Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

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Vehicle: 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Miles Driven on Tires: 4,000
Location: Dallas, TX
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Initial Review: 4,000 miles on tires
December 18, 2012

My daily commute is about 40 miles, all highway, in Dallas, Texas. I am also a HPDE instructor for about nine weekends a year. These tires replaced Bridgestone RE-11s after about 20,000 miles of highway and frequent track use. The RE-11s replaced the OEM Bridgestones (7,000 miles). The Michelins are my daily driver and track rain tire. I occasionally use them for dry track days if I am unable to transport my track tires to the venue. I'm impressed by the tires' exceptionally low weight compared to the RE-11, Advan Neova AD08, and Star Spec. I also appreciate their excellent combination of dry/wet handling. On the track in dry weather (TWS and MSR-Cresson) they do not overheat, and they are very progressive and predictable. They do not feel greasy when hot, like the RE-11. In the wet they are exceptional. MSR-Cresson is like ICE on the old 1.7 mile section, and on the wet line these tires maintained grip better by far than did the RE-11s. After re-aliginging my car for negative camber of 1.7 all around, max. postive caster, total front toe out of 1/16, and total rear toe in of 1/16, I found these tires to have excellent turn-in grip, and they held very well at the limit in mid-corner with no excessive slipping during mild oversteer. On rotation corners with trail braking I again found them very predictable with a good combination of slip and grip. I would definitely buy these tires again. What sold me on them was the August 2012 Car & Driver article comparing these tires to my other favorites and seeing their overall superior rating. I can now say that I completely concur with the results of the testing, as the article states.

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