Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

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Vehicle: 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Miles Driven on Tires: 700
Location: Charleston, wv
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Initial Review: 700 miles on tires
July 05, 2012

Pilot Supersport (245/40/17)is awesome in dry, but haven't driven in rain yet. Drove 500 miles combined city/hwy daily driving, then took the 2005 Evo to MidOhio Sports Car course for an open lapping evening session. Temperature was 96 during day and about 88 that evening. The tires felt a little squishy on the sidewall, but I they may have been under inflated for track use (34 psi cold all around, 43 front, 41.5 rear after a 20 minute session). Forgetting the sidewalls felt a little soft, everything else about these tires is awesome. They gripped extremely well for a street tire, and I never felt I had to back off or was going to oversteer, understeer or break lose. After a 20 minute session and within a minute or two of pulling off track, the tires felt sticky to the touch, not race compound sticky, but stickier than a street tire. I was pleasantly surprised, only had the Kumho XS come close to that kind of dry performance, and it is a 180 treadwear tire against this 300 treadwear tire! Previously ran the PE2 240 treadwear rating and they were great dry and wet daily driving aggressively, but never put them on the track. If these Pilot SS are just as good in the wet, then they beat the PE2 as the best street tire for high performance dry and wet (they Kumho XS was mediocre in the rain, great in the dry). The car is 100% stock motor, body, suspension, with -1.9 degrees camber in front and -1 degree in back (most negative camber possible with stock struts and strut bolts), zero toe all around.

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