Tire Speed Rating Differences

Tire Speed Rating Differences

by Tommy
(Virginia Beach, VA)

Tire speed rating table

Tire speed rating table

What is the difference between a 106S and 106V on a tire sidewall?

My Infiniti FX35 are P265/50R20 106V. I have found some for sale that are P265/50R20 106S. Is there a big difference in these tires? There sure is in the price.

Editorial Comment:

The difference between the two tires is the speed rating, which is the highest speed for which the tire is designed to resist the temperature and the forces which the tire is subtected to.

The more expensive tire is built to meet higher standards than the lower prices "S" rated tire which is designed for sustained driving at a maximum of 112 mph, while the "V" rated tire is good to 149 mph.

Which is better for you depends on your driving habits and conditions under which you will normally use your car.


By the way, do you make a habit of checking your tires, at least monthly? If not,Tire Chek will remind you.

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