Michelin Takes the Pilot Sport A/S Plus and Makes it Better With the Pilot Sport A/S 3

Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Have you been tempted by great test results and feedback of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, but need light snow traction, longer treadwear and more emphasis on lower tread noise? Sounds like you're looking for the Ultra High Performance All-Season version of the Pilot Super Sport -- the new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3.

Michelin's internal testing shows marked improvement in dry and wet grip compared to its predecessor, the Pilot Sport A/S Plus. We've just completed our comprehensive comparison testing of the tire and the consensus is the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 beat its three main rivals, the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position, Continental ExtremeContact DWS and Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetrical All-Season. 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?"

What about the tire's snow traction? Michelin engineers have added biting edges in the grooves to improve snow grip and used their Helio compound to keep the compound more malleable at cold temperatures. For most drivers, especially those with milder winters, the new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 is the optimal Ultra High Performance All-Season choice.

Michelin has gone from a directional (V-shaped) tread pattern in the Pilot Sport A/S Plus to a non-directional asymmetrical (bigger outside shoulder) tread design with the Pilot Sport A/S 3. Their engineers use a varying number of longitudinal grooves to create a tread design that will resist hydroplaning and allow for cross-rotation, leading to more even wear. 205 or narrower tires have four ribs (rows of tread blocks), 205-255 width tires have five ribs and 295-265 width tires have six ribs. In the photo below, you can see some examples of the tread design differences. Pictured from left to right are 195/55R16, 235/45R17 and 275/35R20.

Comments on Michelin Takes the Pilot Sport A/S Plus and Makes it Better With the Pilot Sport A/S 3

Thursday, September 26, 2013 by npaladin2000:
Yes, but how do they do in the snow?
Friday, September 27, 2013 by cy:
Michelin's internal testing has shown the tire to have the same snow proficiency as the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus. In our comparison test the Pilot Sport A/S Plus performed decently for your it's category, see:

http://blog.tirerack.com/blog/roll-on/lessons-learned-from-the-great-white-north-all-season-tire-snow-testing&affiliate=HK8

so based on Michelin's testing the Pilot Sport A/3 will offer decent snow grip for an Ultra High Performance All-Season tire. Is snow grip your most important parameter? If so either dedicated snow tires or the Continental ExtremeContact DWS may be a better choice for your priorities.

Thanks. Cy
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Mark:
Are the Pilot Sport A/S Plus tires still available? My car (with staggered sizes) has nearly new fronts, but the rears are gone. I'm not too happy about mixing tread design. What do you suggest?
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by cy:
Mark, we still have Pilot Sport A/S Plus tires in a few sizes, click on the Sizes tab here:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Pilot+Sport+A%2FS+Plus&affiliate=HK8

to see sizes still available. Ideally you'd want an exact match between fronts & rears. Thanks. Cy.

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