Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup+ / N-Spec

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Vehicle: 2011 Porsche 911 GT3
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,350
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Driving Condition: Track/Autocross
Driving Style: Spirited
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup+ / N-Spec
Follow-Up Review: 2,500 miles on tires
August 27, 2011
Well, after only 6 trackdays and to/from track driving, the Cups are heat-cycled out. I drove a 7th time and the tire took a long time to heat up (32/36psi) and until then was pretty squirmy. I still have quite a bit of tread left (lots of it in the front) but unfortunately my front's alignment went out along the way and have worn the outside much more than the inside due to not enough negative camber.<br><br>I have been debating to switch to the SuperSports but they're no match -if you don't drive in rain, which I don't- so I'm stuck with the Cups. Them being so expensive ($2500 once you're done with mounting/balancing/TPMS, dealing with centerlock etc.), I'll limit my track driving now to one set a year. What I don't get is why 18 tires cost a third less than 19. Probably because Michelin can...and maybe they want me to convert to their new SuperSports.<br><br>So in summary, the Cups are very, very good tires (on a GT3) for a very SHORT period of time but a overpriced in my opinion.
Initial Review: 1,350 miles on tires
May 19, 2011

I've been to the track three times now and these tires are simply insane :-). They are wearing quite well and evenly. This is a track car only but is driven to and from the track. Some posters complained about that the tires give no warning before the give out. Well, mine are singing all the time and then I back off so no problem. They are, however, extremely pressure sensitive. The Michelin website says to keep the pressure below 36 but above 32 (hot)! I tried it at Thunderhill the other day and 36 seems to be the sweet spot. When I had 34, they felt sloppy (I like crisp turn-ins) and when they shot up to 39 in one session (temp went from 80 to 95F in half an hour!) they seemed to loose traction. Don't know how many miles I'm going to get out of this tire, maybe 5000 but I think this tire is the best short of Hoosier's IF you don't have to deal with rain. And I don't care since I don't drive in the rain. Hey, I live in California :-)

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