Most of us know how seriously Porsche is committed to their heritage and history, but every once in a while they give us a reminder, anyway. Take the press release we used to write this post. It contains information and links to tire recommendations for every “classic” Porsche made from 1959 (starting with the 356 B) 2005 (ending with the 996). Together, there are 32 new tire models to choose from.
Is your Porsche a “Classic”?
Porsche last updated the models they consider to be part of their “classic” collection back in 2014. That’s when they added the 986 model line and 996 model line. Other classic Porsches are the 356, 924, 928, 944, 968, 911, 964 and 993 models. Generally, Porsche Classic looks after those vehicles whose production was discontinued at least 10 years previously. The “Classic” designation ensures that OEM parts will be available for your car long-term.
What’s so special about these tires
Porsche test and certifies their tires using “N-Spec” approval (this identifies that a tire meets or exceeds quality and performance levels set by Porsche). However, the look of tires have changed over the years as technology has improved. The tires on this list, are not simply reissues of historic models. Instead, they combine the look of the original tires with the technology of modern ones.
There are currently 161 different recommendations for summer tires and an additional 131 recommendations for winter tires. Porsche no longer keeps an updated list on its German website for Porsche Classic tires, but rather refers you to your local Porsche service center. But if you’d rather order online, you can get them through Tire Rack. They have a blog post on how to identify the Porsche N-Spec tires, and list some for the 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe as an example, including N2 Michelin Pilot Sports, N2 Pirelli P Zeros, N1 and N0 Bridgestone Potenza RE050s. If you want even more information on these N-Spec tires, Tire Rack goes even more in depth here.
Updated (12:10pm EDT, 06/04/2021): Porsche Classic’s website no longer lists the tires, so the post was updated to reflect that change, and also how to find Porsche’s N-Spec tires on Tire Rack.