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P7 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ The Sports Car Tire

The 205/50 VR 15 tire size is a popular choice that can be found on many modern cars, including the VW Golf and Mazda 2. However, the 1970s 205/50VR15 P7 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ has a special significance for classic sports car enthusiasts.

The P7 tread pattern was widely used in the 1970s and 1980s and was the go-to choice for sports car nuts of the day. This 205/50 VR 15 Pirelli P7 can be paired with other 15" P7 tires to fit a wide range of classic sports cars. Pirelli also offers other P7 sizes such as 225/50 VR 15, 285/40 VR 15, 285/50 VR15 and 345/35VR15 P7 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™.

Pirelli P7 Tires Diagram

Pirelli P7 Diagram

Pirelli P7 Promotional Poster

Pirelli P7 Promotional Poster

205/50VR15 P7 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ - Revolutionizing Supercar Tires

The advent of the Supercar in the 1970s required the development of a new generation of tires that were extra wide and had an even lower profile. Pirelli made significant progress in this area and in 1974, they introduced the P7 tire. The internal design of the P7 allowed for a significant decrease in tire profile while significantly increasing the width. The Lamborghini Countach began fitting 205/50VR15 P7 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ tires on the front, paired with 345/35VR15 P7 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ rear tires, marking the start of a new era of ultra-low profile tires.

205/50 R 15 86Y PIRELLI P7


When the 205/50 R 15 P7 86Y PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ was first introduced, it had a V-rated speed capability of 149 mph or higher. However, it was not rated for its maximum speed. Today, a Y speed rating (capable of 186 mph or 300 km/h) is available. The sidewall retains its original lettering for a classic look, but if you look closely, you'll also see the small inscription of 205/50 R 15 86Y, ensuring compliance with current motoring laws.

The Pirelli range of P7 Supercar tires has recently increased, and they now make the 345/35 VR 15 PIRELLI P7 that was paired with the 205/50 R 15 86Y PIRELLI P7 on the earlier Lamborghini Countach.

Lamborghini Countach on PIRELLI P7 Tires

Lamborghini Countach on PIRELLI P7 Tires

Ford Capri 280 Brooklands on 205/50VR15 P7 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ Tires

Porsche 911 on 205/50VR15 P7 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ Tires

PIRELLI P7 Porsche Tires

Today, the 205/50VR15 P7 N CINTURATO ™ is part of a select range of P7 tires designed to meet the needs of classic Porsche owners.

A tire with the N classification has been tested and approved for use on Porsche vehicles. These tires provide the ideal performance for the Porsche, and are the tires that Porsche recommends you use.

This P7 tire is paired with a rear tire, the 225/50YR15 CINTURATO ™ P7 N, which was fitted to the Porsche 930 3.0 Turbo and 930 3.0 Carrera, the top-of-the-range Porsche 911 of the mid-1970s.

From 1978 Porsche started to offer 16” wheels. Pirelli are again making the 205/55 YR 16 P7, 225/50 YR 16 P7 and 245/45 YR 16 P7 as well for classic Porsche.)

If you're looking for a classic tire that's both stylish and functional, the 205/50 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO TM P7 is the perfect choice. Buy a set of P7s and give your classic car the upgrade it deserves.

205/50VR15 P7 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ Relevant Cars

Alpine Renault A310
Chrysler Dodge Charger
Ford Capri, Sierra
Lamborghini Countach (LP400 S, LP500S, LP5000 Quattrovalvole, 25th Anniversary Edition - Rear)
Lancia Delta
Maserati Biturbo
Mazda MX-5
Peugeot 405
Porsche 911, 911 SC, 930, Carrera
Volkswagen Golf
Toyota MR2
Ford Capri 280 Brooklands on 205/50VR15 P7 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ Tires

Ford Capri 280 Brooklands on 205/50VR15 P7 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ Tires (its original tires were 195/50R15 Pirelli P7)

Porsche 911 Fitment Guide

Lamborhgini Countach on 205/50VR15 P7 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ Tires

205/50VR15 P7 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ Tire Details

DIAMETER OF RIM 15" / 381 mm
ACTUAL WIDTH 210 mm / 8.27"
WEIGHT 8.1 kg
LOAD INDEX 86 = 530 kgs
SPEED RATING Y = 186 mph / 300 km/h
RIM WIDTH 5.5" - 7.5"