- 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
- Summer only, shouldn't be used in near freezing temperatures and on snow or ice
- Can be a little noisy compared to other tires
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.
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.
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