What to Buy When the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is Backordered

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport is an outstanding tire. It combines top-tier wet and dry traction with responsive handling, making it a benchmark in the Max Performance Summer category. Unfortunately, it has been out of stock in many sizes this summer. So what do you do if the Super Sport has an indefinite backorder in your size? It depends on why you wanted the Super Sport in the first place. There are several options available that can provide you with what you're looking for while the Super Sport is not available. Take a look at the following options to help you decide on what tire works best for your driving needs.

Best Wet Traction

Take a look at the Continental ExtremeContact DW. This tire rides smoothly, has outstanding traction in wet weather and is good in the dry as well.

Best Dry Traction and Sporty Handling

Check out options from the Extreme Performance Summer category. These tires are made for the hardcore enthusiast, and combine ultimate dry traction, excellent steering response, adequate wet traction and some track and autocross capability.

Well-Rounded Tire

The Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position is a capable competitor to the Super Sport, and is very attractively priced this year. Also, Yokohama's ADVAN Sport V105 has exceptional grip and handling that's probably the closest equivalent to the Super Sport. They are not in stock in all sizes, but can often be special ordered. The Pirelli P Zero Nero GT also scored well in our testing last summer by providing better lap times on a dry track than the S-04 Pole Position, though slightly behind in the wet.

The Pilot Super Sport is a great tire, and it is hard to replace. But with proper focus on exactly what you want, it is often possible to find an option that is equally good or even better for a particular mission.

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