Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

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Vehicle: 2009 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG
Miles Driven on Tires: 500
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Initial Review: 500 miles on tires
September 13, 2012

The S65 AMG comes from the factory with Pirelli P Zero tires. I have previous experience with these tires and have found them to be expensive, noisy as they wear, and a quick replacement item getting 10k-15k miles of mostly spirited in-town driving. At replacement time, it was clear to me that I was going to try something different. On my BMW 7-series, I switched to the P Zero Nero (all-season version) opting for higher treadwear and better road manners and found that to be a superior tire all around than the P Zero. For the S65, managing 700+ ft.lbs of torque and 600+ hp is a challenge so I decided to stay in the max Summer performance family of tires as this car struggles with traction. Having had good experience with Michelins on other cars and reading favorable reviews of the new Super Sports, I purchased a full set and was eager to experience these on the street. The Super Sports are phenomenal tires and have exceeded my high expectations. Although I only have approximately 500 miles on them, they provide much more wet and dry traction than the P Zeros, are quieter/smoother (to be expected probably with any new tire) and actually cost less. I think the performance is a reflection of the benefits of new tire design and chemistry compared to older P Zero design. The tread pattern seems quite conventional but this compound sticks. I highly recommend these tires.

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