Michelin Unveils new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3

Posted by: Matt Iasenzaniro onDecember 11th, 2012

Calgary is a city that requires winter tires–like the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 we reviewed last year–there’s just no argument to be had for running one set of tires all year. This is exponentially more true if you’ve got a high performance car that can make use of extra grippy summer tires. The problem with climates like ours is that the weather can get cold long before it snows, this means that, despite dry roads, those summer tires are still hockey pucks.

You’ve got the choice to keep rolling on summers, albeit with limited grip, or put excess wear on your winters. The former seems to be the most popular option gauging by how many people get caught out by the first snowfall and can’t manage leaving their driveway, let alone a commute. But winter tires can be a significant investment, do you really want to have to replace them earlier than you have to? I think not, especially if you’re not even having fun with them.

michelin pilot sport as3

Well today Michelin is announcing a tire that provides the best of both worlds, the Pilot Sport A/S 3 all-season ultra-high performance tire. Likely replacing the Pilot Sport A/S Plus in Canada, the A/S 3 is truly an enthusiast’s dream. Ultra-high performance means that Michelin promises to fulfill the demands of all but the highest requirements for wet and dry grip, but manages to do it with a hybrid compound that won’t suffer in colder temperatures, or even with some snow on the ground! This means you can run your fun tires well into November (and sometimes December!) in the average Canadian city, which is nice because the PS A/S 3 also comes with a 70,000 km warranty.

The Pilot Sport A/S 3 is designed around 4 core goals:

  • Dry grip comes from an aggressive compound and tread pattern.
  • Wet grip comes variable thickness sipes and large grooves.
  • Cold and snow grip comes from Michelin’s Helio Compound(TM) and unique biting edges in the grooves.
  • Longevity comes from an asymmetrical tread design allowing for more flexibility in tire rotation than a directional tire.

The Pilot Sport A/S 3 will be available Summer 2013 in 65 sizes ranging from 175/65/R15 to 285/35/ZR20. In the meantime, Beyond.ca has been invited to test them at New Orleans brand new NOLA Motorsports Park!

You can read our in-depth Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 review where we tested the performance of Michelin’s latest All-Season tire against ultra high performance summer tires from Bridgestone, Goodyear, Continental and Pirelli.

Press Release:


NEW ORLEANS – (Dec. 11, 2012) – Michelin North America unveiled today the latest innovation from the Pilot family of tires, the MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport A/S 3™, a new tire that will provide drivers with enhanced handling and control in a variety of weather conditions. The MICHELIN Pilot Sport A/S 3 tire uses a unique tread design and proven Michelin technologies to deliver all-season performance and incredible wet and dry braking, enabling a passion for driving year-round without sacrificing safety.

“As an all-weather, all-season tire, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport A/S 3 marries performance and practicality,” said Doug Brown, ultra-high performance category manager at Michelin North America. “This tire is ideal for someone who wants to optimize the performance of his or her vehicle and drive with confidence year-round.”

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport A/S 3 tire distinguishes itself in the ultra-high performance all-season tire market because of the Michelin technology it bears. No other all-season tire on the market benefits from Michelin’s heritage in endurance racing and arsenal of technological innovations. Specific technology benefits include:

Breakthrough levels of dry grip

  • Variable Contact Patch 2.0 combined with an aggressive asymmetric tread pattern inspired by the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport.
  • Incredible wet grip and resistance to hydroplaning regardless of the road surface

  • Extreme amounts of silica in the tread compound combined with Variable Thickness Sipes and large circumferential grooves.
  • Cold weather mobility for true all-season performance

  • Michelin’s Helio Compound combined with Variable Thickness Sipes and unique biting edges in the tread grooves.
  • For detailed information on Michelin technologies engineered into the MICHELIN Pilot Sport A/S 3 tire, please visit: http://www.michelinman.com/pilotsportas3

    When he’s not busy writing about cars or travelling the auto show circuit, he’s reviewing apps and video games related to the automotive world. In his spare time, Matt is a motorcycle enthusiast, trying not to kill himself riding along with the crazy local drivers. He is also a weekly contributor in the Motor Mondays segment on News Talk 770.

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