If you do not remember it, last week we traveled to Vitoria to meet the factory that there own Michelin, which this year celebrates its 50 anniversary. It produces tires for passenger cars, vans and civil engineering, being one of the most important plants for the French tire company. There, the Michelin guys we talked about its new tyre for sports and saloon cars high performance, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S.
This new tire comes to replace the well-known Michelin Pilot Super Sport that, although it is not a very old product, the company has decided to renew for this new rubber, as we will see below, exceeds the benefits in grip of competition, as well as improving comfort and silence of rolling being the most durable of the category, or that tell us from the brand.
Michelin boasts that its new Pilot Sport 4 S has an excellent grip both in dry and in wet, something that is not very common in high-performance covers. According to the manufacturer, this model features a two-component technology, using a material that favors adhesion in dry, while in the central part of the same compound improves performance on wet surfaces in the outer tread areas.
According to tests carried out by the independent TÜV Süd in Germany, the Pilot Sport 4 S needs 33,66 meters to stop a vehicle that travels at 100 km/h on dry asphalt, being the best of the category. Its most direct competition needs 83 cm, while the third used 1.48 metres more.
By performing the same test but above surface wet and 80 km/h to 0 km/h, the new Michelin rubber used 27.73 meters of track, also being the best of the category, but respect the difference to second highest is only 10 cm. Thus, gets the European classification in the labelling with regard to braking in wet soil is concerned.
This pneumatic high performance sports has already been approved to fit to the Ferrari GTC4Lusso with 20-inch wheels; Although it is expected to reach firms performance models such as Porsche, Mercedes – AMG and BMW M.
Despite the fact that it is not yet possible to know its selling price, you will reach the market at the beginning of 2017 in 40 dimensions different to 19 and 20-inch wheels. A pity that last week we could not test it and verify it.