Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Tire Review & Rating

Michelin has engineered the Pilot Sport Cup for serious sports car drivers who are looking for the highest track performance while also having a tire that meets DOT street legal requirements.

The race-inspired tread compound is optimized for on-track performance. It utilizes a dual side by side compound and asymmetric tread pattern that delivers maximum dry and wet traction at all speeds.

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Tire Review

The tire’s outside shoulder rib increases cornering grip and provides lightening quick steering response. Once these tires heat up they provide glue-like grip in the corners, which is something that is also mentioned in countless driver reviews and ratings on this model.

Inside the tire you will find two steel belts that are reinforced with Michelin’s exclusive Banded At Zero technology. This increases braking and acceleration capabilities, while also enhancing cornering performance. Sizes range from 18-20 inches, and a run-flat version is also available.


  • Outstanding dry traction
  • Cornering grip is exceptional
  • Consistent track performance
  • Ride comfort is good


  • Not the best for wet traction but that is expected

Overall Thoughts

Driving on the Sport Cup can be an exhilarating experience to say the least. Once they heat up a bit, dry traction and cornering grip is simply outstanding. While not a full-out race tire, the performance is both consistent and very high, and you’ll get much more tread life from it as well.

Street performance is pretty good on this tire. Wet traction is decent, but you’ll want to slow down and take it a bit easier for obvious reasons.

Overall, while we like the Nitto NT 555R II Extreme and Pirelli P Zero Corsa System as best in class, the Sport Cup is a very good choice in street/track tires as well.

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What Vehicles Will The Sport Cup Fit?

(This is not a complete list of ALL vehicles this tire will fit)

  • Audi S4, RS6
  • BMW M3, Z4, 330ci
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Dodge Viper
  • Ferrari Enzo
  • Ford Focus ZX5
  • Honda Civic, S2000
  • Mazda 3
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK55, C55
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
  • Nissan 350Z, 300ZX
  • Porsche 911, Cayman S, Boxster, 944
  • Saab 9-2, 9-3
  • Subaru Impreza WRX
  • Volkswagen GTi, Golf R32

Tire Sizes


285/30ZR18 93Y BSW
295/30ZR18 94Y BSW
265/35ZR18 93Y BSW
225/40ZR18 88Y BSW
235/40ZR18 91Y BSW


P285/30ZR19 LL 87Y BSW
265/30ZR19 89Y BSW
305/30ZR19 XL 102Y BSW
305/30ZR19 XL 102Y BSW
325/30ZR19 101Y BSW
325/30ZR19 101Y BSW
325/30ZR19 101Y BSW
345/30ZR19 105Y BSW
235/35ZR19 87Y BSW
235/35ZR19 87Y BSW
245/35ZR19 89Y BSW
245/35ZR19 XL 93Y BSW
265/35ZR19 XL 98Y BSW


P335/25ZR20 LL 94Y BSW
245/30ZR20 XL 90Y BSW

Price Range

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup prices range from approximately $273 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Michelin provides a limited tread warranty on the Sport Cup. 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 1/32 inch of wear. A prorated amount is given for the remaining time period or down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

A 3-year flat tire changing guarantee is also provided, and there is a 30-day customer satisfaction guarantee as well.

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