Popular Run-Flat Tires for Your C5 Corvette

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

Shop by vehicle to view all tire options 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.
Thursday, October 15, 2015 by Mike Doolin

I have a 2002 Vette convertible with Kuhmo ECSTA MX tires that will probably need to be replaced in the spring. Are these run-flats? The car only gets driven about 2k/year and rarely is more than 100 miles from home. Do I really need run-flats? What's the rough cost difference between those and "ordinary" tires?



Leave a comment