Introducing the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3: Summer Tire Grip with All-Season Capability

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

Michelin's Pilot Sport A/S 3 aims to set a new level of grip for an all-season tire. Usually when comparing an all-season and summer tire, it would be expected that you would sacrifice a certain amount of "summer time" grip to have a tire you can drive in all seasons. Michelin's new Pilot Sport A/S 3 is designed to provide grip you would expect from a dedicated summer tire, while also providing traction in colder weather.

The Pilot Sport A/S 3 replaces the highly successful Pilot Sport A/S Plus. During Michelin's internal testing, the Pilot Sport A/S 3 provided more grip on a dry autocross than the Continental ExtremeContact DW and Pirelli P Zero Nero (both are dedicated summer tires).

 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3


Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires feature Michelin’s Helio compound made with sunflower oil combined with their Extreme Silica Technology to increase traction at low temperatures and on wet roads. Molded into an aggressive asymmetric tread pattern inspired by the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, its 4-, 5- or 6-rib designs are tuned to complement tire width and feature more rubber and rigid blocks on their outboard shoulders to provide high levels of lateral grip that offer as much dry cornering capability as some competitive summer performance tires. Wide circumferential grooves help resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction. 3-D Variable Thickness Sipe Technology and unique biting edges in the tread grooves enhance cold weather snow mobility for all-season performance.

The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 is offered in two performance categories, Ultra High Performance All-Season and High Performance All-Season. If you're looking to enjoy the grip of a summer tire with the capabilities of an all-season tire, be sure to strongly consider the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3.

N-Spec Tires for Your Porsche

Friday, April 19, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

Porsche vehicles are known throughout the auto industry as one of the most highly engineered driving machines. Their engineers meticulously analyze every aspect of the vehicle's execution from weight savings and balance, all the way down to how the tires perform.

Porsche vehicles from 911 Carreras to Cayennes have tires that are specifically engineered for the vehicle through collaboration between tire manufacturers and Porsche themselves. Original Equipment Porsche tires are commonly referred to as N-Spec tires because the sidewall of the tire will be branded N0, N1, N2 or N3 and so on. The "N" is the designation for Porsche approved tires and the corresponding number identifies the version, with the higher number assigned to newer generations of the tire.

For instance, if you shop by vehicle and look at the 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe, when you choose "View Original Equipment Tires" the website will display all of the tires that may have come on the vehicle as Original Equipment from Porsche. You will find on the list the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 N2, Pirelli P Zero N2, Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N0, and Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N1.

 Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 N2 Porsche
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 N2 Porsche
 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N1 Porsche
Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N1 Porsche

 

 Pirelli P Zero N2 Porsche
Pirelli P Zero N2 Porsche
 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N0 Porsche
Bridgestone Potenza RE050A N0 Porsche


For more information, read "Porsche N-Specification Tire Approvals."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2004 BMW M3 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Fargo, ND
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 21, 2013

Installed these all-season rated 225/45 fronts and 245/40 rears and the overall handling of our M3 is excellent. Had previously used Pirelli P Zero summers but wanted to extend the driving season. The RE970AS's are a great choice and highly recommended.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Rosso

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Rosso Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.25
 
 

2005 Saab 9-5 Aero Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 04, 2013

After 5K miles a pretty good experience. Good off-the-line grip, stable cornering and tracking, good braking hold. Limited wet road exposure, but in light to moderate rain no cornering breakaway or hydroplaning at 80 mph+. The tire is noisier than I'd like; running at 38-40 psi and tread wear is almost non-existent. This tire had gotten mixed reviews (cupping, rapid wear) but with proper inflation and rotation I'm hoping for 30K plus.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2013 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 4,800
Location: Akron, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,800 Miles on Tires
April 09, 2013

OEM on my '13 Mustang GT Premium Convertible. Aquired the car just after the New Year and drove it hard in Jan-Feb on snow and ice. Exceeded my expectations. Now that it is warm again I am finding how great these tires are in the wet and dry. I feel confident in all weather conditions with these tires. Highly recommended! This GT replaced an '08 CTS that was equipped with Continental DWS. I'll take the P Zero Nero over the Conti DWS any day.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 24,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 24,000 Miles on Tires
April 09, 2013

Loudest tires I have ever owned on uneven surfaces. The slightest ripple or roughness in the pavement creates extremely loud vibrations and noise.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.11
 
