Abbey Tyres

Tyre Sizes

There are two main purposes of the writing that you'll see on the sidewall of your tyres.

  • To help identify the size and specification of the tyres correctly.
  • To confirm that the tyre has been tested and approved to European and other country safety standards.
The European mandatory is known as 'E' marking. Look below to see a diagram explaining each part of the tyre reference.


Although not illegal, it is not recommended to have tyres with a lower speed rating or load capacity than the manufacturer recommended tyre specification for your vehicle, or to have a combination of different tyre construction types. Consult your vehicle handbook, which will confirm your vehicles tyre speed and load ratings as well as any additional requirements.


Speed Index

The speed symbol indicates the speed at which the tyre can carry the load corresponding with its load index. For specific speed rating details see below.

Speed Symbol Approx MPH Approx KM/H   Speed Symbol Approx MPH Approx KM/H
Q 99 160   V 149 240
R 106 170   VR 131 210
S 112 180   W 168 270
T 118 190   Y 186 300
H 131 210   ZR 149 240

Load Index

The load index is a numerical code, which corresponds to the maximum load a tyre can carry at the speed indicated by its speed symbol, under specific service conditions. For specific load index details see below.

Load Index Kilograms   Load Index Kilograms   Load Index Kilograms
65 290   80 450   95 690
66 300   81 462   96 710
67 307   82 475   97 730
68 215   83 487   98 750
69 325   84 500   99 775
70 335   85 515   100 800
71 345   86 530   101 825
72 355   87 545   102 850
73 365   88 560   103 875
74 375   89 580   104 900
75 387   90 600   105 925
76 400   91 615   106 950
77 412   92 630   107 975
78 425   93 650   108 1000
79 437   94 670        



 

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