Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

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Vehicle: 2005 Mazda MAZDA6 s Sedan
Miles Driven on Tires: 3,000
Location: null, null
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Follow-Up Review: 15,000 miles on tires
January 28, 2015
Had to store these under non-controlled conditions - STORE IN A CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT - the tire seemed to suffer after being stored during an especially cold winter, seeming noisier and needed some heat cycling to reclaim grip. But grip and confidence in dry and wet were not diminished, this is still a fantastic tire. Briefly ran them at higher pressures (34 cold), but did not like the ride concession - stock pressures ride nicely and they still have good response. Seems to be a tire that likes getting balanced every 10-15,000 miles. On running in cooler (<50F) weather, they start off not-so-grippy, but warm up in about 5 miles (basically my distance to the highway, and about the point where the engine/transmission is fully warmed) and feel confident as they do in warm weather after that point. Cannot wait to banish my Blizzaks back to their shed once the snow breaks!
Initial Review: 3,000 miles on tires
March 26, 2014

Wow. Fantastic. Expectations met and then some. I upgrade from Hankook Ventus V12's and even though these tires are in the same class, the PSS is a revelation. The PSS were a little noisier than I thought they'd be when I first got them, but the noise is of a different quality, lower frequency but not boomy, so it is not an issue. Compared to the V12's, the PSS feel like suction cups going down the road; my car has never felt this planted before. I first put them on the day before I went down to Tail of the Dragon, so they were immediately pushed to their limits. At the limit, they do not squeal; the V12's squealed quite a bit even when they had grip in reserve. Grip was noticeably increased in all situations. I even ran them in a torrential downpour the 4th day I had them; never felt a loss of grip once in heavy rain. Even the reduction in feedback from the wheel during the rain was noticeably less than the loss of feel for the Ventus V12's. These tires are multi-talented wonders. They ride more comfortably, although that could be related to running slightly lower pressures than I ran on my V12's.

The only gripes I have is that for my particular setup, steering response seems dulled. I am going to try slightly higher tire pressures this summer to see if that can remedy that without reducing ride quality or the incredibly planted feel they gave. Also, grip is noticeably less, although still very progressive, when the temperatures head south. Compared to the V12's, grip falls off quicker below 50 degrees. A shame because Michigan can bounce between 30 degree mornings and 60 degree days in the spring and fall. But overall, these are excellent tires I would recommend to anyone wanting to run a summer tire, regardless of price, which is also not bad for a Michelin. This feels like a pinnacle product, I can't wait to see where they go next!

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