 

2006 Jaguar XJ8L
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
April 02, 2013

I think I am the only review here that has these "SUV" tires on a luxury passenger car. I bought these solely on price and reviews on Tire Rack, and I'm very pleasantly surprised at the outstanding quality and value. I came off a set of Hankook V-12's that were an excellent summer tire in all ways except tread life. Since I plan to sell this car in a year or so, I got the "cheapest" tire available. In terms of ride and quietness (2 traits most important to my wife), these even exceeded the Hankooks, which were in themselves vastly superior the the OEM Pirelli P-zeros. In deep snow in Colorado during a ski trip last month, they were outstanding; I did better than a guy in a Grand Cherokee (2wd) we were following during a heavy snow!
Anyone seeking a really good tire at an amazing price, don't hesitate getting these for ANY vehicle.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.5
 
 

2010 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 36,000
Location: Melrose Park, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 36,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2013

Bought this car new. Tires rotated per owners manual and they became LOUD at 20k miles. Sounds like a wheel bearing gone bad, but it's the tires. They grip well, decent in rain and snow and wear pretty well. They are just really noisy. Will go with another brand when these are done.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.09
 
 

2011 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2013

These came stock on the 19" x 8.5" rims of my 2011 Mustang GT. I drive 6-speed with 3.55 gears, so the rear tires get a bit more shock treatment than that of an automatic.

Brand new, the tires are great. You almost can't get them to break traction short of turning the traction control off and dumping the cluth after reving up to red line. But after doing that a few times, you will find the traction/stickiness of the tire will have depleted.

They are still good all-around tires, but after a few months of driving, they lose their launch traction.

I have already replaced two sets (four tires total) in the two years that I have had the car and am about to replace another set on the rear. That would mean that about every 10,000-13,000 miles, they need replaced. The tread is not down to the cords or anything, but you can feel a major difference in the performance at the 10k wear point.

Road noise is pretty minimal for a low-profile tire and the ride is comfortable as the suspension on the GT with these tires rides very well. There seems to be a bit of roll/softness in cornering, but if you know your car well enough, you know what you can and can't do and the tires stay fairly firm. I will buy them again for all year tires, but I will probably switch to something stickier for Summer track action on street tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2013 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Akron, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2013

Amazing Snow and Ice performance out of these OE tires on my '13 Mustang GT. I had a CTS prior to this that I had equipped with Continental DWS high Performance All Season. The Caddy had to be parked if 2 snowflakes fell. I can drive the Mustang GT equipped with thes P Zeros all day in any weather (including light to medium SNOW) !

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Silver

Monday, April 1, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Silver Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5
 
 

2007 BMW 550i Sedan Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
March 20, 2013

I've had these tires for a couple months and have several thousand miles on them now. I waited till Jan. 1st to buy them, as the price dropped drastically...there was a drawback though...they're terrible in cold weather; I live in Virginia Beach, VA and figured it wouldn't be a big deal, as its not like I live in Minnesota (anymore). Anyway, Good luck trying to get traction in the cold..they are after all summer tires! Needless to say, I expected it and do not give a negative rating for that reason. When it warms up, they respond perfectly...rain or sun, they're great tires!!! I do think they'll wear really quick, but just based on a visual check. Oh, and the white letters look a little funny...I think I like it though; but it took a while to get used to it on my BMW! ya don't see white lettered tires on a Bimmer too often haha. Overall, great tires!!!!! Good thing it doesn't get too cold here in VA!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 Chevrolet Camaro LT
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Miles driven on tires: 28,500
Location: Firestone, CO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 28,500 Miles on Tires
March 16, 2013

These were original tires that came with our 2010 Camaro. We replaced them at 28500 miles with same P Zero tires. Around 22000 they lost their grip in wet surface/snow. These are summer tires, however we drive this car on daily basis and new tires are great. Tires wore off equilly as they aged.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

1996 Acura Integra GS-R
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Arlington, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 19, 2013

I have worn out a number of very high performance tires on this car. All have their quirks. These are still low miles, so I haven't really tested them much, but so far so good. The PZero Nero offer surprisingly civilized ride, fairly low noise, with strong and predictable cornering. My suspension is mostly stock with Koni shocks, and these tires will out perform my suspension with no drama or unexpected motion, and max cornering on ramps is very stable and predictable. I am impressed that wet traction is very good and they still behave well. I can't wait to put them back on after snow season!

