The Pilot Sport is Michelin's Max Performance Summer tire developed for the drivers of exotic sports cars and ultra high performance coupes and sedans. The Pilot Sport is designed to extend vehicle capabilities in the wet, while providing progressive handling, exceptional feedback and refined road manners on dry roads. The Pilot Sport is not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.
The Pilot Sport molds Michelin's Advanced Technology tread compound into one of two designs. While all Pilot Sport tires feature a continuous circumferential center rib flanked by directional tread patterns, tires in sizes of up to 265 millimeters of section width feature a "V"-shaped pattern, while tires of 275 millimeters of section width and wider feature a "W"-shaped tread pattern. The continuous center rib sharpens steering response and provides communicative road feel while the swept back lateral grooves efficiently evacuate water from under the contact patch to resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction while reducing tire noise on dry roads. The tire's structure includes two belts made of high-tensile, lightweight steel cords which are further reinforced by size-optimized, spirally wrapped nylon cord utilizing BAZ (Banded At Zero) Technology to improve quick steering response and resist distortion while they enhance ride quality and high-speed durability. Ultra-reinforced sidewalls promote powerful cornering, while Michelin's cable beads help maintain the ideal shape of a running tire for better tire/wheel uniformity.