NEW YORK—Pirelli Tyre S.p.A. has expanded the range of its Pirelli Collezione tires for classic and vintage cars to encompass fitments for cars other than Porsches.
Pirelli initially launched its "N" series—designated as homologated by German car maker Porsche A.G.—in early 2016, targeting owners of "classic" Porsche models covering the 1959-2006 period.
Available for historic models dating back to the 1950s, the Pirelli Collezione combines new technology with the correct period look to create a tire that is designed to deliver "peak performance" on today's street or track, while paying homage to the car's original character and authenticity.
The expanded Collezione range encompasses six Pirelli Cinturato models from the 1950s, '60s and '70s—CA67, CN72, CN36, CN12, P5 and P7—and the P7 Corsa Classic motorsports range.
Among the targeted car marques are Aston Martin; Audi; Ferrari; Fiat-Abarth; Jaguar; Lamborghini; Maserati; and Mercedes-Benz.
The expanded range includes 175/R400 89H size of the Cinturato CA67 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Pirelli's OE fitment on Lancia Flaminia, the Italian car maker's "flagship" luxury model throughout the 1960s.
The full range includes:
- Cinturato CA67—1950s: Pirelli's first textile-belted radial tire. It fits iconic cars like the Aston Martin DB5, Ferrari 250 GT and Mercedes 300SL "Gullwing." Pricing ranges from $273-397 per tire.
- Cinturato CN72—1960s: Originally developed for Ferrari and the Maserati 4000 and 5000, the "new" CN72 can be fit on models such as the Aston Martin DB6, Ferrari Daytona, Lamborghini Miura P400, Maserati Ghibli, etc. Pricing: $423 per tire.
- Cinturato CN36—1960s: Pirelli's first standard production steel-belted radial tire, it marked Pirelli's re-entry at that time into rallies. Targeted vehicles include: Porsche 911, Ferrari Dino, Fiat Dino and the Mercedes 280 range. Pricing ranges from $253-409 per tire.
- Cinturato CN12—1970s: Among the first 60- and 70-series low-profile tire sizes, fitted to vehicles such as the Lamborghini Miura and Maserati Bora. It also fits the Aston Martin DB4, Jaguar E-Type, and others. Pricing ranges from $412-464 per tire.
- Cinturato P7—1970s: First zero-degree nylon overlay belt and ultra-low profile geometry. Fits the Porsche 911 G models, including the Carrera Coupe. Pricing ranges from $297-332 per tire.
- Cinturato P5—1970s: Developed for Jaguar in the late '70s, including the XJ40 model. Pricing: $445 per tire.
- P7 Corsa Classic—A motorsports tire range for historic rallying; fitments include Ferrari 308, Fiat 131 Abarth, Audi Quattro GrB, etc. Pricing ranges from $236-473 per tire.
Pirelli said the manufacturing process for the vintage tire range includes the use of high-performance nylon in the dual-ply carcass and high-tensile steel wire in the bead geometry. Combined with a dedicated undertread compound, Pirelli Collezione tires offer greater grip and water expulsion for a safer driving.
The tire tread compounds also conform to the latest environmental standards (unlike their original counterparts), Pirelli said, while retain the original sidewall lettering to maintain authenticity down to the smallest detail.