Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

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Vehicle: 2008 MINI Cooper S Hardtop
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,000
Location: WARWICK, RI
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)
Follow-Up Review: 8,500 miles on tires
October 11, 2014
My glowing review from 6 months ago still stands. The A/S 3's are the most expensive all-season tires you can buy. Well you get what you pay for here. It was 100% worth the extra cost. After almost 9,000 miles of very spirited driving, on a lowered suspension no less, treadwear is excellent. The front tires are slightly more worn than the rears, as expected. Front tires I'd say are at 90% treadwear left. The rear tires look BRAND NEW STILL (95%). All wear is even with no abnormalities. <br> Turn-in is still perfect and cornering stability and grip is still sublime. Driving in the wet is a non issue as these grip as if the road was nearly dry. High-speed stability (100 mph+) is excellent and confidence inspiring. Despite being an all-season tire I plan on swapping these with dedicated snow tires come December. The fact that these handle like Max Performance summer rubber gives me pause. There is no way they'll combat deep snow without issues. I purchased these in March and driven them in temperatures in the single digits and teens. They were GREAT but the roads were dry. Come spring the A/S 3's will be back!! The only tire I would consider replacing these with would be the Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires. That's it!
Initial Review: 1,000 miles on tires
March 22, 2014

Decided to replace my 50% used Continental Extreme Contact DWS tires with a set of these A/S 3's, along with new wheels. I upgraded from the OEM size 205/50/ZR 16 to a set of 205/45/ZR 17's on Sparco Tarmacs. Both the Continentals and the Michelins were W speed rated. While I understand upgrading to larger wheels with smaller aspect ratio tires improves handling, I only reduced the aspect ration by 5%. I say that because the difference between the Continental's and the Michelin's is night and day.

2 weeks prior I upgraded my suspension with the H&R Touring Cup Kit. While it was a significant upgrade over stock, I felt it was still missing something. There was still some roll in hard corners and the steering was a tad mushy. I simply couldn't believe the difference as soon as I bolted up the new wheels with the Michelin A/S 3's! The Conti's have a very soft sidewall that makes the suspension feel mushier than it needs to be. Turn in on the Michelins is simply outstanding. Crisp and precise. Prodigious grip in corners and very predictable at the limit. High speed stability is light years ahead of the Continentals, which were excellent in there own right. Ride quality is actually a tad better than the DWS's as well. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a truly no compromise all-season tire.

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