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Alec
04-18-2015, 08:57 AM
I had a set of Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3 in 205/40/17 installed on my stock Abarth 17" wheels last week. These are my impressions so far.

I am very pleased! My Pirellis had about 12000 miles on them and were almost down to the wear bars. They had become noisier over time and wet traction was beginning to suffer as the tread wore down. I don't have any complaints regarding dry traction, but they had a tendency to hydroplane on occasion (even with plenty of tread).

First, I have to say that there are a few compromises going to the Michelin All-Seasons. Dry traction when pushing hard is slightly reduced. Also, turn in on hard cornering is not quite as precise. I expected these trade offs and am not disappointed in these findings.

The pluses: Quieter and more comfortable than the Pirellis. They absorb impacts better and do not "tramline" over road grooves like the Pirellis did. Wet traction is phenomenal. In the last week, we have had about half dry and half wet weather, including some severe thunderstorms. The Michelins have not hydroplaned once and are very predictable. I said above that there is some slight compromise to dry traction and hard turn-in. These are minimal and are well worth the benefits.

If you track your car often, these are probably not the tires for you. If your 500 stays on the street, you have poor roads in your area, and it rains significantly, you should look into these tires. Hopefully they last more than 12000 miles as well.

I hope this review helps someone out; thanks for reading!

Dwaynek
04-18-2015, 09:43 AM
I have them also very happy with them and no tracking which I had with the zeros

Tweak
04-18-2015, 08:16 PM
I have them and my stocks wore at 12K as well...pretty much everything you said was like reading my own experience with them. They actually bite really well in dry unless you are REALLY pushing them so for most people they'd be an excellent choice. I do certainly enjoy mine a great deal but I also did find some limits...then exceeded them. :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-ogT3bPxl4

Winston
06-13-2015, 01:11 PM
I have them and my stocks wore at 12K as well...pretty much everything you said was like reading my own experience with them. They actually bite really well in dry unless you are REALLY pushing them so for most people they'd be an excellent choice. I do certainly enjoy mine a great deal but I also did find some limits...then exceeded them. :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-ogT3bPxl4

I spent yesterday at Sears Point with Simway driving instructors , all of whom are professional racing drivers. The tires worked quite well , the rears are a bit ragged after , but the fronts look fine . I put about 25 laps in and had a great time on s very challenging track . Well worth it !

Mr_Ed
06-13-2015, 07:08 PM
Hey Tweak... How many miles you have on the A/S 3's now?

Tweak
06-13-2015, 09:25 PM
I spent yesterday at Sears Point with Simway driving instructors , all of whom are professional racing drivers. The tires worked quite well , the tears are a bit ragged after , but the fronts look fine . I put about 25 laps in and had a great time on s very challenging track . Well worth it !

Great to hear it!


Hey Tweak... How many miles you have on the A/S 3's now?

Hmmm, I don't have an exact number at the moment (it's on the paperwork in the car) but I'd say nearing the 2,500 mile mark roughly. Still really happy with them too.

Team Roosevelt
07-13-2015, 04:32 PM
Do you think these all weather will fit on my stock 17" if I got to a 215/40/17
Best,
John

Purgatory
07-13-2015, 06:38 PM
Have over 16k on my 17" stock Pirelli's, all 4 still look good. And its funny how any two people can be 180 degrees apart. I have found the Pirelli's to be very good in the rain, never had even a trace of hydroplaning with them on my car, and I have been in all kinds of rain events, especially this Spring. They do follow every rut or ridge in the road, but for my driving style, I like that kind of connection via the steering wheel to my hand, no right or wrong, simply a choice.

I wouldn't be willing to give up the dry traction part. The tires you bought are an excellent choice, had them on my heavy Lincoln MKS, and they were great. But that car weighed nearly 2x my Abarth, lol.

Trunkout
07-13-2015, 06:47 PM
Have over 16k on my 17" stock Pirelli's, all 4 still look good.

I have my rears with 18.5K and they are TOAST.
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