, rather than a pulling, motion, which can make the cars much less controllable in extreme weather. In fairness at least some of the blame for the notoriously poor performance of BMWs on snow and ice should be attributed firmly to the their drivers rather than the cars themselves…
Of course winter tyres are designed to be effective on all surfaces in cold weather, not just on snow and ice. If you want to get the best performance out of your BMW this winter then having winter tyres fitted is the best option, quite apart from the advantages in terms of safety. Click here to buy BMW winter tyres or for more information on choosing the best tyres for your needs call the national sales team on 0800 028 9000.
Recommended BMW winter tyres
A new BMW leaving the factory or the dealer’s forecourt will invariably be equipped with BMW-approved original equipment tyres, easily identified by a star mark on the sidewall. In this country, winter tyres do not feature as original equipment across the BMW range. However, it’s a different case in Germany, where they are a legal necessity when the temperature dips below freezing. As you’d therefore expect, the development and research work BMW undertakes with tyre manufacturers extends into winter tyres as much as summer ones.
Winter tyre ranges currently approved by BMW include Bridgestone Blizzak, Dunlop SP Winter Sport, Continental WinterContact, Goodyear UltraGrip, Pirelli Sotto Zero and Michelin Primacy Alpin tyres. Naturally all are available in Run Flat format. Additionally, BMW recommends Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow for larger SUV and 4×4 vehicles such as the X5. All of these tyres are available from etyres for fitting to your BMW.
For further details about winter tyres, click here, or contact etyres’ National Sales Team on 0800 028 9000.