What every best Tires has:
- A good tread warranty:
- Good pavement performance.
- Good grip.
Track favorite. Car and Driver names the Michelin Pilot Super Sport the best maximum-performance tire in its review, saying it has "the best balance of wet and dry performance we've ever experienced in testing." On the track, pro driver Woody Rogers with Hot Rod magazine says the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is "awesome at the front turn-in and under straight-line braking and acceleration." Owners agree, giving it tap marks for cornering stability, dry traction and steering response.
Comfortable for its class. According to TireRack.com, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport's ride is better than comparable tires from Bridgestone, Goodyear and Toyo, though the Michelin lets "through a little more edge to the sharper and larger impacts." The one aspect the editors would change is a small improvement in ride comfort. The Pilot Super Sport demonstrates "less finesse and feedback" than a similar tire from Continental, says Car and Driver. Editors at TireRack.com describe tread and road noise as moderate, but owner reviews at the same site say Michelin's ride comfort is the best in the maximum performance class.
Excellent life span and warranty. High-performance tires are constructed out of softer materials to maximize grip, though this also leads to shorter life spans. The Michelin Pilot Super Sport stands out as one of the longer-lasting performance tires, with many owners getting 30,000 miles or more on one set. Michelin covers the Pilot Super Sport with a six-year, 30,000-mile tread warranty. Reviewers disagree on how fuel efficient these tires are. Two separate reviews by TireRack.com say the rolling resistance on the Pilot Super Sport is the lowest to maximize fuel efficiency, but a test from a leading consumer organization says rolling resistance is only average.
As part of their extensive tests on passenger tires, ConsumerReports.org evaluates a number of ultra-high-performance summer tires, including the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. The editors score each tire on a series of handling, performance and comfort factors.
Race car driver Randy Pobst uses a Ford Mustang to test out three sets of tires: the car's OE tires, along with Pirelli Nero All-Season, Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The maximum-performance Pilot Super Sport has the most grip, with handling and performance that Pobst calls impressive.
The Michelin Pilot Super Sport places fifth (out of seven) in its lap times, with editors saying its steering takes a little more work and patience. On straight sections of the track, the test driver says acceleration and braking are outstanding.
Editors test nine maximum-performance tires for this test, searching for a set with the ultimate grip. They name the Michelin Pilot Super Sport as the best, above the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08. Its wet and dry handling is especially outstanding, they note. Though this is an older review, the conclusions are still relevant and the tested tires are still popular and available.
Editors test the Michelin Pilot Super Sport alongside three other sets of maximum-performance tires -- Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position, Dunlop Sport Maxx RT and Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105. With high scores for handling, low tread noise and overall traction, the Michelin takes first place in the Max Performance Summer category.
The Michelin Pilot Super Sport earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 in more than 1,100 customer reviews. It's also the top-rated Max Performance Summer tire in this roundup of consumer feedback. It earns Superior scores for hydroplaning resistance, wet and dry traction, stability and steering response; Excellent scores for ride quality, noise and treadwear.
Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires are tested over hundreds of hours and "about 8,000 miles" on several different models of BMW cars to see how they handled on different roads and tracks, as well as suspensions and power outputs. The resulting overall score was 9.6 out of 10. The author notes that, like all summer tires, the Super Sport is not intended to be driven in freezing conditions.
For its maximum-performance summer tire test, TireRack.com puts four different models through an extensive evaluation. The Michelin Pilot Super Sport ranks first overall, followed by the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position, Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 and Toyo Proxes 1.