Continental wins OE fitment on Porsche Macan
Continental Tire the Americas LLC has earned two original equipment fitments from Porsche. The Porsche Macan, a compact SUV, will sport the ProContact TX tires, while the ContiProContact has been approved for the Porsche Panamera.
Porsche has approved 18- and 19-inch tire fitments from the ProContact TX line. Since they have been approved by Porsche, these tires bear the additional mark “N0" (N-zero) to distinguish them from other tires.
Porsche has integrated tires in its design throughout the vehicle development process. Porsche OE tires must pass the tire company’s laboratory tests, road tests and race track evaluations to confirm that the prototype tires meet Porsche’s noise, hydroplaning, handling and high-speed durability requirements.
Production tires that have passed all of the tests and received Porsche’s engineering department’s approval can be branded with an N-specification. The N-specification brandings include: N-0, N-1, N-2, N-3, N-4, N-5 or N-6. These markings on a tire’s sidewall clearly and permanently identify them as approved by Porsche for their vehicles. The N-0 marking is assigned to the first approved version of a tire design. As that design is refined externally or internally, the later significant evolutions will result in a new generation of the tire to be branded with N-1, N-2, N-3, etc., in succession. When a completely new tire design is approved, it receives the N-0 branding and the succession begins again.
The ProContact TX is a luxury touring, all-season tire designed for consumers wanting performance with comfort, mileage and enhanced braking capacity, Continental says. This tire promotes multi-directional grip and low noise while providing secure cornering and standout performance in wet conditions, as well as improved steering precision and dry performance. The tire manufacturer says the low rolling resistance affords improved fuel economy. The ProContact TX is available in sizes ranging from 15” to 20”.
The following sizes will be applied to the Porsche Macan:
235/60R18 103V FR ProContact TX NO (Front)
255/55R18 105V FR ProContact TX NO (Rear)
235/55R19 101V FR ProContact TX NO (Front)
255/50R19 103V FR ProContact TX NO (Rear)
In addition to the Porsche Macan fitment, Porsche also has granted further approvals for 19-inch ContiProContact tires for the Panamera model. The ContiProContact also is a luxury touring, all-season tire designed for performance and comfort.
These sizes are approved for the Porsche Panamera:
285/40R19 103V ContiProContact N1 (Rear)
255/45R19 100V ContiProContact N1 (Front)
Photo: ProContactTM TX