Run-Flat and Non-Run-Flat Tires for Your MINI Cooper

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by Steve Huffman

The MINI Cooper has been an extremely popular car since it was reintroduced about ten years ago. Now with the price of fuel sky high, smaller and more fuel efficient cars like the MINI are a great vehicle to own.

Many Coopers come originally equipped with a run-flat tire. I talk to many customers who would prefer to replace the run-flat tires with a conventional non-run-flat option. Fortunately, for those who want to maintain run-flat capabilities, Bridgestone has come out with the Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT. This is Bridgestone's third-generation run-flat and it has been well received. Having driven on the tire myself, it's difficult to tell the difference in ride comfort from a conventional tire. Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT tires also provide temporary extended mobility for a distance of 50 miles at up to 50 mph even after a puncture has allowed complete air pressure loss.

If you are a driver who wants a non-run-flat tire, there are a couple of nice options you should look at. For those who may want to step up to a dedicated performance tire, one of my favorites for the MINI is the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. This is a summer-only tire that offers exceptional wet and dry grip and will turn your MINI into a hot rod! Pilot Super Sport tires are comparatively light, with weight savings of up to 10% compared to other tires of similar dimensions. This reduces unsprung weight for improved handling.

Another non-run-flat tire I like for the MINI is Kumho's Ecsta 4X. This is a very nice high performance all-season tire with great year-round traction, a 40,000-mile treadlife warranty and a nice price tag.

Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT
Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS
Pole Position RFT
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super
Sport
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta
4X


There are several other great tires out there for the MINI. These are just a few suggestions. To see all options available for your MINI Cooper, shop by vehicle.

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