Michelin Pilot Sport 4S Tire Review & Rating

When you hear the excitement from the motor sports community over the new for 2017 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S UHP tire, you know there must be a very good reason. As the replacement tire for the widely popular Pilot Super Sport, this new Pilot Sport 4S promises to take ultra-high performance to a whole new level.

Michelin has taken many of the best features from the Super Sport and combined them with racing inspired Pilot Sport Cup 2 in creating a UHP tire that delivers precision steering, outstanding stability and exceptional grip on both dry or wet pavement.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S Tire Review

An asymmetric tread pattern and silica enhanced hybrid tread compound is designed to increase dry handling, while providing the type of wet braking and acceleration performance you would expect from an ultra-high performance tire. It should be noted that the compound was inspired by Michelin’s experience of driving at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Michelin’s Dynamic Response Technology gives the 4S added steering response and provides exceptional cornering grip and stability.

The Pilot Sport 4S is already being considered as an OE fitment on over 60 of the world’s highest performing vehicles around the world. That says just about everything you would want to know right there.

Michelin offers a range of sizes from 18-20 inches, and all sizes sport a Y-speed rating. A 30K mile limited tread warranty is also provided. Michelin is producing this new model in its Greeneville, SC plant, as well as in France.


  • Dry and wet traction are outstanding
  • Precise steering and exceptional cornering grip
  • Treadlife has shown to be better than expected


  • Nothing that stands out

Overall Thoughts

Attempting to improve on the older Pilot Super Sport was not going to be an easy task for Michelin’s engineers, but they came through with an amazing successor. In fact this tire may offer more handling and cornering performance than your vehicle is built for. Yes, it’s that good.

Overall, there’s not much to be said here. The Pilot Sport 4S is simply at the top of the class for ultra-high performance summer tires. If you’re looking for a tire that will complement and enhance the capabilities of your sports car or sedan, this Michelin tire will do just that. Highly recommended.

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What Vehicles Will The Michelin Pilot Sport 4S Fit?

Fits these vehicles and many others:

  • Acura TL, RL, RSX
  • Audi A6, A4, A8L, TT
  • BMW 135i, 545i, 550i, 750Li, M5, M3, 330i
  • Buick Regal, Lucerne
  • Chevrolet Corvette, Impala, Monte Carlo SS, Camaro, Cobalt, Cruze, Malibu
  • Chrysler 200
  • Dodge Charger, Avenger, Challenger
  • Ford Mustang GT, Fusion, Focus, Explorer, Contour
  • Honda Civic, CRZ
  • Hyundai Sonata, Veloster
  • Jaguar XKR, XK8
  • Lexus GS350, GS430, IS300, LS460L
  • Lincoln LS
  • Mazda3, RX-8, Miata
  • Mercedes-Benz E550, SL55, SL500, SLK320, CLK430
  • Mercury Milan
  • Nissan 370Z, Maxima
  • Pontiac GTO, G8, G6, Grand Prix, Trans Am
  • Scion tC
  • Subaru Legacy, Outback, Impreza, BRZ
  • Volkswagen Jetta, CC Sport, Passat, GTi

Tire Sizes


245/40ZR18 (97Y) BLK


225/35ZR19 (88Y) BLK
225/40ZR19 (93Y) BLK
225/45ZR19 (96Y) BLK
235/35ZR19 (91Y) BLK
235/40ZR19 (96Y) BLK
245/35ZR19 (93Y) BLK
245/40ZR19 (98Y) BLK
255/30ZR19 (91Y) BLK
255/35ZR19 (96Y) BLK
265/30ZR19 (93Y) BLK
265/35ZR19 (98Y) BLK
275/30ZR19 (96Y) BLK
275/35ZR19 (100Y) BLK
285/35ZR19 (103Y) BLK
295/30ZR19 (100Y) BLK
305/30ZR19 (102Y) BLK
325/30ZR19 (105Y) BLK


235/35ZR20 (92Y) BLK
235/45ZR20 (100Y) BLK
245/30ZR20 (90Y) BLK
245/35ZR20 (95Y) BLK
245/40ZR20 (99Y) BLK
255/35ZR20 (97Y) BLK
255/40ZR20 (101Y) BLK
255/45ZR20 (105Y) BLK
265/30ZR20 (94Y) BLK
265/35ZR20 (95Y) BLK
275/30ZR20 (97Y) BLK
275/35ZR20 (102Y) BLK
285/30ZR20 (99Y) BLK
285/35ZR20 (104Y) BLK
295/30ZR20 (101Y) BLK
305/30ZR20 (103Y) BLK
345/30ZR20 (106Y) BLK

Price Range

Michelin Pilot Sport 4S prices range from approximately $199 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Michelin provides a 6-year or 30,000 mile tread warranty on the Pilot Sport 4S. Mileage is reduced by half if different sizes are used on front than on rear. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for the first year or 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.