 

Warmer Weather is Coming - Time for a New Ultra High Performance All-Season Tire

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Doc Horvath

With the snow melting in most of the country, driving enthusiasts are looking forward to a spring and summer of high performance driving fun. For those on a budget, there's a great selection of Ultra High Performance All-Season tires, including the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season. The tire is currently ranked sixth in our Tire Survey Results.

Our extensive Real World Road Ride and test track have always separated the contenders from the pretenders. A couple years ago we tested the Pirelli against the Dunlop SP Sport Signature, Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 and Yokohama AVID ENVigor with the P Zero Nero All Season delivering the quickest and most direct-feeling steering of the group. The Yokohama AVID ENVigor and Dunlop SP Sport Signature followed, with Sumitomo's HTR A/S P01 right behind. All three options exhibited an excellent direct steering feel. Overall noise levels for all four tires were similar, with all producing some amount of tread pattern hum. The AVID ENVigor generated a small ringing tone when it encountered sharp impacts on the highway, and the HTR A/S P01 produced a little more tread noise than the rest.

On the track in dry conditions, the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season had the quickest overall lap time with its very quick steering response and good overall grip. Dunlop's SP Sport Signature followed with plenty of cornering traction and similar predictable handling. The Yokohama and Sumitomo repeated their standings as before. In the wet, the SP Sport Signature was fastest, thanks to its responsive steering and good ultimate grip, especially under braking.

If you're in the market for new Ultra High Performance All-Season tires, read "Finding the 'Ultra' in Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires" before making your selection.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero

Monday, March 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2013 Audi A7 Sedan 3.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Tustin, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2013

So far so good, will update when I see exactly how many miles I get but have really enjoyed these so far. Between these tires and the quatro drive I've never been able to break them loose (ok we won't talk about overcooking it into a corner and then they were progressive in their break away and easy to recover). Reasonably quite and smooth on the rough southern Ca freeways I tend to be on, I'd recommend these to anyone.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero

Monday, March 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2010 Chevrolet Camaro LT
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Miles driven on tires: 28,500
Location: Firestone, CO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 28,500 Miles on Tires
March 16, 2013

These were original tires that came with our 2010 Camaro. We replaced them at 28500 miles with same P Zero tires. Around 22000 they lost their grip in wet surface/snow. These are summer tires, however we drive this car on daily basis and new tires are great. Tires wore off equilly as they aged.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.86
 
 

2008 BMW X5 4.8i
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Rocklin, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
March 07, 2013

Prelli claims we ties should get up to 20000 miles. My tires wore evenly and are wore out at 12,000 miles. This is an expensive tire for that kind on performance and ware. I purchased these tires because I have had great sucess with Prelli Scorpion ATR's on my Lincoln Mark LT.
The P Zero is over rated and not a good tire at even half the money.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.75
 
 

2011 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Simpsonville, SC
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
February 28, 2013

These tires came standard on my 2011 GTI MkVI. I had them rotated at 10k and 20k miles as recommended in the owners manual. After rotating them at 20k miles they became very noisy on smooth pavement. They now make a noticeable pulsing/growling/humming sound at slow speeds. There is also a noticeable "feathering" wear pattern on the tread blocks which is probably the primary cause of the noise. These tires need to be rotated every 5k miles, not the 10k that the owners manual recommends. If you purchase these tires, make sure to rotate them often to keep the wear even.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie IIReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45

2012 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: APO, AE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2013

Hard to believe that this tire is rated below the Dunlop Wintersport M3, which is a fine winter tire but inferior to the Sottozero II's, specially in the dry. Very happy with this tire, they also outperform the OEM Pirelli P-Zero All Seasons that came with the car, which were H-rated and very unstable at high speeds. I highly recommended this tire, it was the most affordable for the original VW GTi's 18" wheels , and as a bonus it performs great in the dry, far better than any All-season tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43
 
 

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Wake Forest, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2013

I've driven these tires on dry and wet pavement, and they handle both pretty well. No snow driving yet. There is more roll when cornering aggressively than the original Dunlops, but it's predictable. My only complaint is they make a whining noise on certain road surfaces under acceleration.