Michelin Malaysia recently gave allcarschannel.com a privilege to attend an International presentation of the newly-introduced Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S performance tyres in Indonesia. The new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyre is an ultra-high-performance tyre specially designed to present maximum, racer-like driving pleasure for sports car and premium sedan drivers. The new Pilot Sport 4 S replaces the current Pilot Super Sport range.

The latest Michelin performance-centric tyre is built with technology to improve performance and superior handling capability in its class, shorter braking distance in wet as well as dry road, and optmized durability for longer usage. Our correspondent Greg Yang was present at the track to partake in the Michelin Passion Days to try out the new Pilot Sport 4 S in several Mercedes-Benz cars. At the track event, invited media representatives had several opportunities to drive selected Mercedes cars, decked in Pilot Sport 4 S shods. The Pilot Sport 4 S proved itself with faster speed on dry road, yet able to maintain stability on wet roads and accurate responsive level, according to our correspondent (see pictures below).

Designed for sports cars and premium sedans, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S provides unparalleled driving pleasure, thanks to its exceptional steering precision and directional stability. It provides maximum performance and safety on all surfaces due to its optimized tread footprint which grips the road in all situations, even in the most extreme conditions.

Pascal Nouvellon, Michelin Regional Director, highlighted that, compared to the old Pilot Super Sport, the new Pilot Sport 4 S has faster dry grip (handling lap time), brakes shorter on dry pavement, brakes shorter on wet pavement, and lasts longer with on-road usage. “The new Pilot Sport 4 S is the result of a unique know-how developed by engineers passionate about their work that redefines the standards of the category. Adapted for driving at the highest levels on road and on track, it has already positioned itself as the best in its class,” Nouvellon echoed. “Michelin is involved in several motorsport disciplines worldwide, and uses this competitive environment as a laboratory for development of future tyre technologies, which are then used in the development of its production tyres. The confidential testing data that is collected during races on tyre technologies and new rubber compound formulas, enables Michelin’s engineers to continue to push the envelope of tyre performance.”

The new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S is crafted through a high-precision process, a unique know-how, and the perfect gesture of the company’s experts. It advances simultaneously several criteria on the same tyre, including high-level of Reactivity with ultra-reactive tread pattern design, excellent steering control with the ‘Dynamic Response’ technology, exceptional Dry Grip and improvement of Wet Braking with the bi-compound technology using a novel hybrid elastomer on the outer side for dry grip, and a new mix of compounds with specific ‘functional elastomers’ and silica on the inner side. The main tyre highlights include premium touch finish with velvet effect that creates a variety of black contrasts on the exterior sidewall, giving premium visual appearance and Deep-wheel protector to provide protection for all kinds of wheels.

The ultra-high-performance Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S is now available in the country at Michelin outlets and Tyreplus service centers. The tyre is recommended for wheel sizes of 19-inch and above, priced starting from RM1,100.