Porsche 911

Porsche 911 Tyres

Early 911 Tyres

Early 911 Tyres Porsche 911 tyres for a standard car as recommended by Longstone Tyres. Early Porsche 911 originally fitted a 165R15 tyres. They fitted a variety of different brands of tyres, including Michelin and PIRELLI CINTURATO ™. Currently Longstone tyres would suggest that the best tyres for these pre 1968 Early 911 cars would be either the 165HR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 or the 165HR15 Michelin XAS.
These are both tyres that were fitted in period and are also both excellent tyres made by 2 of the world's best tyre manufacturers. Porsche themselves have become involved in sourcing classic tyres for their cars, and giving them their seal of approval, in the form of a "N4" marking. Meaning that they have Porsches Homologation. In doing so they have made a 165VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 N4. Having the V speed rating is great and appropriate to these early 911 cars, However sadly the CN36 tread pattern did not come about until 1969, by which time the 911 was fitting a 185/70VR15. However the CN36 tyres are excellent, look very cool, will handle excellently and of course have Porsches seal of approval as suited to these early 911's.

Porsche 911 Tyres

In 1968 Porsche fitted wider rims to its early 911 cars and changed the tyre size to 185/70VR15. We believe that the earliest cars were offered with either Continental, Dunlop or Michelin XWX. then in 1969 PIRELLI developed their low profile tyre developed in conjunction with Porsche, the CINTURATO ™ CN36 which became the tyre of choice on these early 911s. Porsche 911 Tyres
Due to Porsches recent involvement in their classic cars. Porsche have now been involved with PIRELLI producing and homologating the 185/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 N4 which would be the tyre of choice along with the other original tyre the 185/70VR15 Michelin XWX. In 1972 with the 911 Carrera, Porsche started to fit a larger rear wheel with the tyre size 215/60R15. Fortunately in conjunction with Porsche PIRELLI now have the tyre 215/60WR15 CINTURATO ™ CN36 N4 also homologated by Porsche for their top of the range early 911, such as the Carrera, RS, 911S, 911 Targa & Turbo models.

Porsche 911 SC Tyres

Later Porsche moved the 911 on to the SC models. The 911SC continued to fit 185/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 N4 on the front and 215/60WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 N4 until August 1986, when they moved the front tyres onto 195/65R15 as a standard equipment tyre. Some of the sports models of this period such as the 3.0 Turbo, 930, 3.0 Carrera, would want to fit more modern lower profile tyres 205/50ZR15 CINTURATO ™ P7 N4 on the front and 225/50ZR15 CINTURATO ™ P7 N4 on the rear. These tyres have also attained Porsche homolgation. From 1985 you could specify the 16" wheels for your 911, for which Michelin make their 205/55ZR16 SX MXX3 N2 & 245/45ZR16 SX MXX3 N2 and these tyres were fitted to the 930 Turbo and Carrera versions of Porsches 911

Racing 911 Tyres

If you are wanting to take your car on the track there are a wide range of options, Dunlop Racing and Avon CR6ZZ for the early 911 and the Michelins extraordinary TB range for wider wheels offering options for up to 13" wide wheels in the fully treaded Michelin TB15, and the semi slick Michelin TB5 F & R with it's choice of front and rear compounds, and the full wet Michelin PB20

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Optional Porsche 911 Tyres

For motorsport cars the Michelin Collection range of TB tyres are exceptional. Click here to see the 15 inch Michelin TB tyre options available for your Porsche.

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Porsche 911 with Michelin TB15 Tyres
When the first Porsche 911 came on to the market sporting a 2-litre 130bhp engine, they were up against some extremely good sports cars. Aston Martin DB6, E-type Jaguar and Ferrari 275 GTB were just a few of these cars. The first Porsche 911 it has to be said was up against it, and was definitely not a car for the mainstream. The 911 driver of the time wanted fast thrills with no frills!

The earliest 911s were built from 1965 to 1969 and were short wheel base models most of which are now seen thrashing around in all their glory at historic race and rally events. These particular cars tend to be the most desirable amongst the for mentioned group of petrol heads. The next of the Porsche 911s were built between 1970 and 1973 with engines ranging from 2.2 - 2.4 litres. These cars were followed shortly by the arrival of the impact bumper model in 1974, with the top model sporting a 3.2 engine and given a Carerra badge.

Another of the Porsche range was the 2.7 R.S, which was brought out between 1972 & 1973. The Porsche 911 2.7 R.S (R.S standing for Rennsport meaning motorsport/circuit racing in German) sported wide arches and wheels, lighter body work, stiffer suspension and of course a powerful 2.7 engine. This car would prove to be the start of the R.S series and what was to be, a successful racing pedigree.

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Porsche 911 with Michelin TB15 Tyres

Shortly after the Porsche 911 R.S.R 3-litre and Carrera R.S.R Turbo were produced, though only in small numbers, making them eligible for racing. Porsche had almost immediate success with one of their Carrera R.S.R Turbos finishing 2nd at the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1974. The engine used in the Carrera R.S.R Turbo would go on to form the basis from which Porsche would make many assaults on the world of motor sport racing and not only that but also the start of Porsche fitting turbos to their cars.

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Porsche 911 RSR with Michelin TB15 Tyres

In 1974 Porsche decided to up the engine capacity from 2.7 litres to 3.0 litres for the R.S using a k-jetronic Bosch fuel injection system giving the Porsche 911 3 litre R.S almost twice as much power as the 2.7 R.S. With this extra power came more racing capability........

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