Often times, people don’t think of driving their Porsche sports cars in the winter months. We talk about storage options, and sell fitted covers and battery maintainers, but we also sell the proper N-Spec rated winter tire packages at Porsche of London.
Customers often ask ‘What does the N rating mean on Porsche tires?’
The N Rating is used to designate high-performance tires which have been recommended by Porsche. This makes it possible to differentiate between a standard tire and a genuine Porsche developed and approved tire. There are some competing products on the market, which feature identical tire designations and tread names, but these tires do not have the N-rating. On the surface these tires appear to be the same, yet they differ substantially from N-rated tires.
Porsche criteria vs Standard Criteria:
Tires must meet numerous criteria in order to be approved by Porsche. These high standards go above and beyond what is covered by the US and EU tire labelling systems. Each of these labelling systems focuses on only three types of criteria: tread wear, traction, and temperature on US tire labels, and rolling resistance, wet traction, and exterior noise on EU tire labels. The objectives of these three criteria conflict with one another. Tires with greater rolling resistance are indeed safer, yet they also increase fuel consumption. Of course, Porsche as well must always strike the right compromise among these criteria in its tire development, but never at the cost of safety.
The bottom line is, Porsche tires are unique as the cars they go on. They are built for your car and they are only sold at a Porsche retailer. If you have any inquiries, please contact our parts department today.