Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 Plus Review

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 Plus Review: The Michelin Pilot Sports A/S 3+ is yet another addition to an ever-growing list of impressive all-season tires in the market. This tire is built for owners who drive sports cars, coupes, and sedans who are looking for a tire with great performance both on wet, dry, and snow surfaces.

michelin pilot sport a s 3 plus review

Michelin Pilot Sport A S 3 Plus Review

This is the latest addition to Michelin’s Pilot collection. Given that its predecessors were great, this is even better in terms of offering its user great performance and improved and precise handling.

It is engineered to give its owner confidence when heading out into any weather. Plus, it is durable.

Many all-season tires were struggling to offer tires that have a balanced performance in all seasons. Most of them tried to meet the standards of dry and wet surfaces but failed short at attaining the needed standards in light snow surfaces. The ones who tried to improve their tire’s performance in light snow ended up compromising their tire’s performance on either dry or wet surfaces.

The question then emerged, can a company improve its tire’s performance on light snow without compromising its performance on either dry or wet surfaces? That was the question that Michelin sought to answer with the production of the Pilot Sport A/S 3+ which sought to bridge the gap in the performance of all-season tires on light wintry roads without compromising the tire’s performance on wet and dry roads surfaces as well as offer the driver with the needed comfort and great tire treadlife.

Summery Michelin Pilot Sports A/S 3+ Features 

The Pilot Sport A/S 3+ is a high-end tire that delivers excellent dry and wet traction as well as giving the driver confidence while driving on light snow. The Michelin company used its sophisticated Helio+ Technology to accomplish the goals of making the Pilot Sports A/S 3+ one of the best all-season tires in the market. The Extreme Silica Technology tread compound with sunflower oil is part of that technology, and it improves grip in colder conditions and on wet roads. This is the technology that Michelin engineered on the tire to ensure that they achieved maximum light snow performance.

Its 4-, 5-, or 6-rib designs are adjusted to complement tire width and contain additional rubber and solid blocks on their outboard shoulders to provide high levels of lateral grip and dry cornering performance, as inspired by the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

Michelin’s Variable Contact Patch 3.0 technology lowers heat distortion and works in conjunction with the tread design to improve cornering grip and responsiveness across the speed spectrum. This is a significant advantage for the AS 3 Plus. If you’re a daring driver, you’ll appreciate the handling and grip this tire offers.

The Variable Contact Patch 3.0 technology was borrowed from Michelin’s endurable track tires. Wouldn’t you love to drive a tire whose technology was used to manufacture Formula 1 tires as well? This technology ensures that the tire has the endurance of high speed or daring driving while maintaining its durability.

In addition, Michelin developed two technologies for the interior of the Pilot Sports A/S 3+. It has two high-tensile lightweight steel cables with spirally wrapped polyamide cord reinforcement for more predictable handling, high-speed capability, and better riding comfort.

The lateral grip of this tire, and thus it’s cornering, is incredible. Because of the strong blocks on the outboard shoulders, this is the case.

The Pilot Sport A/S 3 Plus has multiple wide circumferential grooves whose roles are to channel water away from the tread, increasing wet traction, and preventing hydroplaning.

One of the advantages of the Michelin Pilot Sports A/S 3 plus tires is that they are reinforced internally with steel belts. The belts are wrapped with a polyester cord. In addition to reinforcing the tire, these belts improve the driving pleasure. These belts extend the life of the tire while providing a smooth and comfortable ride for the driver.

Michelin offers different tire sizes based on the tire’s diameter. They range from 16 inches to 22 inches diameters.

Because it is a performance tire, the warranty is limited to 45,000 miles.

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Michelin Pilot Sport A S 3 plus review All-Season capabilities.

As discussed earlier, The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 Plus is an all-season tire that aims to maintain the industry’s standard dry and wet surface performance while improving its light snow performance.

It is designed with different technologies to ensure that the tire gives its owner an all-year-long great performance, confidence, and longevity.

Now, let s discuss what makes the Michelin Pilot Sports A/S 3 Plus Suitable for different road surfaces.

How is Michelin Pilot Sports A/S 3 Plus Performance on Dry Surface? 

As far as the dry surface performance is concerned, the Pilot Sports A/S 3 Plus has been proven to perform exceptionally well.

The tire has a high level of communication with whoever is handling the car. It communicates in case any of the tires lose their traction or grip on the surface. Traction and handling are great. The braking is shorter. The tire brakes easily when commanded, so even at a higher speed.

How is Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 Plus Performance on Wet and slippery surfaces? 

As expected, Michelin Pilot A/S 3 Plus performs exceptionally well on wet surfaces. On wet surfaces, the tire exhibits great response when commanded and its handling is amazing. The cornering is balanced and smooth. There is no trouble when braking as well, this is because of its very short and impressive braking distance.

The Pilot Sport A/S 3 Plus has multiple wide circumferential grooves whose roles are to channel water away from the tread, increasing wet traction, and preventing hydroplaning.

How is Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 Plus performance on light snow and wintry surfaces? 

The Pilot Sports A/S 3 plus was engineered specifically to improve the performance of all-season tires on light snow without compromising its performance on wet and dry surfaces. Compared to its predecessor, the Pilot Sports A/S 3, Michelin claimed that it improved the Pilot Sports A/S 3 plus with a margin of 28% on its performance on light snow and wintry surfaces.

