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Wheels & Tyres

All part of the performance

It’s not only the engine that creates the dynamic sports car performance of your Porsche. The tyres play an essential role too. After all, they are the exclusive points of contact to the road and play a key role in safety and driving pleasure. So every revolution of the engine, every movement of the steering wheel, and every touch of the brake pedal can only have an effect thanks to the right tyres.

Of course the right tyres vary according to the Porsche model, and the type of wheel. The wrong, non-approved choice could negatively affect performance, handling, and safety. That’s why your Porsche Service Consultant will provide you with the information you need on the latest Porsche approved N-rated tyres.

Porsche Tyres

Porsche - Tyres

Tyres

Porsche - Tyres

Tyres

Did you know that asphalt can reach temperatures of up to 60°C in the summer? Or that your Porsche is subjected to lateral loads of up to 1.3 g when cornering? Porsche recommended N-rated tyres use a special rubber compound which remains stable even at high temperatures. With a tread pattern optimised for hot road surfaces, they offer better grip, greater cornering stability and shorter braking distances. Optimum rolling resistance also helps to ensure their fuel efficiency.

Porsche - Ultra High-Performance Tyres

Ultra High-Performance Tyres

Porsche - Ultra High-Performance Tyres

Ultra High-Performance Tyres

Featuring a shallower tread depth, specialised tread pattern and substructure, these tyres are designed for use on racing circuits: for driver safety training, performance driving training and motorsport. Providing better dry weather grip than normal street tyres, they also offer optimised wear characteristics.

‘N’ for safety and pleasure

Porsche N-rated tyres
Porsche N-rated tyres

This range has been created by Porsche over many years, in close collaboration with leading tyre manufacturers. Porsche works with the tyre manufacturers to jointly develop the ideal tyre type for each model, to meet its special performance requirements. The fact that the tyres have been thoroughly tested and approved by Porsche is indicated by their N-rating (the letter stands for “Nürburgring” where the tyres are tested).

Previously, tyre ratings only indicated the tyres’ technical status, by the figure which followed the N (0, 1, 2, 3 or 4). The details were then explained in each tyre’s technical data. Now, additional information has been added to the rating.

Following the N, a second letter indicates the model line, and the figure which follows the letters represents the generation: 0 for 1st, 1 for 2nd and so on.

For example, the Porsche 992 tyre will be rated NA0, indicating it is:
N – Approved by Porsche
A – Developed for the Porsche 992
0 – First generation

Porsche N-rated tyres differ from others primarily in terms of geometry, rubber composition and testing methods. Testing covers three main areas:
1. Subjective outdoor criteria, such as handling and driving comfort
2. Objective outdoor criteria, such as braking performance and service life
3. Indoor criteria, such as rolling resistance and high-speed performance

During development, tyre geometry and rubber composition in particular are tailored to Porsche vehicles. As a result, whether all-season, summer, winter or high-performance, Porsche N-rated tyres provide excellent driving stability and maximum driving pleasure. They also ensure your vehicle retains its original driving performance and safety margins, even after the tyre is replaced.

Tyre construction

Bead core: is made of steel wire. Ensures the tyre fits securely on the rim.Bead core: is made of steel wire. Ensures the tyre fits securely on the rim.
Carcass: several layers of rubberised textile fibres (mainly rayon) run radially (at right angles) to the direction of travel. These layers determine the tyre's load capacity.Carcass: several layers of rubberised textile fibres (mainly rayon) run radially (at right angles) to the direction of travel. These layers determine the tyre's load capacity.
Belt layers: stabilise the contact area and provide directional stability. At least two crossed layers made of steel cords.Belt layers: stabilise the contact area and provide directional stability. At least two crossed layers made of steel cords.
0° cover: this layer, made of reinforced, rubberised nylon threads, reduces the heat generated by friction. It ensures that the tyre retains its shape at high speed.0° cover: this layer, made of reinforced, rubberised nylon threads, reduces the heat generated by friction. It ensures that the tyre retains its shape at high speed.
Tread: creates contact with the road. A negative profile assists water drainage; a positive profile affects grip, traction, stability and noise.Tread: creates contact with the road. A negative profile assists water drainage; a positive profile affects grip, traction, stability and noise.
Tyre wall: protects the tyre from damage. Affects driving characteristics and comfort. The tyre designations are also stamped here.Tyre wall: protects the tyre from damage. Affects driving characteristics and comfort. The tyre designations are also stamped here.
Inner liner: airtight inner layer (butyl layer).Inner liner: airtight inner layer (butyl layer).
Apex: is located above the bead core. It affects tyre deformation in the event of lateral forces, steering response and driving comfort.Apex: is located above the bead core. It affects tyre deformation in the event of lateral forces, steering response and driving comfort.

Tyre marking

Tyre type: indicates the tyre model. The N-rated LATITUDE Sport 3 manufactured by Michelin is a tyre approved for the Macan.Tyre type: indicates the tyre model. The N-rated LATITUDE Sport 3 manufactured by Michelin is a tyre approved for the Macan.
N-rating (N0): identifies tyres developed specifically for the requirements of Porsche vehicles. The number describes the technical status at the time approval was obtained. N-rating (N0): identifies tyres developed specifically for the requirements of Porsche vehicles. The number describes the technical status at the time approval was obtained.
Tyre brand: indicates the tyre manufacturer. Michelin is the tyre cooperation partner of Porsche. Tyres are jointly developed specifically for Porsche vehicles.Tyre brand: indicates the tyre manufacturer. Michelin is the tyre cooperation partner of Porsche. Tyres are jointly developed specifically for Porsche vehicles.
DOT identification: provides information about the tyre's manufacturer, size, type and production date. DOT stands for (US) Department of Transportation.DOT identification: provides information about the tyre's manufacturer, size, type and production date. DOT stands for (US) Department of Transportation.
Production date: consists of the week and year of production (4812 = week 48, 2012). Incidentally, a tyre is considered new for up to 5 years after production.Production date: consists of the week and year of production (4812 = week 48, 2012). Incidentally, a tyre is considered new for up to 5 years after production.
Load & speed indices: indicate the tyre's maximum load in encrypted form (101) and maximum permitted speed (Y) at the prescribed air pressure.Load & speed indices: indicate the tyre's maximum load in encrypted form (101) and maximum permitted speed (Y) at the prescribed air pressure.
Tyre size: is determined by width in millimetres (265), height/width ratio in percent (40), tyre construction (R = radial tyre) and rim diameter in inches (21).Tyre size: is determined by width in millimetres (265), height/width ratio in percent (40), tyre construction (R = radial tyre) and rim diameter in inches (21).

Porsche and Michelin Tyres

Porsche and Michelin have worked closely together for almost half a century. Since 2002, Michelin has also been Porsche’s global tyre cooperation partner. This means we collaborate long before any particular vehicle’s market launch, to design, develop and manufacture tyres specifically tailored to match the demands of the new model, and to enhance its safety, agility, control and performance.

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