Porsche Cayenne tyres
You either love or hate the idea of the Cayenne – and as both a Porsche and an SUV, it has provided plenty of ammunition for eco-warriors, inverted snobs, Daily Mail readers and wives of retired Colonels from Tunbridge Wells. Whether you believe in the purpose of such endeavours or not, it is hard not to respect the engineering behind it. It is some feat of mechanical mastery to produce something which is so big and yet can go so fast.
Naturally Porsche purists hated the concept when it was launched in 2002. It flew in the face of all we had come to expect from Stuttgart, turning the conventional notion of what a Porsche is right on its head. And yet fast-forward to today, and more of 50% of Porsche sales come from the Cayenne. More than half a million have been sold, even if the original was a ugly duckling. Presumably the profits from the Cayenne underpin the development of Porsche’s sports cars, neatly turning the disgust of the Porsche purists above full circle.
The irony of the Cayenne continues. It packs excellent 4×4 ability yet in all honesty the biggest obstacle most models will face is a speed bump. It should also be a practical car, with all that space inside. In real life, though, it is anything but. Its natural habitat is southwest London, where the residential streets are just wide enough for two cars, but not so if one of those is one of these. Additionally, by the time you have found a large enough parking space outside the nursery school, it would invariably have been quicker to have walked instead.
As with many Porsche models, original equipment (OEM) status is critically important where tyres are concerned. Additionally, with the Cayenne in particular it is suggested that both wheels on one axle are replaced at the same time. This will occasionally be a bitter pill to swallow in terms of cost, yet the car’s sensitive drivetrain can be badly damaged if one tyre is slightly more worn than the one opposite. A whole host of different tyre ranges have boasted OEM status for different ages of Cayenne. These tyres are marked with an ‘NO’ or ‘N’ stamp to show that they are approved by Porsche.
The list of these comprises Bridgestone Potenza and Dueler tyres, Dunlop’s Grandtrek, Michelin Diamaris and Latitude ranges, Continental CrossContact and SportContact tyres, Pirelli’s P Zero Rosso tyres and Yokohama Advan Sport ranges.
The best advice we can give is the simplest advice we can give: it’s invariably best to replace a worn or damaged tyre from a Cayenne with one of the same type and from the same manufacturer. etyres supplies and fits ‘NO’ and ‘N’ marked tyres from all these major manufacturers. We’d be happy to help you when the time comes to order one for your Porsche.