The Pilot Sport A/S 3+ (Plus) includes an H- and V-speed rated High Performance All-Season tire member of Michelin’s Pilot family of low profile, high-speed tires developed for the drivers of high-end sports cars, sporty coupes and sedans looking for total performance. The Pilot Sport A/S 3+ tire is designed to provide Michelin’s highest level of all-season performance, emphasizing dry road handling and wet road grip with balanced all-season traction for occasional light snow.
Compared to the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 it replaces, the new Pilot Sport A/S 3+ shares the same performance-oriented tread pattern, featuring a new, advanced Helio+ tread compound for increased light-snow traction.
Pilot Sport A/S 3+ tires feature Michelin’s Helio+ Technology, which utilizes sunflower oil and Extreme Silica Technology in the tread compound to increase traction at low temperatures and on wet roads. Molded into an aggressive asymmetric tread pattern inspired by the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, its 4-, 5- or 6-rib designs* are tuned to complement tire width and feature more rubber and rigid blocks on their outboard shoulders to provide high levels of lateral grip that offer as much dry cornering capability as some competitors’ summer performance tires. Wide circumferential grooves help resist hydroplaning, enhancing wet traction and grip in standing water.
Variable Contact Patch 3.0 technology derived from Michelin’s experience in endurance racing focuses on evenly spreading contact patch pressures and temperatures. The tire’s internal structure includes two high-tensile, lightweight steel cord belts reinforced with spirally wrapped polyamide cord to combine predictable handling and high-speed durability with treadwear and ride comfort.
|Max. Inflation Pressure||Tread Depth||Tire Weight||Rim Width Range||Meas. Rim Width||Sect. Width||Tread Width||Overall Diam.||Revs. Per Mile|
|500 AA A||1,102 lbs||50 psi||10.5/32"||20 lbs||7-8"||7.5"||8.3"||7.6"||23.5"||887|
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Bought these tires in May 2017 for the car listed in this review. I live in Northeast Tennessee in a moderate mountain region and temperate climate. So finding balance between good handling with wet and light snow traction on hilly roads is problematic at best. The unfortunate thing about 30-45 day tire trials is you will rarely get the chance to experience all weather conditions in that time.So my review for this tire: Outstanding dry handling characteristics and dry braking. it is a Michelin so rarely felt out of balance and I had replaced my struts and shocks before buy these tires, so there wear is even and aligned properly. Dry cornering is awesome and steering is quick and responsive road imperfections are noticeable but rarely transferred to the suspension. Overall Excellent.Wet traction- Well it gets a little interesting here. I have done a lot of interstate driving in the rain at 70mph+. The first 10,000 miles no real issues in wet/rain. Braking is great and traction is adequate. After that however, On the interstate feels like the back end wants to step out and does not feel as sure footed. Currently still good braking and traction at speeds under 60 mph.Snow traction- the winter of 2017-2018 did not provide ample snow to analyze. it was a dry winter. got a dusting which was fine. Well just a month ago we got 8 inches of snow. i needed help getting out of my paring spot at my apartment. has no traction in heavy snow, and you have to be very careful in light snow you keep the tires from spinning and braking in snow is great…good luck going again.In my final summary Michelin tried to make a summer tire and tread pattern and use an all season compound and call it an all-season tire. Great if you live in the Sun belt but if you get any Snow, you’re screwed. I am currently at 5/32″ tread depth. I will be replacing in late fall, and for my applications and where I live I will be looking for a different tire.
Way to much highway noise. (humming and droning) Seem to harsh even on small bumps.
These tires —- in snow
On a wet surface they’re very good but on snow and ice are pretty bad. Definitely these tires are not good for the Canadian winter. I’m a professional driver for 25 years and it’s difficult for me to hold the car on snow and ice at more then 100 km/h. X-ice are perfect for the winter and for non professional drivers – my opinion.
I had Yokohama AVID ENVigors on the Miata previously and I cannot overestimate how much better the Pilots are in the wet. I had never driven a light rear wheel drive car previously so I thought the skittishness in the rain was just baked into the package. Now it feels like I am almost driving in the dry and it’s very difficult to spin the rear tires and get the back end out even when I’m trying.They are also very good in the dry and steering and braking response is above average for the class of tire. The tires seem to be wearing quite well although I only have limited amount of miles on them so we will see down the road. Can’t comment on snow as I use dedicated winter tires and the Miata is tucked away for the winter. I did go for the 3+ over the older 3 for their supposed better snow traction just in case I’m caught out in a late/early season storm.
Had this on my GTI for over 30K miles, 70/30 highway/local driving. This set of tires exceeded all of my expectations in dry, wet, and light snow on the east coast. I had actually bought a set of dedicated winter wheels/tires and actually NEVER used it because the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ was so good in typical light/mid snow conditions with salt/ice slush. Your car’s only connection to the ground are its 4 tires, why go cheap when your life depends on how well your tires work? The only gripe, if any, is the tires are a bit noisy relative to grand touring all season tires like the MXM4.