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Old 02-11-2002, 02:20 PM   #1
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I've seen a TV Car Magazine show that reviewed this new tire and have read a few articles on it. According to the review and the manufacturer, it has the grip of a "good" summer tire, the wet weather traction of a good rain tire and it lasts a long time.

Anyone heard anything about it?

My local tire supplier said that they'll get it in around mid March.

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Old 02-11-2002, 02:45 PM   #2
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I was researching this not too long ago. The regular Pilot Sports have a treadwear rating of 220 I think, and the Pilot "All-Season's" have a rating of 400. If you're looking for a great tire to use all year round, I'm sure the Pilot A/Ss are gonna be great. As for a summer tire, I'm gonna go with the regular Pilot Sports.
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Old 02-11-2002, 03:00 PM   #3
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All I have noticed is the price. I believe the Pilot A/S has to be the most expensive tire ever sold.

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Old 02-12-2002, 11:11 AM   #4
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From all the reviews that I have seen, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S is the best All-season tires that money can buy - assuming price is no-object.

Very good treadwear rating, excellent grip in pretty much all conditions, and a load rating that is higher than all of its competitors in a comparable size. It has superb construction and should be bullet-proof in pretty much all driving conditions. Also, its speed rating is higher than every single one of its cheaper competitors, which puts a lot of buffer speed capacity into the tire, even if you don't use it. But it is pricey !!!

Unfortunately, the tire is not available in 215/45R17 size, which is what I am looking for. The regular Michelin Pilot Sport is available in this size but it is a summer-only tire, which does not interest me. It is available in the 225/45R17 size but Subaru has not recommended this size for the WRX, even though a lot of other people have been equipping their cars with this size. Why has Subaru not recommended the 225s ???? Does it rub with a full load under certain conditions, which the folks equipped with the 225s have not encountered yet ?

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Old 06-24-2004, 02:40 AM   #5
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...old thread, but I thought I'd put my 2 cents in on the A/S's anyway.

I've got about 6k miles on them and they're pretty good. Where they absolutely excel is mixed ice/snow/slush/blacktop driving- what a blast! I don't buy the marketing hype about truly do-everything. While their rain performance is also excellent- no hydroplaning til 85+ and great grip, their dry performance is lacking. I think it was comparable to the sad RE92's, maybe a bit inferior. They're also squeling louder in the corners now when I push them. I've heard some complain that the sidewalls are weak- I would say neutral, definitely stiffer than the RE92's, but not track performance. I'll be testing them in the dirt this weekend too...

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