Tyre Speed Rating

tyre speed ratingThe speed rating of a tyre is displayed on the sidewall. Like in the image, you will find it at the end of the tyre's size. It is always represented by a letter - in the following example the tyre speed rating is "W".

Once you know your tyre speed rating, you can work out what is the maximum speed your tyre is capable of maintaining.

For example, the "W" rating seen in the image, tells us that this tyre can reach speeds of up to 168mph.

Speed ratings are based on tests in which engineers run the tyre at 6.2 mph steps, in 10 minute increments, until the required speed has been met.

Find Your Speed Rating

Effect on Car Insurance

It is very important that you check your speed rating before buying tyres. Choosing a tyre with a lower rating than is appropriate for your car can invalidate your insurance.

Tyre Speed Rating Table

Speed Rating Mile/Hour Kilometers/Hour Speed Rating Miles/Hour Kilometers/Hour
N 87 140 U 124 200
P 93 150 H 130 210
Q 99 160 V 149 240
R 106 170 Z 150+ 240+
S 112 180 W 168 270
T 118 190 Y 186 300

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