Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP Review

Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP is an Ultra High Performance Summer tire designed to fit crossovers, high performance cars, passenger cars and sport utility vehicles, currently available in 8 tire sizes, with the lowest price starting from $313.39.

Ultra high performance summer tires are designed for agile handling on dry and wet roads with good ride quality and decent tread life. These low profile tires are not intended to be driven in snow or on ice. Ultra high performance summer tires provide responsive handling and crisp steering response in both wet and dry conditions.

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP

Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP is a run-flat tire originally developed for C7 Chevrolet Corvette. In addition to offering temporary extended mobility, Pilot Super Sport ZP tires also deliver world-class traction and handling in dry and wet conditions. Like all summer tires, they are not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice. All versions of the Pilot Super Sport ZP employ an asymmetric tread design that features a low-void outboard shoulder for cornering while their notched center ribs and inboard shoulder promote high-speed performance in dry conditions. Wide circumferential grooves and lateral notches help channel water through the footprint to maintain wet traction. Sizes for the standard C7 Corvette use a single tread rubber compound that blends dry traction, wet traction and treadlife; while the sizes for Z51-equipped and Z06 models feature side-by-side tread compounds. Different from the standard Pilot Super Sport tread compounds, one is designed and manufactured in the United States specifically for the C7 Corvette, and the other is made for racing applications by the same people and equipment that produce the compounds in Michelin´s Le Mans-wining race tires. The two combine to deliver near-racing-slick dry grip and handling levels, without abandoning tread life and wet handling. Tires for all three models feature twin steel belts reinforced by spirally wound Twaron cord. The angles at which the steel belts are molded into each version have been tuned to balance performance and comfort. The steel belt angles used for the standard C7 emphasize ride and treadlife, while the angles used for the Z51 and Z06 tires focus on increasing performance and at-the-limit handling. Twaron is a polyamide cord that offers a lightweight, high-strength reinforcement above the steel belts to enhance high-speed handling, wear and durability. It is applied using Michelin FAZ Technology (Filament At Zero degrees) that allows Michelin engineers to tune tension and strength by winding the cord around the tire circumference much the same way fishing line is wound onto a fishing reel. Michelin Zero Pressure Technology reinforces sidewalls by adding run-flat inserts that allow tires to temporarily carry the weight of the vehicle in the event a puncture results in complete loss of tire pressure. The Pilot Super Sport ZP is designed to allow Corvette drivers to continue their journey for up to 50 miles at up to 50 mph. All three versions of the tires feature asymmetric run-flat inserts and casing components designed to broaden tire performances by focusing distinct functions on the appropriate sidewall. Inboard sidewalls feature a more rigid insert that increases sidewall stability to provide the majority of run-flat capability, as well as to transfer torque during acceleration, braking and cornering. Outboard sidewalls feature a softer insert that increases sidewall flexibility to maintain footprint size when cornering, as well as to enhance ride quality and tread life.

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP Vehicle Fitment

Below is a list of popular vehicles can be fit with one or more Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP tire sizes based on OEM fitment.

  • Audi A5
  • Audi A5 Quattro
  • Audi A8 Quattro
  • Audi RS6 Avant
  • Audi RS7 Sportback
  • Audi S8
  • Bentley Continental
  • Bentley Flying Spur
  • BMW X3
  • BMW X4
  • Cadillac CTS
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Fisker Karma
  • Karma GS-6
  • Karma Revero
  • Lexus GS350
  • Lexus GS430
  • Lexus GS450h
  • Lexus GS460
  • Lexus LC500
  • Lexus LC500h
  • Lexus SC430
  • Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 43
  • Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 53
  • Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 63
  • Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 63 S
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Volvo V90 Cross Country
  • Volvo XC40