Popular Run-Flat Tires for Your C5 Corvette

Thursday, May 2, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

Arguably, one of the best bang-for-the-buck performance cars available on the market today is the fifth-generation Corvette. While it doesn't have the power figures of the C6 or the magazine coverage of the new seventh-generation Stingray, this car and its popular LS1 engine is capable of excellent power.

C5 Corvettes from the factory (non-Z06 models) use a 245/45R17 front tire and 275/40R18 rear. For those looking to step away from run-flat tires, your options are numerous. However, if you wish to keep the car equipped with run-flats, there are not as many choices. Our most popular sellers in the aforementioned sizes are:

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP is designed to last considerably longer than a dedicated summer tire. This Ultra High Performance All-Season tire has a speed rating up to 186 mph and features a responsive sidewall with a harder tread compound than the Original Equipment offering. Buyers will notice sharp turn-in response that is commonly associated with high speed rated tires, but will give up some ultimate lateral grip when compared to a softer compounded summer tire. While these tires aren't intended for track use, they are more than capable for aggressive street driving.

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP has long been a front runner in the Max Performance Summer category. The PS2 is offered in a run-flat fitment for the C5 Corvette and is a great choice for a driver looking for a premium tire with excellent performance attributes. While the PS2 will sacrifice some wear compared to the A/S Plus ZP, its grip limit is exceptional. This tire has been well reviewed for its great performance and excellent road manners.

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP

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Comments on Popular Run-Flat Tires for Your C5 Corvette

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by ping:
can the Michelin run flat be able to repair? Thank you
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
We do not suggest or recommend repairing a runflat once it has been driven on without air pressure. -Marshall@tirerack.com
Friday, December 20, 2013 by Dan:
I want to replace the goodyear
runflats. 245/45R17 and 275/40R18. What are the best tires from all the manufacturers? And cost and availability?
I did the "One lap of America" 3 times. Thanks for the help!
Friday, December 27, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Feel free to call me directly @ ext.4792. I would be happy to assist with any track specific questions you might have. -Marshall@tirerack.com
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by Dennis Betton:
I want to replace my 245/45R18 and 275/40R18 with low cost tires. Please reply.
Friday, May 30, 2014 by marshall@tireack.com:
Are you looking to stay with run-flat tires or are you willing to try a traditional tire?
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 by Richard DeVasto:
I use my Vett only durning warm New England weather. I've had my 2002 for 5 years and have stored it away every winter. After 5 years and less than 20k miles my brand newtires have dried rotated out. Is this common for Michlem run flats.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by marshall@tireack.com:
Dry rot or sidewall cracking can happen over time with all tire brands, however is not common within 5 years of the original purchase. What is the DOT date code on your tires?
Saturday, February 14, 2015 by Anthony J Paparella:
I want to replace my stock Good Year run flats (2004 Corvette conv) with Michelin brand run flats.What would be the best handling,riding tire to choose.From descriptions I am still confused as to which tire to choose.Thanks
Friday, February 20, 2015 by marshall@tireack.com:
While all run-flat tires will feel relatively stiff, most customers have been pleased with the ride manners of the Pilot Sport A/S+. While they will not perform as well when pushed to the limits compared to a summer tire, they do offer longer wear and a slightly softer feel.

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