Alternative Tire Size for Your Mazda Miata Mazdaspeed

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

In 2004 and 2005 Mazda offered a Mazdaspeed version of the Miata that featured a turbo charged motor and 17" wheels and tires. With a 0 - 60 mph time of 6.2 seconds and an upgraded suspension, this a performance machine. Unfortunately, the 205/40R17 size deployed with the car is somewhat lacking in performance tire options -- many of the top choices in the Max Performance Summer category aren't available in this size. However, we have found that 205/45R17 is also a fit for the vehicle. It is in this size that you'll find the big hitters in this particular performance category.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super
Sport
Bridgestone Potenza S04 Pol Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole
Position
Continental ExtremeContact DW
Continental ExtremeContact
DW


We have tested the Super Sport against the Potenza S-04 Pole Position twice, with the Continental ExtremeContact DW included in one of those comparisons. Each time the undisputed king is the Pilot Super Sport. When backed into a corner to find a needed improvement for the tire, the ride comfort is a bit harsher when encountering a large impact when compared to some other selections. The Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position's performance comes up just shy while delivering a bit less harshness. Continental's ExtremeContact DW was the leader for ride comfort, but has a little less responsiveness for those performance drivers.

To find the right tire for your application, shop by vehicle.

Comments on Alternative Tire Size for Your Mazda Miata Mazdaspeed

Thursday, November 8, 2012 by phil diwilliams:
thanks for the alternate tire size recommendation for my mazda cx-7, i have ordered them from tire rack

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