Michelin Pilot Sport 4 review

Our former test winner was close to repeating its previous success this time round

Last time we tested the Pilot Sport 4 it won our 16-inch test. In 2018 the 17-inch version has to settle for a very close joint second. In this size it couldn’t repeat the string of podium finishes, although it was close to the leaders when it did drop out of the top three.

As it’s more of a replacement for the Super Sport than the Sport 3, it was no surprise to see it happiest in the dry. It was quickest around the new handling track, revelling in the fast changes of direction at the end of the lap. It might not feel as sharp as the Continental, but it’s close and a step above most rivals.

The Michelin gave confidence-inspiring grip through the fast sweeps and the tighter turns; something few of its rivals could. It backed that dry performance in braking, where it was third and less than a metre behind the winner.

In the wet it was less assured, with grip dropping away as lock increased after good initial turn-in. A little under two seconds separated the Pilot Sport 4 from the winning Continental, but it was in the thick of the five-way midfield battle that was covered by two tenths of a second.

Braking saw an improvement; it was just 30cm behind the winner. As we saw last time, it isn’t the quietest tyre and was well down the list. Fuel economy is no longer a Michelin priority as indicated by its C label rating and its result here.

Blackcircles.com says…

“A high-scoring tyre among our customers, the Michelin has had positive reviews, where traction, handling and longevity are praised.”

FiguresMichelin Pilot Sport 4Price£93.72=2ndDry handling100%=1stDry braking98.40%3rdWet handling97.70%=6thWet braking99.20%3rdWet cornering98.00%4thStraight aquaplaning100%1stCurved aquaplaning95.30%3rdRolling resistance79.40%7thCabin noise95.40%9th Previous: =2. Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 Next: 4. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3

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