Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S Tires Will Be Used By the Likes of Ferrari and Porsche

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tire 10 photos
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The name might mislead some into thinking that this is an all-season tire, but the truth of the matter is that it isn’t one. The Pilot Spot 4 S is, in fact, a replacement for the go-to rubber of a helluva lot of go-faster cars: the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.
The PSS, for all intents and purposes, is one of the finest performance tires made for road-going vehicles. The all-new PS4S, which is due in Europe next January and in the United States in March 2017, pushes the envelope even further. Truth be told, there’s a lot to like about the Pilot Sport 4 S, not just the sidewall design.

The Clermont-Ferrand-based tire manufacturer is adamant that the PS4S “offers unparalleled driving pleasure thanks to its exceptional steering precision and directional stability. It provides maximum performance and safety on all surfaces due to its optimized tread footprint which grips the road in all situations, even the most extreme.” Reading between the lines, cars equipped with the Pilot Sport 4 S will run rings around their equivalents with Pilot Super Sport tires on all corners.

Michelin explains that the outer part of the tread is made of a hybrid compound designed to offer grip on dry surfaces. The inner part of the PS4S, on the other hand, makes use of a compound that contains a mixture of functional elastomers and silica to provide grip on wet surfaces. It’s the best of both worlds as far as summer tires are concerned. Even TUV SUD, the independent organization from Germany, agrees that the all-new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tire is king of the hill.

In the adjacent gallery, you can see four charts with the results the PS4S posted in four scenarios: dry braking, wet braking, lap time, and tire longevity. And as expected, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S in 255/35-19 96Y XL guise outperformed direct competitors in each and every test. Speaking of which, the competition consists of the Continental Sport Contact 6, Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3, Bridgestone Potenza S001, Dunlop Sport Maxx RT 2, and Pirelli P Zero Nero GT.

On that note, Michelin will manufacture the PS4s in 34 sizes, in 19-inch and 20-inch diameters. The French company also tells that the Pilot Sport 4 S “has been developed to satisfy the owners of cars from manufacturers including BMW M, FerrariFord, Mercedes-AMG, and Porsche.”
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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