A Porsche is not just another car, just as the tires on a Porsche are not the same as any other car. There are certain tires that are recommended, or even required, for every Porsche that is out there. Many Porsche models have different sized tires in the front and rear, which means you need to look at the tire make, tire-type, and something known as the N-specification to be sure you have the proper tires for the Porsche you drive.
For a tire to gain an N-specification it has to pass various tests as well as gain approval from Porsche's engineering department. All prototype tires must meet the handling, noise, and hydroplaning requirements of Porsche before they can be approved for production. Other factors that the tires will be evaluated on include serviceability, uniformity, and high-speed durability. Once these tests have been passed and the tires approved by engineering, they will become what are known as N-specification tires.
N brandings usually run from N-0 to N-4. When a tire has an N-0 specification, it means that it is a new approved version of a tire design. Next generations that have been improved either externally or internally will be N-1, N-2, and so on for as long as new versions of the tire are produced. A completely new tire would receive the N-0 specification and again run up from there. Any tire that has N-markings on its sidewall is approved for use on a Porsche vehicle.
In cases where the approved N-specification tires may no longer be available for a particular model, it is recommended that the vehicle owner choose a higher N specification design for all four tires that are compatible with that particular model. Mixed tire types will not work on a Porsche, so you won't be able to have different types of tires on one vehicle.
While Porsche is known for great handling, every driver should keep in mind that new tires will not offer the full traction you might be used to. It is recommended to break the tires in while driving at moderate speeds for the first 60 to 100 miles after the new tires are put on. This is especially important if the tires are replaced one axle at a time. As the tires are broken in, you will notice your Porsche's handling will return to what you are used to.
Porsche tires are just as important as any other part of this classic car, and assuring that you have the correct tires can help keep it's handling as good as the day you bought it.
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