Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

Dry Grip 98%
Wet Grip 95%
Road Feedback 88%
Handling 95%
Wear 94%
Comfort 88%
Buy again 93%

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S is a Max Performance Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

The MICHELIN PILOT SPORT 4 S is an ultra-high performance tyre which replaces the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport in the range of outstanding tyres from the French manufacturer.

Designed for sports cars and high performance saloons, the MICHELIN PILOT SPORT 4 S offers unparalleled driving pleasure thanks to its exceptional steering precision and directional stability. It provides maximum performance and safety on all surfaces due to its optimised tread footprint which grips the road in all situations, even the most extreme.

This tyre replaced the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

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Tyre review data from 17 tyre reviews averaging 93% over 34,000 miles driven.


Tyre Test Highlights

2017 Car and Driver UHP Tyre Test - 1st of 5 tyres

  • Overall - The Pilot Sport 4 S bundled the test’s highest lateral grip and shortest stopping distance into the only sub-30-second lap time. That betters the next-fastest tire, Pirelli’s P Zero, by 0.5 second.
    In driving, speed usually grows as confidence grows, and this Michelin exemplifies that idea. The Pilot Sport 4 S assures the driver with its tenacious grip, stellar lateral stiffness, and progressive at-the-limit behavior. It is easy and rewarding to drive aggressively, and it allows the driver to return to full throttle earlier than any other tire in this test.
    Out in the real world, the Michelin demonstrated a subtle tendency to follow grooves in the road. Otherwise, the Pilot Sport 4 S is as docile in traffic as it is around a racetrack, never hammering down imperfections nor singing on the smooth stuff.
    As with the Pilot Super Sport, Michelin is likely to be faced with so many automakers eager to fit the 4 S to their sports cars that it will turn customers away. Fortunately, you don’t need Michelin’s approval to fit your car with Pilot Sport 4 S tires.
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Questions and Answers for the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

2016-10-06 - What sizes does it come in?

A full list of Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S launch sizes can be found here.

2017-04-23 - Which are the differences between Michelin pilot sport 4 and Michelin pilot sport 4S?

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4S is the larger, more performance orientated version of the Pilot Sport.

2017-10-03 - ust wondering where the directional indicator is on these tyres ? All I can really find is the word "outside" which seems to suggest the tyres can be run on both Left and Right sides of the vehicle.. Is this correct ? I recently had 4 tyres fitted and when I look at the tread pattern from the rear of the vehicle, the outer tread grooves slant up on one side, whilst on the other side they slant downwards.. Just checking to see if this model of Tyre is actually Asymmetrical, and when looking at the tyre pattern from the rear, they should flow in the same direction ? Overall - do Michelin make these tyres in both Left and Right variations ? or only one variation ?

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S is an asymmetric tyre, and are mounted based on outside and inside. There are slight variations of tread directions when looking at left and right side tyres mounted, but these have no affect on performance.

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Size Price Range  
225/35 R19 £159.30 - £173.90 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
235/35 R19 £171.50 - £193.07 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
255/35 R20 £189.70 - £208.20 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
275/35 R19 £216.23 - £242.50 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
275/40 R19 £217.50 - £316.40 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
305/30 R20 £270.00 - £296.00 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
Available in 51 tyre sizes - View all.

Top Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S Review

Given 100% (breakdown) while driving a BMW M3 (275/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
Replaced the Pilot Super Sports on my F80 M3 and it's better in every way. The wet grip is insane, it's like you're driving in the dry. Best tyre on the market.
102 - tyre reviewed on March 9, 2017   

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Given 74% (breakdown) while driving a Renault Megane RS250 CUP (235/35 R19 W) on mostly country roads for 2,000 spirited miles
Second thoughts after my initial review... starting to get disappointed a little bit.
The tyre excells at slow - medium speed corners on low grip surfaces (either wet or low grip dry - old tarmac, very often met in Greece)

But the sidewalls are weak at high speeds (>120 kph)

The car is bounching - swaying upon the tyres midcorner and the steering feels soft during sudden direction changes.

I really miss the "stiff" - "direct" feel of bridgestones.

Not buying again. Not for me.

0 - tyre reviewed on February 9, 2018   
BMW M240i (245/45 R19) on a combination of roads for 4,000 spirited miles
I changed wheels to 19 inch genuine 361 rims with PS4S on my BMW M240i.
Totally different car, no tyre shiver under full acceleration,
huge levels of grip, great lateral strength in side walls allowing
great handling through the corners, comfortable ride & different car when overtaking at high speed.
I had a 135i with P Zero tyres on last car which were pretty good but these tyres are on another level should also be great on a 135.
0 - tyre reviewed on January 27, 2018   
Renault (235/35 R19 W) on mostly country roads for 700 spirited miles
I have already used them for 1000km on dry and wet (fast driving - b roads).
Compared to my previous rubber (potenza RE 050A), it is a totally different experience. In terms of outright grip, ps4s' are noticeably better in the dry and much much better in the wet. They are much better in terms of ride quality and comfort too..
BUT, bridgestones are definitely better when it comes to dynamic abilities, such as feedback , turn in, steering response and linearity to your inputs under pressure (above 8/10 ) even though comfort is suffering on bad surfaces.
Michelin hasn't solved the "soft sidewall issue" of pss even though ps4s has been improved just a little bit. On the other hand, due to the sidewall deformation (variable patch technology etc) they provide such tremendous grip almost everywhere. You can't have it all...
In conclusion: Ps4s for top grip and ride comfort - Bridgestones for max driver’s pleasure, especially if he loves “off balance” driving.
1 - tyre reviewed on January 25, 2018   
Given 89% (breakdown) while driving a Jaguar F Type coupe (305/30 R20) on mostly country roads for 4,000 spirited miles
Put these on the F-Type after removing the standard fit P-Zeros - the difference is night and day. Better grip in all conditions - trying to put the power down in a straight line in damp conditions was impossible with the Pirellis but these really dig in. It's a 550hp RWD car so of course you can light them up but it's genuinely impressive how the 4Ss handle the power. At the limit they are much more progressive than the Pirellis ever were - you feel them start to give way and can react - to have a scary moment in the wet with these tyres requires massive commitment / stupidity. Again with the P-zeros it just required you to want to accelerate before the car was arrow straight. Honestly I've not got close to the limit in the dry, but the feel is more communicative and they are quieter and more comfortable than the P-zeros they replaced. Just a massive upgrade in every department. Not sure about wear yet but they are sold with a much better wear rating off the shelf.
6 - tyre reviewed on November 6, 2017   

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