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I was curious as I didn't specify Run Flats or Non Run Flats at order what is the default Tyre type the F56 ships with?

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Run flats are optional extras ie you pay extra for them so you will probably get std tyres. Mine are Dunlop and superbly quiet. Love them. Actually didn't want run flatss.
 

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Thanks JB good to know. Without them is there a spare Tyre etc?
 

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Run flats are optional extras ie you pay extra for them so you will probably get std tyres. Mine are Dunlop and superbly quiet. Love them. Actually didn't want run flatss.
For US drivers, run flats are standard. You get a choice of all-season or "sport".
 

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Thanks JB good to know. Without them is there a spare Tyre etc?
In the UK, non-runflats are standard and runflats are an optional extra (except not on cars with 15" wheels).

A spare wheel (plus a jack) is a separate optional extra available on Cooper, One and D models, with either tyre type I think, but not available on S and SD models - the central exhaust of those prevents a spare wheel being carried.

Other countries may be different.
 

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Thanks for the info all

Seems like I better get some run flats unless I want to get stuck on the side of the road
 

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Thanks for the info all

Seems like I better get some run flats unless I want to get stuck on the side of the road
Together with an unforgiving ride and poor replacement availability at much higher cost....

Sorry to reveal the truth, but the only thing my brother dislikes on his previously owned Mini Cooper is the run flat tyre option.

I specified my F56 Mini Cooper with 16" wheels and am 100% happy with the ride/appearance/performance trade-off.
 

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Together with an unforgiving ride and poor replacement availability at much higher cost....

Sorry to reveal the truth, but the only thing my brother dislikes on his previously owned Mini Cooper is the run flat tyre option.

I specified my F56 Mini Cooper with 16" wheels and am 100% happy with the ride/appearance/performance trade-off.
Totally agree M I had run flats on my r56 s, hated them. Can of mousse, fine by me, if it's worse ill call out the break down service rather than risk my life with a change.spare is £65 I think , and not bad value.
 

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Ah, maybe I misunderstood but I got the impression from a previous post that the S and SD had nowhere for a spare to go.

Im not really all that fussed about run flats just dont fancy getting stuck on the side of the road.

Hadnt really thought too much about the repair in a can as have always had a spare.

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I had Run Flats on my previous R56 Cooper. They were great... but cost £50 more each when needing replacement. Not much negotiating power. Kind of take it or leave it.

And, no matter where I took it, the tyre people said they might make marks on the rims, as they are such a pain in the a** to fit. One tyre place simply refused to do it, as they had experienced so much grief from owners who'd had their wheels damaged in the past.

So my F56 Cooper S has standard tyres. These are fine - still bumpy enough, very grippy, not much noise! The car comes with a compressor and some blow-up foam stuff. Never had to try this foam yet. But then again, I never had to rely on the run flats in 4 years of ownership.
 

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I had run flats on my 2011 MC and non run flats for winter and there was a difference (both 16"), I preferred the non run flats.

My F56 MCS came with 17" run flats (all season standard).

I was very surprised on much more comfortable the ride is on run flats on the new model. The ride is not harsh at all, they only thing is they run flats are much more expensive.

So I opted for 17" winter run flats (Pirelli Sottozerro). Pirelli has a winter tire promotion here so I got some saving.

Just my experience so far.

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Spare tyres are like starting (crank) handles used to be - my grandfather would never have been happy in a car without one. But we all have learned to live with not having an instant cure for a flat battery, and not having an instant cure for a flat tyre will become the same. How often do we really get punctures? It's certainly not the twice a year that it was in my grandfather's day.

What proportion of drivers nowadays could actually change a tyre themselves? I'm betting more than 50% would have to call for roadside assistance in practice (even if many blokes said otherwise....).

It's a bit different in North America (and even more so in Australia) where the roadside assistance might be several tens of miles away.
 

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True angib, and similarly even if you can change a tyre consider is it really safe to do so.? The way people drive these days I think it quite risky unless you have found a good laybye or car park.they just don't seem to care. Quite frightening on a bicycle worse kneeling down on the roadside
 

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True angib, and similarly even if you can change a tyre consider is it really safe to do so.? The way people drive these days I think it quite risky unless you have found a good laybye or car park.they just don't seem to care. Quite frightening on a bicycle worse kneeling down on the roadside
I agree, Jeremy. That's one point in favor of runflats-- You can get to a safe place.
 

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Together with an unforgiving ride and poor replacement availability at much higher cost....

Sorry to reveal the truth, but the only thing my brother dislikes on his previously owned Mini Cooper is the run flat tyre option.

I specified my F56 Mini Cooper with 16" wheels and am 100% happy with the ride/appearance/performance trade-off.


The previous car and the F56 are like chalk and cheese for ride comfort. I had a Clubman with 17 inch wheels and JCW bodykit and non runflats- ride was very harsh.
I now have F56 Cooper D hatchback on 17 inch Cosmos wheels with runflat tyres and the ride is great. Try and drive one on runflats and then you can make an informed choice.
 

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I have runflats, 17" wheels, and Sports Suspension. The ride is fine, except for the occasional bump in the dirt road I live on. Definitely feel that. But for daily driving, it's fine.
 
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