Pirelli Cinturato P7 Run Flat (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Sizes & review

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The Cinturato P7 Run Flat tires featuring W- and Y-speed ratings are Pirelli’s Ultra High Performance Summer run-flat tire developed for the drivers of sport coupes, sedans and crossover vehicles. Cinturato P7 Run Flat tires feature Pirelli’s Self-Supporting Run Flat Technology that enhances safety and convenience by providing temporary extended mobility in the event a puncture allows complete loss of air pressure. Pirelli’s Self-Supporting Run Flat Technology allows tires to literally “run flat” for up to 50 miles at 50 mph (80 km at 80 km/h) unless otherwise specified by the vehicle manufacturer for Original Equipment tires. Pirelli’s warranty does not cover tires that develop compound cracking due to use in ambient temperatures below 45° Fahrenheit (7° Celsius), so the Cinturato P7 Run Flat tires, like all summer tires, are not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.

The Cinturato P7 Run Flat’s unique combination of qualities have been made possible by Pirelli’s Green Performance approach to developing products offering a synergy of driving pleasure, performance, safety and respect of the environment. The Pirelli Ecoimpact icons on the sidewalls of Cinturato P7 Run Flat tires highlight their contribution to the environment with regards to energy efficiency, clean air, low noise and long wear.

The Cinturato P7 Run Flat uses a low rolling resistance tread compound that features technologically advanced polymers to increase grip on wet and dry roads while it reduces vehicle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. This compound is molded into an asymmetric tread design that promotes even wear, improves ride comfort and reduces noise levels. A robust shoulder and continuous ribs on the outboard portion of the tire enhance lateral grip on dry roads while four circumferential channels provide efficient expulsion of water from the contact patch to enhance hydroplaning resistance and wet traction. The tire’s internal structure includes twin steel belts reinforced by nylon cap plies to provide high speed-durability. Pirelli’s extended mobility solution is made possible by their MIRS computer-controlled robotized manufacturing system, a production process that assures consistency in the application of the additional sidewall reinforcements that provide the self-supporting run-flat capability.

Note: Cinturato P7 Run Flat tires are designed and produced using eco-focused manufacturing methods and feature low rolling resistance (LRR) compounds and constructions to enhance the vehicle fuel economy of their Original Equipment applications. These tires are identified as such with Pirelli’s Ecoimpact designation on their Sizes and Specs pages.

Though they cannot be labeled as run-flat tires, tires branded with MOExtended or MOE on their sidewalls offer run-flat-like characteristics by delivering limited temporary extended mobility after a puncture results in complete loss of air pressure. Because MOExtended or MOE tires do not have the same speed and distance endurance of conventional run-flat tires, they should not be substituted in any situation where a conventional run-flat tire is required. To confirm what your vehicle needs, check our Original Equipment tire listing for your year, make and model or see your vehicle owner’s manual.

28 COMMENTS

  1. Bought a set of these tires at the recommendation of mechanic and less than 15K miles later they were down to the wear bars. Pirelli offered no money back or a replacement. Horrible wear quality and very disappointed. Do not buy. I should have done my own research and if I had would never have bought tires with a wear rating of 220.

  2. These tires came standard as part of my BMW M550. I drive mostly highway, not aggressive, evidenced by my very good MPG average according to the car. I noticed a bubble in the sidewall of my front left tire; took it to the dealer to have it replaced, and they told me the treadware on the rear tires were low (4/32). For these tires, driven only 8,000 miles, to have this level of low treadware is unacceptable. After reviewing the warranty (there is no mileage warranty; only workmanship), I don’t think I will be purchasing these tires again as I can’t see myself paying for new runflats every 8,000 miles for the life of the car, particularly when I don’t do any very hard driving on them.

  3. This is the second GTI I’ve had. (first one was a 2011 6 speed manual 4 door). Pirellis came stock on both. P7s on the 2011 and cinterados on the 2015. I have no issues with the handling on both. However, The tread wear I think is poor (about 30000 miles) but worst of all they’re very noisy. Seriously, sounds like a truck with mudders on it after about 18000 miles. Rotation at 7000 each car, Snow? ( we get it here in Mn, and Im aware these are summer performance tires) . They’re right. Cant imagine a worse car/tire combination for snow…..Period. The automatic is a little better though. Just bought Michilin Pilot P3+. Hope they’re better.

