Porsche Panamera tyres
The Panamera won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but it illustrates the changing face of the motor industry. It’s the demand from the Far East (and China in particular) which has led Porsche to create this model, while the fact that there’s a hybrid version is undoubtedly dictated by what the American market wants. (Being a Porsche hybrid, it is, of course, a bit of an oxymoron but just about the best hybrid there is…) And just like the Cayenne did, this car invoked all kinds of feather-spitting from the traditionalist brigade when launched.
This is a full-size four-door car that’s all about luxury. It’s built with an ethos totally different to the sparse and entirely performance-based nature of the likes of the 911. This car undoubtedly polarises opinion in terms of looks alone. However, more important is what it stands for. It drives really well, just like a two-seater Porsche, and stands in the no-man’s land between tip-top saloon cars and proper sports models. Mixing the two is something which no other car, except maybe the Maserati Quattroporte, manages to do.
Usual Porsche rules apply when considering replacement tyres for the Panamera. As always, these will never be the cheapest option but economy was never the reason for buying one of these cars in the first place. Porsche fits a wide range of tyres as original equipment and the Porsche-approved versions of these carry an ‘N’ or ‘NO’ marking on their sidewall. It recommends always using tyres of the same make and type, with the same speed index and specification code (eg N0, N1, N2 etc) for optimum performance. Additionally, there may be warranty issues to contend with when these instructions are not followed.
The list of these approved tyres comprises the Continental SportContact, Pirelli P Zero, Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric, Michelin Pilot sport and Pilot Super Sport and Yokohama Advan Sport ranges. All are very much premium sports tyres, designed for maximum grip, performance and comfort without much of a nod towards economy.