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 guarantee.
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
Here is another very good look at the AS3 on the corvetteforum.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
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.