Michelin Pilot Super Sport Review

Michelin Pilot Super Sport

This is a review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. We have researched tests from tire experts and compared the Pilot Super Sport to several similar tires from competing brands and Michelin, including the 4 S and PZero. User reviews were also taken into consideration.

Don’t have time to read everything? Here’s a quick summary of our review as well as pros & cons listed.

Conclusion:

Our research concluded that the Michelin Pilot Super Sport rates highest in dry performance and is a tremendous all-around performance tire but lags in several critical factors compared to the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S. 

While the Michelin Pilot Super Sport still ranks highest in dry performance at top speeds, the 4 S has better wet performance, similar handling at low speeds, and better cold and warm grip. The PZero falls behind or ties the Super Sport in several categories but has better wet performance. 

Overall, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport still ranks highest in sheer dry performance at top speeds while retaining good tread life, making this a good tire for people who want both performance and everyday tires.

Pros

  • Best performance tire in its class
  • Decent tread life
  • Scores high in all categories for a performance tire
  • Cheapest of the compared tires

Cons

  • Not the best performance in wet
  • Tires don't grip the best until hot

We will now cover how we came to these conclusions, closely compare the Michelin Pilot Super Sport with similar tires in its class, and cover its performance and handling in more detail.

Read on if you want to learn more about how the Michelin Pilot Super Sport ranks compared to other tires, including their prices.

Overview

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport was designed with pure performance in mind. The Super Sport improves over its predecessor, the Michelin Pilot Sport 2, in both performance and tread life, making this tire suitable for street use with the occasional on-track performance and handling and remains the best in summer max performance. User reviews and tests all agree that the Super Sport is the premier performance tire on the market today.

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport is a high-end summer performance tire for performance cars like BMWs, Ferraris, or Porsches. It was designed with long-distance performance in mind, so improves upon the durability of its predecessor and remains one of the most durable performance tires on the market. It’s for car-lovers who want a good performance tire they can use on tracks, while retaining street usability.

While this tire’s price is reasonable for it’s high-end nature, those who want a budget performance tire best look elsewhere.

If you are more concerned about performance in the wet or lower temperatures, this is not the tire for you. The Michelin Pilot Super Sport is a summer performance tire, and does not do well in inclement weather.

Performance

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport leaves nothing to be desired in dry performance, while its wet performance lacks.

Wet Performance

This is where the Michelin Pilot Super Sports lags behind its competitors. While the Super Sports still delivers outstanding wet performance, the Pirelli PZero edges it out. According to user reviews, the Super Sport does better when it’s really wet rather than just damp, so the performance may vary depending on the weather. According to TireRack.com, the 4 S also delivers better wet performance than the Super Sports, with better braking distance, handling, and grip.

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport still has excellent wet performance compared to its predecessor and other summer performance tires.

Something to keep in mind is that this is wet handling in summer performance tires, so their grip and performance in the wet won’t compare to all-season tires.

Dry Performance

This is where the Super Sport shines. It has consistently outperformed tires in not only its own class but against the 4 S and Pilot Sport 4 as well. It’s unmatched when it comes to feedback and handling on dry pavement. What it lacks in wet and lower temperature performance goes that extra mile here. This tire was made for you if you are looking to push the limits on a hot summer day.

It scores better in handling, feedback, and road feel against other tires, making this tire the best dry performance. If you want a sheer dry performance tire, this is for you. In the same test, however, it was edged out in braking distance by the Pirelli PZero.

Handling

The handling depends on the condition of the roads. Driving in dry, warm weather, you get great feedback and feel from these tires. However, you get less feedback in the wet and cold conditions. User reviews on Tyrereviews.com tell that those living in damp, cool areas prefer other performance tires to this one. It’s still rated relatively high in both of these categories in the wet. However, it falls short of the 4 S and PZero tires, making these a fair-weather tire best suited for warm, dry areas.

Noise and Comfort

The Super Sports are a performance tire, and while they perform highly for both of these categories, other tires surpass it, such as the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3, the highest-rated of high-performance tires, in comfort and noise, although it lags in other areas.

Durability

These tires took a massive leap in durability in their generation. The Super Sport has a six-year, 30,000-mile warranty. Its leap in durability makes it viable as a high-performance street tire.

Compared to similar tires, even the 4 S and PZero don’t compete. User reviews state that the 4 S wears faster than the Super Sport, and the PZero offers no such guarantees and warranties with their tires, making these some of the most durable summer performance tires on the market.

Price

The Michelin Super Sport tires are on par with the rest of their class. While the exact pricing may differ between sizes, it matches up surprisingly well, compared on discounttire.com. They are certainly cheaper than PZeros and about the same as the 4 S. The tires average around 300 dollars, which isn’t bad considering their performance. If price is a significant factor for you, you may want to go with one of the underperformers instead.

Recommendations & Conclusions

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport is the tire you want for pure performance while still suitable for street driving. It scores high in all categories and makes for a great summer performance tire.

If you face damp, cool conditions often, this isn’t the performance tire for you, but if you don’t, you may want to consider it for your performance cars like BMWs or Ferraris.

If you want better wet performance, you may want to go with Pirelli PZero or the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S. If noise and comfort are your biggest pet peeves, but you still want performance tires, you may want to look at Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3.

Considering its best-in-class status, the Super Sports are reasonably priced; however, if you are still unsure, you can look at some of the underperformers to see if the prices are worth the trade-off in performance.

Conclusion

The Michelin Pilot Super Sports are for pure performance in dry conditions. And while they deliver that performance while having outstanding durability, they are outperformed in wet conditions by the Pirelli PZero and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S.

If you are looking for the best performing summer street tire and live in a warm, dry area, these are for you. If you are not this person, look elsewhere for your high-performance tires.