At first glance the lettering on the side of a tyre might look complicated. However once you break it down it makes a lot more sense and explains the exact size and specifications of your tyre .
205/45 R16 83 V construction
205 refers to the overall width of the tyre Width Profile Size Load
shown in millimetres. Speed
45 refers to the profile of the tyre. It is the
height of the tyre shown as a percentage of
the width, this is also known as the aspect ratio.
The letter R shows that it is of radial
construction. Virtually all tyres are made this
way today. Due to the superior qualities of
radial construction over crossply construction.
The Number 16 relates to the tyre size. It is
Speed Rating Symbols
| Speed Symbol
|| Approx MpH
the inner diameter of the tyre shown in inches.
The letter V relates to the speed rating of the
Tyre. It is the speed at which the vehicle can travel carrying the load which corresponds with its its load index As the chart to the right shows V is limited to 149 MPH.
83 Refers to the load index of the tyre
The load index is a numerical code, which corresponds to the maximum load a tyre can carry at the speed shown by its speed symbol, under specific conditions that is. In this tyres case 487 kg See below our load index table.