Michelin Pilot Super Sport Review


Michelin PILOT SUPER SPORT Full - 660x550

17"
205/45R17
215/45R17
225/45R17
235/45R17
245/40R17
245/45R17
18"
215/40R18
225/35R18
225/40R18
225/45R18
225/50R18
235/40R18
235/45R18
235/50R18
245/35R18
245/40R18
245/45R18
255/35R18
255/40R18
265/35R18
265/40R18
275/35R18
275/40R18
285/35R18
295/35R18
19"
225/35R19
225/40R19
225/45R19
235/35R19
235/40R19
245/30R19
245/35R19
245/40R19
255/30R19
255/35R19
255/40R19
255/45R19
265/30R19
265/35R19
265/40R19
275/30R19
275/35R19
275/40R19
285/35R19
285/40R19
295/30R19
295/35R19
305/30R19
305/35R19
325/30R19
345/30R19
20"
225/35R20
235/35R20
245/30R20
245/35R20
245/40R20
245/45R20
255/30R20
255/35R20
255/40R20
255/45R20
265/30R20
265/35R20
275/30R20
275/35R20
285/25R20
285/30R20
285/35R20
295/30R20
295/35R20
305/25R20
305/30R20
315/35R20
325/25R20
335/30R20
345/30R20
21"
245/30R21
245/35R21
255/35R21
265/30R21
265/35R21
285/30R21
285/35R21
295/25R21
305/25R21
325/30R21
22"
295/30R22
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The Good
  • Capable wet performance with class-leading dry performance
  • Superior handling in spirited driving
  • Quiet and comfortable while cruising
  • Excellent tread wear life thanks to clever construction
  • Supplied as original equipment on some of the world’s fastest supercars
The Bad
  • Summer only, shouldn't be used in near freezing temperatures and on snow or ice
  • Can be a little noisy compared to other tires
Dry Traction96
Cornering Stability95
Steering Response94
Ride Quality89
Noise87
Wet Performance90
Treadwear82
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There’s a reason that performance cars ranging from the Ferrari 599 GTO to the BMW M3 come with Pilot Super Sports as their original equipment tire. Quite frankly they’re the best hope for transmitting hundreds upon hundreds of horsepower into the road and keeping the whole show from ending up upside down in a hedge. That can be attributed to what Michelin has learned going racing at the world’s highest levels.

The Pilot Super Sport delivers class-leading performance while also standing up to sustained punishment thanks to knowledge gained through Michelin’s endurance racing prowess.

After all, they’ll proudly tell you, the driver who spends less time in the pits changing tires can be out on the track, turning in more laps than the competition and winning races.

Michelin PILOT SUPER SPORT Tread

One of the reasons that the Pilot Super Sport keeps performing at a high level for so long is the high-tech manufacturing process that Michelin uses in making it. Along with the usual steel belts, Michelin’s engineers weave in a substance known as Twaron cord the same way a fishing line is wrapped round a reel.

This process allows them a great deal of control over the tire’s stiffness and handling characteristics. On top of this base go two separate rubber compounds, a softer one in the center to aid braking and wet weather performance, and a harder racing-inspired one on the outside to stand up to the stresses of exuberant driving.

If there’s any problem with the Pilot Super Sport, it’s the limited amount of time in which it can give its best performance. As a summer tire the PSS doesn’t like to be driven on at temperatures approaching freezing, and certainly not on snow or ice. The high-performance rubber compounds are not designed to function properly without being able to heat up, and driving with any summer tires in cold conditions is highly inadvisable.

That being said, the Pilot Super Sport does perform well in wet weather thanks to the previously mentioned Bi-Compound design. The tire features a greater ratio of the soft, sticky wet-weather-performing rubber than previous versions without sacrificing the life of the tread and proves once again that Michelin is the best of the best in this category.

The Pilot Super Sport comes in an extremely wide variety of widths and sizes (108 versions in total!) ensuring that any car that you enjoy driving quickly can benefit from Michelin’s expertise. The Pilot Super Sport is born from endurance racing, built with very clever manufacturing techniques, and offers an unmatched warranty in the segment. They’re just really, really good summer tires, and should definitely be on your list of considerations when shopping for some high-performance summer rubber.

Author: James Walker

Freelance writer for hire specializing in the world of the automobile. If it's got wheels and an engine you can bet I'm interested. Doubly so if it's old and Italian!

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