We’re sure that Corvette owners will agree that Corvettes are one of the best value sports cars on the market today! They are a lot of fun to drive but it’s important to note that their ride quality can depend significantly on the type of tires you install. The 2011 Chevy Corvette can have several different tire sizes and styles depending on the sub-model. If you’ve driven your Corvette over 20,000 miles since you bought it, those tires are probably getting near the end of their life, and you’re probably starting to think about replacement tires. Because tires for your ’Vette can be very expensive, we at AutoSquad thought it would be a good idea to look at the available options and explore some alternatives that can save you money while still maintaining the performance you expect and enjoy.
All models of the 2011 Chevy Corvette came standard with run-flat tires, and had bigger wheels on the rear of the vehicle than the front. The standard tires on the C6 were Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-2 EMT, 245/40-18 on the front, and 285/35-19 on the rear. If you have the C6 with the performance handling package, your tires were stepped up to the Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar EMT, in the same size set. This upgrade increased the handling capabilities of the tire, but in turn, increased the level of road noise. It also reduced the tread wear rating by a little over 26% (from 300 to 220). (Click here to learn what these UTQG ratings mean.)
For the C6, run-flat replacement tires are fairly abundant, with 8 different models (including the OEM) at roughly $1100 – $1700 per set plus installation. Most of the non-OEM summer tires will provide better handling, but only get about 75% of the tread wear compared to the OEM Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-2 EMT. Of the available replacement options, the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT is worth discussing specifically – it has a 10% better tread wear rating (320) than the OEM, and costs roughly $1100 per set. If you are willing to give up a little bit of driving performance to increase tread wear, there is an all-season options: the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP (tread wear 500) for roughly $1200 per set.
The Grand Sport model came standard with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar EMT max performance summer tires (just like the C6 with the performance package), but had a larger size set – 275/35-18 in the front, and 325/30-19 in the rear. The Z06 model came with the same size set, but the standard model was the Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G: 2 RunOnFlat extreme performance summer tire. Replacement options for this size set are more limited. To replace the OEM tires on either car, you will pay roughly $1750 per set for the Supercar EMTs, and roughly $2150 for the Supercar Gs. The Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP, with equivalent specs for tread wear, speed, and traction (220 AA A) can be purchased for around $2100 per set.
The Z06 Carbon, Z06 w/Z07 Performance Package, and ZR1 models all came with tire sizes 285/30-19 in the front, 335/25-20 in the rear, and the standard tire was the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP max performance summer tire. For run-flat tire replacement on any of these models, the OEM Michelin is the only option, which costs roughly $2500 for the set.
Another option for any of these Corvette models is to replace the OEM run-flat tires with non-run-flat tires. The sporty handling of the tires will remain the same, but road noise is often reduced by switching to a non-run-flat tire. The price will drop substantially as well – sometimes as much as 40%. Of course, this switch comes inherent with the risk of getting a flat and not having a spare tire. If you are considering the switch, make sure you understand all the benefits and risks of doing so. If you missed it in the beginning of the article, click here to learn more about run-flat tires vs. non-run-flat tires.
Regardless of your tire size, driving preferences, and budget, when it comes time to replace tires on your 2011 Chevy Corvette, be sure to check out AutoSquad! We offer all of the tires mentioned here, plus many others and all are priced very competitively. Additionally, the professionals at AutoSquad will bring the replacement tires to you, and change them while you work or relax at home, saving you valuable time and money.
Contact AutoSquad at 877-847-3826, or visit their website at www.AutoSquad.com to see their selection of tires and make an appointment online. Please note that AutoSquad’s service is currently available only in the Washington DC & Philadelphia metro areas.