  4. Our 2015 Mini Cooper S came with Hankook Optimo A/S rubber on 16 inch wheels. Like all but the very best all-season tires, they are really `no season¿ tires and do nothing especially well. On 17 inch wheels, these Pirelli P7 tires transform the car. No, they¿re not Pilot Super Sports, but the Cooper S isn¿t an M2 with a coil over suspension either. On this small car, with stock suspension, the P7s are amply responsive, grippy and provide a satisfying feel of the road, unlike the overly soft, somewhat lifeless driving experience those Hankooks provide. We get plenty of liquid sunshine here in the Pacific Northwest, and the Pirellis seem to handle it well.I wouldn¿t want to run these tires through the deepest part of winter, snow or not, as they begin to stiffen below about 40 F; and for that Dunlop Winter Sports on the 16 inch wheels seem to be a very good cold weather match for this car.All told, these tires and the `plus 1¿ wheels have been a nice addition to the Cooper S. For the cost of a set of wheels and tires, you can bring out the go kart in your Mini that you won¿t know is there if you¿re running the stock A/S wheel and tire combo. Fitted with a six-speed, and these tires, the car is stable, responsive and plenty of fun to drive – and I say that with an E36 M3 and an M2 as daily drivers for comparison.

  5. I recently removed my two rear Pirelli P7 ‘all season’ P225 stock factory tires in favor of these Pirelli P255’summer’ high performance tires for the rear of my Giulia. I immediately noticed the car’s dynamic changed significantly, for the BETTER! OMG! The engineers at Alfa should have had these tires on the car from the get go. I believe they were concerned about the tread wear of a 260AA tire vs the 500AAA of the factory installed ‘all season’ Pirelli’s. I believe the ride is about the same, if not slightly smoother. The handling in dry conditions is exceptionally better, even though they are a mixed pair of ‘all season’ and ‘summer’ tires on there, I prefer what I have now to what I had before. Jumping up from a 225mm to a 255mm has made a world of difference! I highly recommend these exact tires for anyone who has an Alfa Giulia. I am not sure how long they will ultimately last or how well they will do in wet conditions, but for handling, braking, control and width, these are terrific!

  6. Stock tires for 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300. Because it’s a 4MATIC all wheel drive, I have no problems in the snow. I live and drive in NYC, and therefore, treadwear is irrelevant. Why? You’re likely going to bust your tires every 10-15K miles due to pots holes, bumps, and whatever’s lying around on the mean streets of New York before you can even come close to wearing out your tires.

  7. Only after 15900 miles, front right tire is leaking air from BALDING areas. All the tires were rated at a 1 except for one rear tire today which was a 2 by my dealership. I have the paperwork to prove this. This is a front wheel drive car. It couldnt possibly be needing replaced already!!!Do not buy these for a sport luxery sedan. Not good.

  8. I live in the Phoenix, AZ vicinity where rain, snow or other such conditions are not important to me. I had two sets of Pierelli P-Zeros before this that were ‘Run Flat Tires’. I guess that I understand why they don’t make the P-Zero in Run Flat (or even my size) anymore since the market is limited. Not everyone lives where it’s Sunny & Dry almost ‘Three Hundred & Fifty’ days a year. The performance of the P7 Centurato is adequate unless you’re someone whose become used to the fabulous performance of the P-Zero’s. The P7 doesn’t ‘track’ as well as the P-Zero or have that ‘lightning quick response’ when you don’t have the time to think that the tires will do what you expect. It’s either there or it’s not. The P-7’s response is Very Good but not as ‘Confidence Inspiring’ as the P-Zero. I do ‘Drive AggressivelyThe only two other choices that are ‘Summer Only’ come from Bridgestone or Dunlop. I drove a Miata with the Bridgestones and the response was similar to the P-Zeros. However the UTOG rating for the Bridgestone’s are much lower than the P-Zeros. The other choice ‘Dunlop’s are more expensive and I’ve read in other comparisons that they can be noisy. I wouldn’t tell anyone else not to go with the P-7’s. Not everyone lives in Phoenix. To sum it up, I miss the ‘sharpness’ of the P-Zeros and I guess that I’m right when I look at the ‘High Performance Cars’ that come standard with the P-Zero’s. I wish that Michelin made it’s ‘Sport Cup’ tires in my size but they don’t. So, for the 99% of those who don’t live in Phoenix I’m sure that they’ll ‘do just fine’! Even if it rains in Phoenix I’m not planning on taking my MINI JCW Edition out just to see how well they handle it.Since I ride my Two Motorcycles 98% of the time, it will be awhile before I have to decide on tires for the MINI again. So for me, the P’7’s are Good but the P-Zero’s were Great!

  9. Have had these on my car all summer, and have been very pleased with their performance, stability, and ride comfort. They are quieter than the Bridgestone Portenzas that came on the car. I have not seen any problems in wet weather, with no discernable aquaplane. I don’t drive at .9, but haven’t seen anything yet that would make me think that the tires wouldn’t handle it.

  10. Like all run flats , they become noisy and objectionable in a luxury car, at around ten k miles. I can see why so many ditch the run flats for real tyres.

