Porsche 911 tyres
Launched in 1963, the Porsche 911 is so much a part of the history of sports cars and supercars of the last fifty years, and so closely identified with them, that it probably is the sports car of the last fifty years. Put another way: for fifty years, if you’ve wanted a sports car then the 911 has been the starting point, the one against which all others have been judged.
Needless to say, owning and running a Porsche has never been about counting the loose change. They are expensive cars, for good reason, and even second-hand values are as solid as the Giant’s Causeway. While tyre choice for most cars encompasses premium, mid-range and budget tyres, with a Porsche all bets are off. The choice here is between different premium tyres, all designed to bring out the characteristics which make these cars so special and to complement the enjoyment of driving them.
The customer is always right and thus etyres did once take an order for budget tyres for a 911. We did manage to find them – something called Multistrada – and to fit them; but for the rest of the day the office had a sombre atmosphere, as if one of us had just had sad news or England had failed to qualify for the World Cup.
Most better-known tyre manufacturers produce high-performance sports tyres in Porsche-specific fitments. It’d be no surprise that etyres customers have chosen various Bridgestone, Goodyear, Michelin, Continental, Yokohama and Pirelli – ie all premium brand – ranges for fitting to different Porsche 911 models. In most cases, a replacement tyre will be bought to match those at the other three corners of the car. Additionally, to state here that one tyre is a better choice than another would be a bit like etyres telling you that the Rolling Stones are better that The Beatles – it would completely ignore your own preference, which is why you chose a Porsche in the first place.
Choosing the right product to suit your own needs, driving style, vehicle characteristics and personal preference is important when buying a tyre for any car. When that car’s a Porsche 911, it’s critically so.