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Old 09-26-2012, 01:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Michelin Pilot Super Sports vs Nitto NT05's

I have to say that I originally had a set of Goodyear SuperCup's on the Z and they were horrible. The Nitto NT05's were a decent upgrade from it but after 2300 miles of normal driving those Nitto's became "about blank" for my IT homies LOL. Basically bald and I decided to go with some Michelin Pilot Super Sports. These Michelin's are incredible, please trust me on this. If you are looking for new tires for your Z don't buy anything else due to price. They come with a 30,000 mile warranty all around and I have even further confidence in driving the Z. It is just incredible what a set of tires can do. Bravo to Michelin, they will have my business for a long time.


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Old 09-30-2012, 06:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Michelin Pilot Super Sports vs Nitto NT05's

I agree completely. I'm on my second set. Had the first set shaved to 4/32 which turned out not to be necessary (and a huge waste of money). We were afraid they might chunk from tracking - but they've held up GREAT!

These tires are fantastic on the track - even at full tread. Haven't chunked one bit. Can't say that for the 3 sets of Pirelli PZeroCorsas I went through last year (different car but they chunked).

The MPSS are great as DD tires, wet or dry, and also on track. We've finally found optimal pressures for track (based on the temps that our pyrometer gives us). This second set has held up beautifully and I know several running them on GT3, GT3RS, Audi TT. I plan to put them on my BMW 3 series wagon as "summer" tires (and have Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 run flats as winter tires).
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Michelin Pilot Super Sports vs Nitto NT05's

One more vote for the Michelins. They are hands down the best I have used. The GY Gen II's grip good at first but lose it quickly and have half the life. You won't be disappointed with the Michelins.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Michelin Pilot Super Sports vs Nitto NT05's

Can you give us the exact tire part number and size that you're using. I see #14566 for a Michelin 325/30-19.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Can someone explain to me why the ps2 is treadwear 220. Pss is 300. But everyone says the pss is the best including michelins website showing better handling.
Longer treadwear warranty, higher tw number, means harder rubber to me...
If no one can explain it can someone who has tracked their car with both compare them for us?
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Can someone explain to me why the ps2 is treadwear 220. Pss is 300. But everyone says the pss is the best including michelins website showing better handling.
Longer treadwear warranty, higher tw number, means harder rubber to me...
If no one can explain it can someone who has tracked their car with both compare them for us?
You are usually correct, but not this time. Michelin's new rubber uses compounds that are stickier even though they provide more life. Michelin also states that the outer sides are softer, closer to Pilot Sport Cups for better cornering, while middle and inner sides harder compound, increasing stability in rain and extending the life of the tire.

Long story short, it has higher tread-wear rating due to use of higher technology compounds and use of different compounds for outer vs. inner sides. Michelin also claims 50% more track time from a set of PSS tires compared to PS2; big win
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I run the super sports on my car as well and used to have the NT-05's on my C5Z, I like these a lot better!!!
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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AMEN!! Changed my whole vehicle...no better investment one could make

Have had on all my other vehicles for quite a number of years..pricey--YES
Worth it ----Y E S!
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm another vote for Michelins...quieter ride, better cornering, longer life. They even shine up better.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:16 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I just ordered a set for my 06 Z06. I looked around quite a bit before purchasing and found the best price @ $1646.00 for the set. I can't wait to see how they perform and wear. My stockers were only going to last around 10k mi.
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I need a set of new tires for my 06Z. I will try the PSS what are the part #'s and size. Are they run flat's ?

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Old 11-30-2012, 05:51 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Re: Michelin Pilot Super Sports vs Nitto NT05's

Bob,
Michelin Pilot Super Sport...they come with a 30k mi warranty (not that you will ever get that out of them). Part #35549 Fronts, #34241 Rears. I don't believe that I can mention the company on this web site but if you Google you will find.
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You can mention the company - just no links.
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Re: Michelin Pilot Super Sports vs Nitto NT05's

My NT05's aged to the point that they no longer could hold much beyond 1/2 throttle in first gear with gradual throttle increase at 20+ mph. I just bought a set of pilot super sports, and now they break loose at around a 2/3rd throttle roll on in first gear, but the weather (California) has been cool, about 65 degrees or so, and most of my trips are short trips.

How warm does it need to be before the tires will hook up in first without spinning (assuming a roll on to full throttle starting at 20+ mph, not a hard launch with the clutch)? The NT05's when new would hold at full throttle during spring / summer / fall time, but I guess I'll have to wait for a warm day here to see if the Super Sports can hold.
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Re: Michelin Pilot Super Sports vs Nitto NT05's

I don't think that you are going to find that the Supersports have more grip than the NT05's for the type of application you are talking about. Where the Supersports really shine is on the track. The lateral grip is as good or better than the NT05's and they will last at least twice as long as the NT05's. It is a truly amazing compound.
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