Michelin Pilot Sport 4 launched in Malaysia, 23 sizes, priced from RM481



After teasing on their website for the past week, Michelin Malaysia has just introduced the replacement to their high performance Pilot Sport 3 (PS3) tyre, the Pilot Sport 4 (PS4). For those who have tried and tested the PS3, you will know that the PS4 has big shoes to fill.

Let’s dive straight into the technical aspects of the brand new PS4. The PS4 is engineered and developed with the aim to satisfy consumers who have a burning passion towards driving and a strong concern towards safety in both dry and wet surfaces. To further improve the already excellent PS3, Michelin engineers compiled the knowledge and experience they have in motorsports and ultra-high performance (UHP) tyres and applied them on the road-biased PS4.2016 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 Launch

Firstly, the new thread pattern on the PS4 is inspired by Michelin’s Formula E tyres. When placed side by side, one can hardly tell the difference between the two, claims Michelin. This gives the PS4 a very similar thread pattern to racing tyres that provide superb handling in the dry and wet.

Unlike in Formula One where the teams utilise unique sets of tyres specifically for either wet or dry conditions, Formula E employs one specific pattern for both conditions. Therefore, Michelin as Formula E’s official tyre supplier developed a unique pattern that is able to handle the immense instant torque from Formula E’s racing cars yet provide superb performance in the dry and wet.2016 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 Launch

As a result, the PS4, which closely resembles the Formula E racing tyres boasts 10 percent greater positive profile that gives more contact between the rubbers and the road surface as well as a more rigid thread that maintains a more consistent contact patch during high speed manoeuvres as compared to the outgoing PS3.

The trickled down technology does not stop there. The new PS4 is now made with an additional tyre carcass layer dubbed the Hybrid Aramid-nylon belt. First used in Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tyres, the hybrid compound combines the two materials to produce a robust yet lightweight belt to withstand centrifugal force and maintain contact patch at extreme speeds. This in return ensures a high level of traction and precise handling on the road.2016 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 Launch

To further enhance the tyres’ performance in the wet, Michelin has added a new-generation functional elastomers and silica hydrophobic into the tyre compound. These compounds work on a molecular level that repels water upon contact, allowing for the drainage system to begin even before the tyre grooves do their work.

Lastly, as seen in Michelin’s Pilot Sport 4 S and other high performance tyres from the company, the PS4 gets Michelin Premium Touch Technology® treatment at the sidewalls. This technology gives a velvet-like finish to the tyre writing and acts as a cushion for the rim when it comes into contact with a kerb.2016 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 Launch

Unlike the PS3 which starts from 15-inch, the PS4 range starts from 16-inch all the way up to 19-inch in diameter. In total, Michelin Malaysia has 23 different sizes made available for the PS4, with retail prices starting from RM481. The tyres are produced in Thailand while some specific sizes are imported from Europe.

AVAILABLE SIZES

SectionRim Size (inch)Load IndexSpeed Rating
205/501691W
205/551694W
215/551798W
205/501793W
245/451799Y
245/401795Y
225/451794Y
215/451791Y
205/451788W
225/501798Y
215/501795W
235/451797Y
235/451898Y
235/401895Y
275/351899Y
225/401892Y
245/401897Y
265/351897Y
245/4518100Y
255/401899Y
255/351894Y
225/451895W
245/401998Y

For Thailand made tyres, Michelin explained that the compound is slightly harder than its European twin. This is due to the difference in manufacturing process but assures that both are identical in quality and performance. Besides that, Thai imported products have a “ST” marking to indicate that it is manufactured for the South East Asian market.

Still not convinced that this is the tyre for you? Stay tuned for our full review of the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4!


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14 COMMENTS

    • hmm.. Im using Conti actually, but also wont cost me so high yet its quality is consider not much problem, the major problem i face is the noise of tire when running on high speed only, no idea about why Michelin so expensive..

      • yeahhh! i’m also use continental cc6 for my HRV and already 1 year and still counting… i never heard a noisy came from the tire.. michelin i think got their own trademark and their own loyal customer, bcoz michelin quite well known from their ads.. so no wonder its expensive..

        • hmm at first, i thought continental are more expensive than michelin but when i survey at lazada, michelin got a higher price than continental… so, i think most of us will afford to buy and use continental.. because lazada got discount and free install hahahahaha

          • i felt that conti is actually difficult to compare with some of other premium brand , especially i dont feel the comfort and softness of tire .. its difficult to explain that kind of feeling on the tire but just not good as other

          • disagreed with u! maybe continental model not suitable with ur car so u have to identify first… i’m using continental uc6 and its not the same like what u’re describe right now… if u choose the right continental model for ur car, u will feel comfort and smoothness…

          • hmm.. so what car of tyre suitable for conti then ? or i would like to ask in this way, what brand of tyre suitable for my Almera.. hmmm?

          • There is no best tyre in the world. Just get the tyre that suitable to your ride… To me, Continental serve me right with the decent performance and the reasonable price. Michelin is good too, but the price gap is huge different. I don’t think I need that expensive tyre.

    • Hey Alex, I can totally relate to your sentiments. However, you need to understand the amount of R&D that brands invested into developing a superior tyre hence the hefty price they are charging. Besides, the last thing you would want to do is to stinge on the one thing that is keeping your car planted to the tarmac (yikes).

      On the other hand, you don’t always have to pay recommended retail price as major tyre dealers/shops usually get bulk discounts from the manufacturers which the savings are then transferred to the consumers. Try surveying different tyre dealers – in and out of town – and you might just find yourself a decent saving for a high performance tyre like the Michelin PS4!

      Hope this helps, cheers!

      • thx adrian, i realize that some of michelin tire which can find a good price which not diffrent much from conti, why not for chosing michelin for its quality and also only little diffrent in price range~

      • thanks adrian! its really helpful… for me, michelin expensive than other brand but got same quality or maybe better… i’m using michelin before but not so good in perfomance and now i’m using continental cc6 its quite a big differences….

  1. Rite now i’m really2 dizzy which tires brand that i want to use but my friend said and they recommend me to continental… yes i know continental tire got high performance and good quality ever! but its too costy rite??

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