Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)
Follow-Up Review: 4,000 miles on tires
Well, that first snow must have had a layer of ice under it. I've since been out in some deeper stuff (we've got plenty this year) and the car has been OK. They're not as good in snow as the Conti DWS I had on my previous A6, but I'm getting through this horrid winter OK on these Michelins. I won't need to buy new tires as I had feared after my first winter weather drive. <br><br>In every other condition, these tires stick amazingly well. They feel great in dry, wet, and cold/wet conditions. They turn in the dry like serious summer tires. I'm going to be a little conservative with them because I think wear might be extreme if I push regularly. <br><br>I took a trip to Indy with them. MPG was down a bit from the summer tires…same trip, same car, same speeds, same times of day in about the same weather. -3mpg or so. <br><br>I noticed a kind of strange straight-line behavior at highway speed above 65mph or so.. The steering feels like the tires are running in a slight groove. It feels like tram-lining, but there's nothing on the road to cause it. After 200 miles of interstate driving, it became a bit annoying. <br><br>(Follow Up with more miles) I'm still noticing this…tram-lining problem at speed in a straight line. <br><br>There is some light tire noise at 45mph or so. Comfort is pretty good for a UHP tire. I'm getting more happy with them. This is an enthusiast tire. It makes my car more fun, if a bit more challenging in snow.
Initial Review: 2,000 miles on tires
If you live in an area where snow isn't a big issue, these are great handling A/S tires. I'm a bit disappointed in winter traction, however. Tread design or compound, not sure which, really doesn't like snow very much. I also think mpg dropped by 3 from the Eagle F1 summer tires that came on this car. If you don't care about that, live where snow is rare and want full dry weather performance in an A/S tire, this is it. Even with AWD and the best ABS system made, my A6 might need a tire change this winter. They were a little scary in the first snow of the season, which wasn't very bad.