The new third generation Porsche Cayenne, which received a facelift last year, will be fitted with Pirelli tyres as original equipment in the latest collaboration between Pirelli and Porsche.
Pirelli will have products from the P Zero range available for every wheel size on Porsche’s sporting SUV, marking the company’s most recent step in its joint development work on the Porsche Cayenne, a model that Pirelli has equipped across every generation, from when it was first introduced in 2002. And as the model evolved over the years, has included the Cayenne S Hybrid, Porsche’s first hybrid in the range, then the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid (a plug-in hybrid version), right up to the current Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid, which is the most powerful Cayenne ever introduced alongside the traditional powertrain 2024 model.
Pirelli has developed specific P Zero, P Zero Corsa and Scorpion Winter 2 tyres that have been approved by Porsche for low temperature driving for the new Cayenne and cover the entire range of wheel sizes from 20 to 22 inches. Scorpion Zero All Season tyres in every size are also available for some markets.
The P Zero that has been developed for the new Cayenne meets the rigorous demands for drivability, steering precision, stability and safety even during emergency manoeuvres, with all tyre sizes achieving the highest rating on the European label when it comes to wet braking. The tyre has been designed to support the high torque and loads generated by the vehicle, particularly at high speeds.
The Pirelli P Zero Corsa on the other hand, is ideal for sports and track driving and has been derived from the P Zero Corsa that helped the Porsche Cayenne GT to set a record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 2021. The P Zero Corsa for the new Cayenne is made with tread compounds developed from Pirelli’s vast motorsport experience that equip some of the fastest cars in the world.
The new Porsche Cayenne is in fact one of the very first vehicles to receive a specific Pirelli Scorpion Winter 2 tyre approved for the winter season, covering the entire range of wheel sizes.
Developing the tyres proved both challenging and demanding for the Pirelli engineers to ensure safety at low temperatures and on snow, while maintaining high performance on dry and wet surfaces, along with the same sporting DNA that Porsche expects from a summer tyre. It was no mean feat creating a dedicated winter compound, capable of providing driving comfort as well as tangible grip in extreme conditions.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photograph courtesy of Pirelli