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14 thoughts on “Michelin Pilot Sport 4S Tire Review & Rating

  1. I have OEM Michelin Run Flats Sport Cup 4S on my Corvette C8. Regular driving these are fine. They are DANGEROUS for track use though. These tires are UNSAFE and have batch defects in my opinion and people should be informed before someone gets hurt. I followed Chevrolet’s track prep guide for the car (that says this tire can be sued on track). I have been on tracks for 15 years and have never had tires delaminate like these and fall apart after 1 session of a track day. I called Michelin and there customer service tech said it wasn’t a defect or covered. He pretty much said it was my fault and never even made the time to look at the images I had. Michelin did not stand behind their product. I will NEVER buy a Michelin tire again. Sad.

  2. Slapped these on my 2010 BMW 328i convertible. Wow what a difference to the Continental run-flat OEM’s. I am blessed to be living in an area with sweeping curves. mountain roads, varying radius turns. It makes you truly experience the added traction. Had several oh sh* moments of approaching a corner too fast but the tires handled it without breaking a sweat. These tires will give you more traction and precise control than anything out there. Tracks perfectly center on highways. Amazing tires.

    1. Now at 37,294 miles on our 2019 Audi RS 3, with the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S finally going on the Audi.
      The existing Michelin A/S3+ 245/40/18 have served us well with 26,852 miles of fast back road drives completed. The Pilot Sport $s 245/40/18 will go on this week, to continue our weekly country back road runs.

  3. Installed Pilot Sport 4S replacing 245/40/18 A/S3+ on our 2019 RS 3, now at 2.5mm tread depth. Have run 22,637 miles on fast country back roads at speed, with a total of 31,440 miles. The 4S tires have better grip in fast corners with little or no tread noise in the process. Appear to be very good tires and will report more as mileage builds.

  4. 2019 Audi RS 3. About to replace Michelin A/S3+ 245/40/18 with Michelin 245/40/18 as the A/S3+ has been discontinued. Current mileage is 30,444 with 21,920 miles being fast country back roads runs. If anybody is interested or if this web page is actually still in use, I’ll be happy to comment further about our weekly fast back road tire performance.

  5. Replaced our previous Michelin A/S3+ 245/40/18 on our 2019 Audi RS 3 at 29,688 miles with 21,361 miles being fast country back road at speed, run during week days only mid day when few other are on these country back roads. Will comment on these new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S 245/40/18 ties after we’ve spent some time with them. Using 245/40/18 to enable survival on these back roads we run which have enough poor surface issues to have killed the Audi’s original 235/30/19 Pirelli’s with 3 days of back road use!

  6. bought 4 for my Audi S5 ..what a smooth ride and making turns feels like you are on a air ride ..awesome , took it to 145 mph …great feel …………..

  7. I just got a set of these on my 370Z sport coupe to replace the Bridgestone Potenza S007 that is the OEM tire for this car. I’m running 245/40R19 on the front with 275/35R19 on the rear with 36 psi in all tires. My alignment and suspension are stock, except for a set of Hotchkis sway bars on the front and rear.

    What I’ve noticed is that the Michelin’s sidewalls are softer than the Potenza’s with the steeriing feel being looser. The noise and harshness of the Michelins are lower. Both tires did well in the rain but the Michelin probably has higher wet-handling limits. The Potenzas seem better planted on the road when I did fast slalom-like lane changes on the highwayat high speed. Overall, for the kind of performance Iike in a car like mine the Bridgestones are the better choice.

  8. I have Pirelli P-Zero 235/35 ZR19 and want to switch to Michelin Pilot sport tires, but they do not offer that size tires. What size would work best and offer few troubles?

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