Choosing tyres for my 15×7 AMG Penta wheels

My new 15″ AMG Penta wheels did not come with tyres. Choosing a set turned out to be a lot more complicated than I thought.

The big downside of the 15s over the 16s is the tyre availability. The table below outlines possible sizes I could have considered. They are all compared to the overall circumference of the original wheel/tyre combination.

Tyre SizeRevs per KMDifference 205/70 R14496Standard 205/65 R15492+0.8% 205/60 R15508- 2.4% 215/65 R15482+ 2.8% 215/60 R15498- 0.4% 225/60 R15489+ 1.2% 225/55 R15506- 2.4% 235/55 R15498- 0.4%

The easiest and most obvious choice would have been one of the 205 […]

15″ AMG ‘Penta’ wheels for my 450SLC

I’ve been on the lookout for a different set of wheels for my 450SLC. It is currently running a set of W126 second generation alloy wheels. I like these wheels, but they are not quite right for the 450SLC. My 560SEL uses these same wheels, but they are in need of refinishing. Instead of having some of my spare W126 wheels refinished, I thought I would get a different set of wheels for the 450SLC and use the refinished W126 wheels on the 560SEL.

I thought of a few options for the SLC.

Standard 14″ Steel wheels with colour matched […]