Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 Review & Rating
- Excellent dry and wet traction
- Cornering grip and stability
- Tread life
- Winter handling
Released in the summer of 2013, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 is a high performance tire designed for high-end sports cars, sedans, sport SUV’s, coupes and crossovers.
The AS3 utilizes a range of technology to create a well-balanced and high performance tire which is meant to be comfortable in all weather conditions and on all types of road surfaces. Is this really the case? We wanted to see how the new offering from Michelin did against our testing criteria.
The Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires use a combination of extreme silica technology and sunflower oil in the tread compound to create strong traction and grip. We were really impressed with how they gripped in both wet and dry road conditions and the Variable Contact Patch 2.0 tread design means that they are among the best tires around.
Wet braking is short and you will be hard pressed to find a better tire for the price when it comes to traction performance.
Cornering – Steering
Like the traction we have nothing bad to say when it comes to cornering and steering. Their outer shoulders come with added rubber and more rigid tread blocks provide superior cornering performance even under aggressive driving conditions. Steering is nothing short of perfect and well balanced with great response times.
We would struggle to recommend another all-season tire that could compete against the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 when it comes to purely cornering grip.
So many tires claim to be all-season, however what we have found is that they don’t hold up to this assertion when faced with light snow. Many all-season tires skid and slip in even just a couple of inches of snow, so we are always wary when new tires market their winter handling capabilities.
The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires actually perform OK in snow conditions. A lot of this is down to the extreme silica technology and sunflower oil tread compound that we mentioned above. While they are not a snow tire by any means in truly poor conditions, there is no reason why they can’t be used for short journey’s in a couple of inches of snow.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
We found that these tires are among the most comfortable around. They feature two polyamide reinforced steel cord belts that aide in durability and also with shock and vibration absorbing. Basically the tires make driving extremely comfortable particularly on long haul rides or on less than smooth road surfaces.
Road noise is OK if nothing special. While with most high performance tires you learn to expect a bit of added noise there is nothing with this tire that suggests the noise is excessive or unwarranted. They are both quiet and comfortable and this is a fantastic addition to their already admirable features list.
So you will have to spend a few extra bucks to get the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires, however, is it worth it in terms of their tread life? Why pay a lot of money for some high performance tires if they might only last you 15,000 miles?
The steel cords that we talked about above do add to the durability of the tires and we expect that you should see around 40,000 miles out of them. While the warranty is a bit higher than this, their high performance nature means that this benchmark is a good indicator of how long they will last.
The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires come with a 45,000 mile warranty and this includes 6 years of workmanship and materials. This is actually an excellent mileage warranty for a tire like this.