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N rated tyres - essential or not?

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2021/01/24 08:09:11 (permalink)

N rated tyres - essential or not?

Time to replace tyres again on my 987.1 S.  The car does a mix of road use with 3 or 4 track days a year.  What’s the group’s view on N rated tyres - are they the best all round tyre and has anyone found a non N rated tyre that they prefer?
 
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Re: N rated tyres - essential or not? 2021/01/24 08:38:25 (permalink)
Simon,
 
I think that the general consensus is that the Michelin PS4S is the best all-round tyre ATM, although I’m not sure that you can get it with an N-rating for your 987.1 CS. N-rated offerings are available from Continental, Goodyear, Michelin and Pirelli but these are likely to be older generation tyres which may not have been updated, although they still have Porsche approval and are still very good tyres.
 
With the MPS4S you have the benefit of the latest tyre technology albeit without it being approved by Porsche for your car, so the choice is yours.
 
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Re: N rated tyres - essential or not? 2021/01/24 08:44:17 (permalink)
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Re: N rated tyres - essential or not? 2021/01/24 10:08:10 (permalink)
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Re: N rated tyres - essential or not? 2021/01/24 10:58:36 (permalink)
I would suggest that you confirm with your insurance provider - just in case.
 
N rated tyres are specifically made for Porsche and they are likely to be the recommended tyre for your car.
 
As you are probably aware they may try to 'wriggle' out of any claim if these are not fitted.


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Re: N rated tyres - essential or not? 2021/01/24 11:38:16 (permalink)
Essential for anyone with extended warranty.
Otherwise I would say recommended as N rated tyres are constructed specifically for Porsche cars characteristics.
 

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Re: N rated tyres - essential or not? 2021/01/24 11:49:05 (permalink)
Simon,
 
Although I’d be mindful of Peter’s comment, provided your car is fitted with tyres of the correct size and speed rating then I can’t see insurance being a problem. If that was the case then I reckon the vast majority of used cars on the road wouldn’t necessarily comply with the requirement. 


Just to add that despite the Michelin PS4S being the current favourite there have been comments here that they can “go-off” quite quickly when pushed hard on track and require careful management in that respect.
 
I suppose that it comes down to the choice between an older technology N-rated tyre which was approved maybe 10-years ago and the latest in tyre technology. Note that if you still have the Porsche Extended Warranty then N-rated tyres are obligatory.
 
For what it’s worth my 2009 987.2 CS is still running on Pirelli P-Zero N2s only because replacement of the front and rear tyres never seem to coincide, but if/when that happens I don’t think that N-rated tyres will be a high priority for me.
 
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Re: N rated tyres - essential or not? 2021/01/25 14:26:55 (permalink)
Thanks for the reply.  I've checked with my insurer, Footman James, who confirmed that they don't require N rated tyres to be fitted.  I know that alternate insurers and different polices may vary, so it was a good prompt to check.  Thanks again. S

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Re: N rated tyres - essential or not? 2021/02/02 23:28:01 (permalink)
I would say that the Michelin PS2N2 suits the 987 chassis perfectly. It may well be an older technology tyre, but it’s technology from the same time as that of the rest of the car and was designed to suit and work well on the car. 



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Re: N rated tyres - essential or not? 2021/02/03 19:01:39 (permalink)
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