Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tire Review - Michelin Pilot Sport


Cars tested with these tires:
- Mazda MX5 Mk2 1.6i.

Tests performed:
- I went through 1 set's of these.

Dry grip:
- Good dry grip. Not brilliant, not bad.

Wet grip:
- Bad wet grip. I was constantly drifting on roundabouts.

Aquaplaning resistance:
- Poor. Don't drive in the pouring rain.

Progressiveness:
- Good in the dry... hell in the wet. The let go in dry is progressive and gives good warning. However in the wet it just let's go and never recovers.

Integrity maintenance:
- Didn't get that far since summer ended and the car became undriveable.

Compound:
- It's a rubber compound that needs weight AND warming before abusing.

Longevity:
- Didn't get that far since summer ended and the car became undriveable.

Coherence:
- The tires side-walls are good. The tire can go through hard bends keeping the contact patch all the way through.
- Felt like a tire for heavier cars. Probably would hold better if it had 2 tones on top of it. So it's hard to say if it would still be coherent.

Balance:
-  Not a single balance problem. The tires came from factory so can't say how initial balance was.

Load Behaviour:
- Felt like a tire for heavy cars. The mx5 sure isn't a heavy car so I'll assume I didn't test this part right.