With summertime about halfway over and fall bearing down on all of us, the thought of taking the summer tires off of your beloved ride in favor of all-season rubber that just doesn’t perform the same is depressing. With exception to us southern-state dwellers, you need a set of tires that can handle the rain, snow and ice that the winter, fall and spring present us, and most summer tires simply can’t handle the elements. Well, Michelin has an all-new all-season tire that packs summer tire-like stickiness with an all-season design and features: the Pilot A/S 3.
This all-new Pilot Sport tire uses a special blend of silica to help enhance the "sticky" feeling of the tire and a tread design that helps jettison water from under your car’s footprint. The combination of water channeling and extra silica really helps the tire bite down on the road. Additionally, variable-thickness sipes on the outer section of the tread help break up the tension in the water and then lock together to create maximum rubber contact to the asphalt.
When it comes to tires, you cannot base purchasing decisions on sheer performance, unless you have tons of money to blow. You also have to consider how long the manufacture guarantees the tire will last. Most summer tires don’t include a mileage warranty and most all-season tires with any sort of warranty are too hard to perform well. Michelin obviously found a nice balance with the Pilot A/S 3,as these shoes come with a 45,000-mile warranty.
A truly unique feature on the A/S 3 that surprises even me - a seasoned expert in the tire industry - is Michelin’s Helio Compound, which helps the rubber retain its soft and sticky properties in cold temperatures. This is a frequent complaint of all-season tire users, as it can take seemingly forever for your tires to get up to temperature on a cold day. Not only does this increase cold-weather grip, but it also increases comfort in cold weather.
You can snag up these tires now between the sizes of 175/65R15 and 285/35R20, which covers cars ranging from the Fiat 500 to the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG . Once we get our hands on a set of them, we will let you know just how well they do, so stay tuned!
Click past the jump to see detailed videos on these all-new tires and the crazy tests they underwent.
Michelin Pilot A/S 3 Overview
Snow and Ice Handling
Pilot A/S 3 Design
Pilot A/S 3 vs The Competition
Professional Drivers’ Points of View
What Professional Drivers Want From a Tire
Pilot A/S 3 vs. Competitors’ Summer Tires
Pilot A/S 3 vs. Competition in Wet Conditions
THE MICHELIN PILOT SPORT A/S 3 TIRE NOW AVAILABLE
Exhilarating high performance in all seasons
GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 1, 2013) /PRNewswire/ — Today, the all-new MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport A/S 3 tire hits the market in time for the summer driving season. The latest tire in the Michelin ultra-high performance portfolio uses a unique tread design and additional innovative Michelin technologies to provide very high levels of both dry and wet grip for enhanced confidence and control in a variety of weather conditions.
“We set a new standard for performance with the introduction of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tire,” said Steve Calder, ultra-high performance category manager for Michelin North America. “And now we have taken the knowledge gained during the development of that tire and paired it with our latest technologies to design a tire capable of providing an incredibly exhilarating drive while maintaining the performance characteristics needed for all seasons.”
The technology engineered into the MICHELIN Pilot Sport A/S 3 tire allows for:
- More dry grip than competitive max performance summer tires(1).
- Shortest wet and dry braking of leading competitors in the ultra-high performance all-season category.(2)
- Cold weather mobility for true all-season performance.
“The MICHELIN Pilot Sport A/S 3 tire has taken a technology leap forward and is continuing the legacy of the Michelin Pilot family of tires,” added Calder.
The MICHELIN Pilot Sport A/S 3 tire is now available in a wide range of replacement tire fitments, from a Fiat 500 to a Mercedes SL or from 175/65R15 to 285/35R20. The MICHELIN Pilot Sport A/S 3 tire is designed, engineered and manufactured in North America and comes with a 45,000 mile warranty.
For detailed information, visit the Team Michelin Tire Selector to find a complete listing of MICHELIN Pilot Sport A/S 3 features and benefits.
Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America employs more than 22,000 and operates 18 major manufacturing plants in 16 locations.
1) Based on internal dry autocross testing versus the Continental ExtremeContact DW and Pirelli Pzero Nero tire size 225/45ZR17.
2) Based on internal braking tests from 50 mph versus the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric A/S, Bridgestone RE970AS Pole Position, Pirelli Pzero Nero A/S, Continental ExtremeContact DWS, Dunlop SP Sport Signature, and Yokohama ADVAN S.4. tire size 225/45ZR17.