  11. These are the tires our 2013 X3 came with from the factory. They now have about 20,000 miles and appear to be about 50% worn. They are not good in winter snowy conditions so I have purchased a set of Bridgestone Blizzak’s for this winter. BMW’s all wheel drive system is great but can’t overcome the shortcomings of the summer characteristics of the P7’s when it snows, which it does here a lot. Given the ratings of the Cinturato All Season Plus here on Tire Rack, I may replace both sets of tires with one set of those when my current tires are worn out. I could be a bit happier with the noise level but it is still bearable. I may update again at about 30,000 miles.

  12. These tires are outstanding. Compared to the Goodyear Eagle NCT5 RFTs they replaced, they’re better in every way. Vastly better steering feel, better grip, more progressive at the limit, quieter, softer ride. They remind me a bit of Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3’s, but a bit stickier, and run-flat, and you can’t use them in the winter.

  13. These have about 18000 miles on them. Two are almost to the wear bars, two are at about 50-60 percent. Typical run-flat ride, a harsher than I like, but maybe a little better than most run flats. Handling and grip seem good though. Havent had enough wet or snow experience with them to comment on that. Will probably replace with non runflat Michelin Pilot AS 3 which provide a much better ride without giving up any handling.

  14. Just put these on this morning. After 2years on oem tires. Found it to be a softer ride and better handling, so far anyway, when comparing to the original set. The compounds are softer as expected, giving a softer ride. Really good glide distance. Main worry is the wear rate, as I put decent mileage per year on the car, at least 1,500 a month. Will have to compare mpg when I got enough miles on them.

  15. I cannot recommend this tire for use with the BMW X3. I purchased a set of these tires in October 2014 as replacements for OEM tires at 40000 miles. Initially, the tires were quiet and on dry roads worked very well. Once winter hit, I felt less confident in traction compared to the OEM Goodyear tires. After approximately 6k miles ride became much more noisy. Initially thought it was wheel bearings which were replaced, and tires rotated without improvement. At 10k miles brought back to BMW and they said that there was significant feathering causing the noise. I have never had problems like this with any tire that I have purchased in the past. So, even though this is OEM for BMW X3, I cannot recommend this tire. Maybe these are not a good match with a bigger vehicle like an X3? The Goodyears lasted 40k, without noise.

  16. These tires came with my 2013 BMW X-3 28i, which I leased for 36 months/30,000 miles. I have had Michelins on pretty much all of my prior vehicles and had usually gotten about 60,000 on them. I did have Pirelli’s on a Ford F-150 10 or so years ago and hated them. They were bad in snow, noisy and the tread had a short life. Long story short, I just had my car pre-inspected by a firm hired by BMW before turning the lease vehicle in and found out I need to replace two of the four tires. If that is not bad enough, this very inferior tire I have to replace costs over $300 each!!! Will not purchase Pirelli ever again, and why does “the Ultimate Driving Machine” put this sub-par product on their vehicles?

  17. Mediocre tires for a very high price. They do perform quite well in spirited street driving and BMW has done a decent job calibrating the suspension for their stiff sidewalls. For smooth roads, they’re fine, but the crash-through on sharp impacts like potholes is punishing. I assume they have to use a very soft rubber compound for the tread to balance out the inflexible sidewalls, which means they grip well, but wear very quickly and unevenly. I did manage to get a few punctures and use the run-flat capability. It’s pretty neat and convenient to drive on a fully-flat tires at speed, but the fact that they can’t be repaired and must be replaced when damaged AND the terrible impact harshness AND the insane cost don’t really make up for their extra mobility. I swapped these for a set of Michel Pilot Super Sports and the ride quality and handling of my car were transformed greatly. There are much better tires for much less money – get those and a can of Fix-A-Flat and ditch the RFTs.

  18. I have had Pirelli P7 All season run flats before this, which had inadequate steering responsiveness, and Continental Contisportcontact 5 SSR’s, which are more sporting than I can use on the public roads and harsher riding than I would like. Among the run-flat options for my BMW, these are the best that I have found. They combine more than satisfactory steering responsiveness to be fun when conditions allow, plus a creamy and relatively quiet ride so that I can enjoy the luxury of the car when trundling along with traffic, which is most of my driving. They do have a poor wear rating. I switch to Pirelli Sotto Zero Serie II in the winter, which I also enjoy. Had I been willing to use go-flat tires I probably would have chosen Michelin Pilot Super Sports, but as it is, these excellent tires were my best choice.

