Standard And Optional Wheel Choices For The BMW i3 - All of the Wheel Options Are Fitted With Bridgestone Tires

Standard And Optional Wheel Choices For The BMW i3 - All of the Wheel Options Are Fitted With Bridgestone Tires

The tire obsessed geek within me says I should explain the tech behind the BMW i3's skinny, large diameter tires.

BMW i3 Takes Its First

BMW i3 Takes Its First "Hot Lap" on Sticky but Thin Bridgestone Tires

The reason they're sized as such is obvious: lower rolling resistance, less drag, improved aerodynamics and looks befitting the equally odd exterior appearance of the i3.

Bridgestone is the sole provider of rubber for the i3 and the tire supplier has several variants that fit BMW's plug-in.

Bridgestone claims that some "ologic" technology "capitalizes on the synergies of a large diameter coupled with a narrow tread design."  That's typical marketing speak.  Ologic is just some silly word made up by the folks at Bridegstone.  Nobody outside of Bridgestone will ever care if their tires have "ologic" tech in them.

What we do care about is the availability of several tires that will fit the i3.  At some point in time, replacement i3 tires will be needed, so here's what'll be available:

Ecopia EP500 ologic tire is available in four sizes:

BMW i3 - Notice How Skinny Those Tires Are?

BMW i3 - Notice How Skinny Those Tires Are?

  • 155/70 R19 84Q
  • 175/60 R19 86Q
  • 155/60 R20 80Q
  • 175/55 R20 85Q
Additionally, two winter varieties are offered, though neither are made to fit the 20-inch wheels:
  • BLIZZAK LM-500 ologic  
  • BLIZZAK NV ologic
None of the listed tires are of the run-flat variety, so pack a can of fix-a-flat in the trunk.

Those are your options.  We don't expect anyone outside of Bridgestone to produce suitable replacement tires for the BMW i3 in the foreseeable future.

No other tire maker would produced these sizes unless more vehicles come equipped with them.  If the i3 remains the only vehicle to use these sizes, then Bridgestone will be your only choice for replacement tires.

 

Snow Tire for i3 Shown on Right

Snow Tire for i3 Shown on Right