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All models of the Porsche Panamera will be equipped with Michelin tyres when it is launched in July 2013 – in all regions and for all driving conditions. These will include summer, winter and all-season tyres in 12 sizes.

Summer Tyre: Michelin Pilot Super Sport

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport was created through the unique combination of three components: the aramid fibre belt, the Bi-Compound tread band and the Variable Contact Patch 2.0.

Characterised by its superior traction resistance and low weight, the aramid fibre belt helps to overcome centrifugal force and distribute pressure more evenly, thereby helping to control the shape of the tyre casing, regardless of speed.

Developed for race tyres, Bi-Compound technology uses different rubber compounds on the left and right sides of the tread. On the outside, an elastomer ensures exceptional wear resistance to tight cornering, while on the inside, a different elastomer combines with a special tread design to break through the water’s surface film and provide better wet grip.

The Variable Contact Patch 2.0 enables complete control of the vehicle by keeping the same amount of rubber on the road, even as the patch’s shape changes during tight cornering.

Homologated sizes are:

255/45 ZR 19 (100Y) PILOT SUPER SPORT N0
255/40 ZR 20 (101Y) PILOT SUPER SPORT N0

285/40 ZR 19 (103Y) PILOT SUPER SPORT N0
295/35 ZR 20 (105Y) PILOT SUPER SPORT N0

Winter Tyre: Michelin Pilot Alpin 4

The Michelin Pilot Alpin 4 integrates a new winter tyre design called Ridge-n-Flex, which involves the optimal combination of two features.

The first is a reworked tread design with a deep grooves that offer outstanding grip on winter roads and intersecting StabiliGrip self-locking sipes that ensure optimal tread-block rigidity, for more precise steering. The second is the HelioCompound 3G soft rubber compound which retains its elasticity even at low temperatures, thereby ensuring more effective grip on ice and snow, as well as on cold wet roads. This third-generation compound is a new formula combining silica and sunflower oil.

The homologated sizes are:

255/45 R 19 100V PILOT ALPIN PA4 N1
255/40 R 20 101V XL PILOT ALPIN PA4 N0

285/40 R 19 103V PILOT ALPIN PA4 N1
285/35 R 20 104V XL PILOT ALPIN PA4 N0

All-Season: Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

Developed for the North American market, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus stands out for its consistent high-level performance in all weather conditions. That’s because the tyre’s tread design and the TriFusion compound offer excellent road holding on wet and dry surfaces, even in winter driving conditions. The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus is innovative because it uses MaxTouch Construction technology which offers significant total mileage without sacrificing performance in other areas.

Homologated sizes are:

255/45 R 19 100V PILOT SPORT A/S+ N1
255/40 R 20 101V XL PILOT SPORT A/S+ N0

285/40 R 19 103V PILOT SPORT A/S+ N1
295/35 R 20 105V XL PILOT SPORT A/S+ N0

Michelin Total Performance is the name given to Michelin’s strategy of developing tyres for each market segment that simultaneously deliver enhanced performance in several areas. The strategy is focused on designing and manufacturing tyres that combine safety in all driving conditions (on dry and wet roads, and on straights as well as in corners), improved fuel efficiency and longer total mileage, whose impact on the total cost of owning a car makes it a key concern for motorists. Michelin Total Performance involves a comprehensive strategic vision that applies to every one of its tyres. For each specific car manufacturer’s certification program, Michelin always strives to deliver the best across-the-board performance.

Want some more fact and figures about the homologation?

◾1 tyre manufacturer certified worldwide
◾12 sizes certified for all driving conditions (summer, winter and all season)
◾3 tyre ranges all featuring the Porsche N marking (N0 or N1)
◾Global tyre coverage for a global car
◾40% of production will be fitted with Michelin tyres
◾A 2½ year co-development project conducted jointly by Michelin teams and Porsche engineers
◾The Michelin Pilot Super Sport is the summer tyre certified for two different rim diameters
◾The Michelin Pilot Alpin 4 is the winter tyre certified for 19- and 20-inch rims
◾The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus is the tyre certified, particularly for the North American market, in two rim diameters: 19- and 20-inches

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