The Pilot Sport A/S 3 from Michelin is their latest ultra-high
performance tire that was made available in July 2013. Built for drivers of high-end sports cars, coupes, sedans
and sport SUV's and crossovers, the A/S3 includes all of the newest tire technology available today.
New extreme silica technology and sunflower oil tread compound are molded into an
asymmetric tread with variable thickness sipes that are designed to provide a true high performance all-season
tire, including light snow.
This new Variable Contact Patch 2.0 tread design is claimed by Michelin to provide
more dry grip than leading maximum performance summer tires, which we feel is a true statement. It also shortens
wet and dry braking distances than those of other leading UHP all-season tires.
The tire's outer shoulders sport added rubber and more rigid tread blocks for
enhanced cornering and lateral grip, while wider circumferential grooves increase wet traction and channel away
water from under the tread for reduced hydroplane risks. 3-D sipes and the tire's biting edges in the tread grooves
add more grip in winter weather road conditions.
Inside the tire you'll find two steel cord belts that are polyamide reinforced for
added strength and durability, as well as increased handling and ride comfort. Michelin offers a massive array of
sizes ranging from 15-20 inches, and H, V, W and Y-speed ratings. Also included is a 45,000 mile tread
Dry and wet traction
Winter traction is good but this is not a snow tire
Michelin has done it again with this new Pilot Sport A/S 3. This is a great
looking tread design that is full of impressive high performance features. Dry and wet traction is among the best
we've seen in this class. Cornering grip is excellent throughout the speed range.
Ride quality is what you would expect from Michelin; smooth and comfortable
without a lot of excessive road noise. It's too soon to know how well this tire will perform winter conditions, but
we expect it will be above average for a UHP model.
Overall, if you are considering putting on a new set of high
performance all-season tires, or you are looking at replacing those worn out summer tires, we would
strongly recommend the new A/S 3. They are that good.
Here is another very good look at the AS3 on thecorvetteforum.com that
goes into good detail at what you can expect from this tire.
Michelin provides a 6-year or 45,000 mile tread warranty on the A/S 3. Mileage
portion is reduced by half if different size is used in rear than front. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for one-year
or the first 2/32 inch of wear.
Materials and workmanship are warranted for 6-years and include free replacement
during the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. A prorated amount is given for the remaining time period or down
to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth. Michelin also includes a 3-year flat tire changing service and a 30-day
customer satisfaction guarantee.