I have just bought a 2007 Cooper which is running 175/65/R15 Continental ContiPremiumContact 2's .... I've only had the car a couple of days and the ride & handling seem fine, but I would be interested to hear from others running on non runflat 15's as to which tyres they feel suit the Mini well, at present I dont have any experience driving the new Mini on any other tyres so have nothing to compare my present set up with.
Appologies if this has already been covered elsewhere.
I found that 65 aspect ratio tyres are very much economy models - even if you buy a premium brand, they will be designed for fuel economy and long life, not outright grip. So if you want to hoon about, changing to 185/60 would get you into slightly more sporty models of tyres, but only slightly.
I went from stock 15 size to stock 16 size (195/55-16) for my Cooper by buying some old Mini wheels and loved the extra grip. The bigger wheels do knock a little off the 'peppy-ness' but I thought the extra grip was well worth it.
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