The Best Performance All-Season Tire We Ever Tested?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

The new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, which replaces the Pilot Sport A/S Plus, has hit our test track and made quite an impression. Recently, we tested the tire against the Continental ExtremeContact DWS, Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season and Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position. Our test used the Y-speed rated model, however W-, H- and V-speed rated options are also available.

Michelin set out to minimize the performance trade-offs that have been typical of all-season tires up to this point. On the road, it really does give the confident feel of a summer tire, instead of that slight sense of indecision that plagues some all-season options.

On the track, Michelin has reset the bar by delivering precise dry handling and incredible wet traction. The tire's handling prowess stood out from the others with excellent ultimate traction, precision and very good composure with driving at the limit. This tire was so good during our test it tempted us to carry a little too much speed through the corners. It continued to hang on well even with a little too much slip angle, but begins to show some rapid treadwear when pushed too hard.

For a complete recap of our test, read "Testing the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 - Can It Set a New Performance Benchmark for All-Season Tires?"

Comments on The Best Performance All-Season Tire We Ever Tested?

Sunday, November 2, 2014 by Greg Wagener:
Once again, thank you for the information. I was torn between summer tires and all season tires. Problem with summer tires is that I could only use the car about 6 months of the year as I live in Wisconsin. I don't plan on ever driving the vehicle in snow nor below freezing temperatures for that matter. So I'm looking for a great handling all season that needn't excel in light snow. These Michelins sound as though they'll give me an extra 2 months of use of the car and better confidence in rain and colder temperatures.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by Adam:
You should consider comparing these to the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. Those (according to your tests) out perform the michelins in pretty much every way.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by hunter:
Hi Adam,
The P7 is a touring tire as compared to the AS3 being an ultra high performance all season. We do not head to head test tires from different catgeories. Additonally, ambient temperature, track surface conditions, and even the cars used can vary between tests, invalidating those comparisons.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Julie Badel:
I am considering the Michelin Pilot Sport for my 1990 Porsche 911 C2. Is this an "N" tire, i.e, Porsche approved?
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by hunter:
hi Julie,
I would need to know what sizes you are using.

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