Nicolas Goubert, brand category manager, Michelin North America talks about Michelin Pilot Sport AS Plus with a 45,000-mile warranty
Michelin has brought a new tire out – the Pilot Sport AS Plus – for high-performance cars that have a 45,000-mile warranty. I drove the tires, back to back – the same car, once the car had Michelins’, the next time the car had Bridgestones. I drove at the same speed around the circular track in both tires and yet the cornering, sticking and time was better in the Michelins.
Michelin used a tri-fusion compound, bonded together on the tread face to increase driving performance in wet grip, dry grip, and tread life while keeping the safety of the previous high-performance tire.
The red grip on the outside is for all-weather, the middle is created with a silica compound for the wet grip, the white is for snow (get it, snow white). Combine all this with the directional tread pattern that throws off the water, and this is the best high-performance tire, says Michelin.
Okay, up front you manly man – and the Danica Patrick’s of the world – the warranty doesn’t apply if you are racing or on a track.
These tires are mixable, only in pairs, only when you put Pilot Plus on the rear axle.
“The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus tire provides everything a driving enthusiast needs in a tire,” said Nicolas Goubert, brand category manager, Michelin North America. “The improvements made on the new Pilot Sport A/S Plus tire allows for greater performance in dry and wet conditions, while still maintaining its capabilities in the snow.”
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S ZP’s major competitors are Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position and Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season. Tirerack.com rates Bridgestone as better than Michelin, and Goodyear is fifth on the list.
The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus tire is especially designed for vehicles such as the C5 Corvette, Cadillac CTS, BMW S3, Lexus IS330, Mercedes C class and other high-performance vehicles.
In the high-performance ranking on tirerack.com Michelin came in first with their Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S, followed by Bridgestone Potenza G 009.
But as Andy at the Roseville Costco tire section said, “Michelin has more awards from more groups than the other two put together”.
The tires will be launched between September 1, 2008, and March 2009 with more retail stores to buy them in. Prices vary according to size.