The Pilot Sport A/S 3+ tire pattern is designed with an enhanced Helio+ tread compound for improved light-snow traction. Helio+ Technology in the tread increases traction at low temperatures by combining sunflower oil and Extreme Silica Technology in the tread compound.

In light snow, longitudinal traction is excellent, and the tire also handles well in the corners. For the class, the stopping distances are also rather good.

Note that, all-season tires are specialized winter tires, the two should not be substituted whatsoever. This is because all-season tires are not engineered with the right technology to attract the needed traction and handling of the tires on deep snows.

Michelin Pilot Sports A/S 3+ Durability and Warranty

This is a sporty car that s designed to be driven comfortably at high highway speeds. That makes its treadlife shorter than the normal all-season tires, especially if the owner is a daring rider.

Still, the Pilot A/S  3+ is durable, especially because its tread is infused with silica compounds that make it strong to withstand tear for a long time. As mentioned above, the Michelin Pilot Sports A/S 3 plus tires are reinforced internally with steel belts. The belts are wrapped with a polyester cord. In addition to reinforcing the tire, these belts improve the driving pleasure. These belts extend the life of the tire

The Variable Contact Patch 3.0 technology was borrowed from Michelin’s endurable track tires. This technology ensures that the tire has the endurance of high speed or daring driving while maintaining its durability.

For a sports performance tire, the Pilot A/S  plus offers one great treadlife. Michelins offer the owner a warranty of 45 0000 miles.

Comfort, Noise, and Stability

What a rider gets from these tires is comfortable. The tires are easy to handle and to command. Given they are sporty tires, it is inevitable that one will experience some level of noise, especially when one is driving the car at high speed.

The tires are very stable on any surface. You should not worry about that.

Is the Pilot Sports A/S 3 Plus made for off-road driving?

No. This tire is not built for prolonged off-road driving. The tread is not engineered to achieve enough traction needed to maneuver through such terrains. The thread is not thick enough to withstand strong pricks and press from rough surfaces. Therefore, using it off-road for a long time might result in its destruction.

The Pilot Sports A/S 3 Plus Sizes

The pilot Sports A/S is made for all sedans, sports cars, and sports coupes, and others. It covers the diameter sizes from 16 inches to 22 inches, with a whooping 90 different sizes. The following are the sizes that this tire fits;

16 inches:

225/50ZR16 92Y BSW

205/55ZR16 91Y BSW

17 inches

245/40ZR17 91Y BSW, 255/40ZR17 94Y BSW, 205/45ZR17 84W BSW, 215/45ZR17/XL 91W BSW, 225/45ZR17/XL 94Y BSW, 235/45ZR17/XL 97Y BSW, 245/45ZR17/XL 99Y BSW, 205/50ZR17/XL 93Y BSW, 215/50ZR17/XL 95W BSW, 225/50ZR17 94W BSW, 235/50ZR17 96Y BSW, 235/55ZR17 99W BSW

18 inches

245/35ZR18/XL 92Y BSW, 255/35ZR18/XL 94Y BSW, 265/35ZR18/XL 97Y BSW, 275/35ZR18 95Y BSW, 285/35ZR18 97Y BSW, 205/40ZR18/XL 86W BSW, 215/40ZR18 85Y BSW, 225/40ZR18/XL 92Y BSW, 235/40ZR18/XL 95Y BSW, 245/40ZR18/XL 97Y BSW, 255/40ZR18 95Y BSW, 275/40ZR18 99Y BSW, 285/40ZR18 101Y BSW, 215/45ZR18/XL 93Y BSW, 225/45ZR18/XL 95Y BSW, 245/45ZR18/XL 100Y BSW, 255/45ZR18 99Y BSW, 225/50ZR18 95W BSW, 235/50ZR18 97Y BSW

19 inches

275/30ZR19/XL 96Y BSW, 285/30ZR19/XL 98Y BSW, 225/35ZR19/XL 88Y BSW, 245/35ZR19/XL 93Y BSW, 255/35ZR19/XL 96Y BSW, 265/35ZR19/XL 98Y BSW, 275/35ZR19 96Y BSW, 285/35ZR19/XL 103Y BSW, 225/40ZR19/XL 93Y BSW, 245/40ZR19/XL 98Y BSW, 255/40ZR19/XL 100Y BSW, 265/40ZR19 98W BSW, 275/40ZR19 101Y BSW, 285/40ZR19 103Y BSW, 225/45ZR19/XL 96Y BSW, 245/45ZR19 98Y BSW, 255/45ZR19 100Y BSW, 245/50ZR19/XL 105W BSW

20 inches

285/30ZR20/XL 99Y BSW, 255/35ZR20/XL 97Y BSW, 275/35ZR20/XL 102Y BSW, 285/35ZR20 100W BSW, 245/45ZR20/XL 103Y BSW, 255/45ZR20 101Y BSW

Conclusion

This is one of the best all-season tires with a balanced performance in all seasons. Michelin ensured that they bridged the gap that existed in the tires’ predecessor in terms of its performance on light snow. They are easily the best tires in the market when you want to engage in high-speed and daring drives.