  19. Bought a set for the rear of my 535d November 2018. As of May 15, they are worn out. I drive about 70% freeway, but the 30% is back roads where I move along through the corners. However, I don’t push these that hard, I usually average 35-38 mpg. If I hammer it, mileage drops to 21/32. Not too happy with these, but the car does not have a spare so I am stuck with run flats. If anyone out there can recommend something better, please do. On the other hand, my Porsche went through rears in 9k miles. But that I drive pretty hard, I average 17 mpg in that car.

  20. I have driven a total of 5,000 miles on these tires and have had to replace a total of 4 tires now due to bulging and blowouts. I love these tires for their dry performance, but in terms of driving them in weather and poorly maintained public roads, I would not reccomend. Potholes will destroy these tires much worse than other tires. However if you’re not concerned about the above, these tires are pretty good!

  21. I’ve had these on my car now for over a year. I absolutely love these tires over the factory Dunlop tires. They are much quieter, deliver a comfortable ride, and provide better mileage without sacrificing any performance that I can discern. I live in the PNW and I have also been pleased with the wet handling of this tire. I also notice far less squirm on grooved freeway pavement than with the Dunlop tires. I have had to do a few emergency maneuvers (avoidance, panic stopes) and these tires performed confidently under those conditions. All that said, I am not an aggressive driver and have never gone a track, so my opinion should be tempered by that.I definitely plan to stick with these tires for the next replacement cycle.

  22. I actually like these tires performance-wise but buyers should know that if you get even a tiny screw in it Pirelli advises against repairing the tire so you will continually be buying new tires. A few neighbors have done construction around my house in the last few years and I have had to buy three stupid tires–today was another screw in the tire and I decided to replace all four with a different tire. I will NEVER buy these again.

  23. These are the factory tires for my 2018 Mercedes CLA250. The road noise is unacceptable for a “luxury” car. The wet traction was good at first but now at 4/32″ the tires have given up. I have driven 31,000 miles and will have to purchase tires before my lease is up. The dealership is surprised I got this many miles out of the Pirellis. That is unacceptable. The suspension is far too soft or perhaps its the tires to engage in any really fun push the limits driving. I put a cheaper set of Sumitomo HTR AS on my Audi A4 and had no road noise and tremendous wet grip. They held the wet road in spirited driving until 2/32″ at 45,000 miles. No road hazard warranty for OEM tires from Pirelli yet they offer it on replacement tires. Shelling out several hundred $$ as I did for replacement tires due to pothole damage in the first months of leasing the vehicle was a gut punch. I will have to ditch the OEM tires on my next vehicle to get the treadwear, traction, and quiet ride I expect.

  24. Tires only had 9800 miles on them, as I change them out for winter ones, before the sidewall blew out on the left front tire. Replaced all 4, as the treads were getting pretty worn. I’m pretty disappointed in not only the tread life, but also the ride comfort of these. Obviously with a run-flat the ride is much harsher, so maybe these are in line with other run-flats. But decided to replace with non run-flat Bridgestone Potenza RE980A/S. We’ll see how well those last, but I already like the “new” feel of the Mini without run-flats.

  25. The worst experience I ever had with a set of new tires. I bought these thinking a high end set of tires for my MB CLA 250. In less than 1 year and less than 10K miles my mechanic tells me these tires have worn out uneven and my car is shaking for that reason. This is absolutely ridiculous. I called tire rack about warranty and they tell me there is no tread life warranty on these. The funniest part is these are considered only summer tires so we are no supposed to drive these in winter. I understand it could be limited driving but tires getting not drivable in 10K miles and less than a year is the worst experience I could have. By the way I had bought two of these and installed in the front. I do not recommend these tires at all. Save the pain and by the way the rep told me to buy all weather tires so I can drive in summer and winter LOL.

  26. This is the stock tire for the 2017 GTI Autobahn, and–given my driving style–I was amazed to get 25K miles out of them. They are a good value for the $ and performed well in the dry and reasonably well in the wet. We get a full range of driving conditions in North Carolina, especially in the mountains, and there are very few straight roads to be found. Those with poor wear must have issues with their alignment, toe, or wheel balance. These things can be hit hard for 25K miles and still have some tread left. With all of this said, the P7s were replaced with Michelin’s Pilot Sport 4S, and the performance upgrade is remarkable. They are about $300 more per set and worth every penny .

  27. These are the tires that came with the car originally. I am replacing them after 52,000 miles (I know I am really pushing it but maintaining proper inflation and average driving style is probably key). I got a replacement a couple of years ago for one of them after it sprung a flat and couldn’t be repaired. Overall, these are pretty decent tires except that they got noisier gradually and in addition, developed a highway drone noise quite early on. However, regular tires (non-runflats) can be cheaper, have much better handling and one has more variety to choose from. I have ordered a set of Michelin Pilot sport AS 3+ tires as replacement after reading the reviews with the added incentive of getting the TR ‘close-out sale’ price on them.

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