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Someone at Tesla Decided to Put Michelin Pilots on My New Model S P85 and.....

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by lolachampcar, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. lolachampcar

    lolachampcar Active Member

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    They should get a RAISE! I had concerns about the suspension compliance and the active air after two different test drives. The Pilots fixed my concerns and the car is fantastic.
    Thank You Tesla
     
  2. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    Really? My CTS came with Pilots and the performance, handling and traction were all improved when I installed Goodyear Eagle GTs.
     
  3. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    I prefer the Continentals, especially since the 21" tires are made about 50 miles from where I live. Jobs 'n' stuff.
     
  4. spatterso911

    spatterso911 MSP#7577 **--** MX#1891

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    I got Michelins on mine too...DS said that was highly unusual.
     
  5. 4sevens.com

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    pilot super sports?
     
  6. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    I've got a set of 4 Pilot Super Sports in my trunk right now... they're left over from the G37 that I traded when I bought the Model S. I'm delivering them to their new owner shortly. Unfortunately they won't fit on the S.

    I really liked the Pilot Super Sports; I would definitely recommend them. Just do NOT drive on snow/ice with them!
     
  7. Juan Burgundy

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    Mine has Michelin PS2's as well!
     
  8. araxara

    araxara S-P85#3,218 X-90D#3,299

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  9. lolachampcar

    lolachampcar Active Member

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    Yep, they are expensive which is why I normally go to Nittos when I replace OEM. Good quality, ride and reasonable performance for far less $s.
     
  10. ByeEnzo

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    I got my car Monday (P85, pearl white, grey 21's, loaded options). It came with Pilots and the ride is very supple considering some crappy streets we have here in Fort Worth. Having said that, I may change to something less expensive at the first tire change. The way I drive that is going to be soon!
     
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    I pray I get the Pilots. They made a world of difference in my R8 when I switched to them. In my opinion best summer tires I have ever owned.
     
  12. tezco

    tezco Sig P85

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    I always seem to get better tire life with the Pilots, but the noise level seems to be higher than with Pirelli's.
     
  13. scriptacus

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    I just picked up today and my car has pilots as well. Knowing the continentals were standard, I asked the DS about this. He implied that the pilots have replaced the continentals as the standard 21" tire.
     
  14. andrewket

    andrewket 2014 S P85DL, 2016 X P90DL (soon 100)

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    If true I'm happy to hear this.
     
  15. Kaivball

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    Go to tire rack. Performance of the don't is and the Michelins is very, very similar.

    Willing to bet $100 that the average driver cannot tell the difference in a blind driving test between the two.
     
  16. astrotoy

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    Sorry, what is "don't is"?
     
  17. spatterso911

    spatterso911 MSP#7577 **--** MX#1891

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    I think he meant to say "Conti's"...
     
  18. EarlyAdopter

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    Quick summary of the Tire Rack data:

    The Continentals are slightly better in the wet, the Michelins are slightly better in the dry. Treadwear will be better on the Continentals, steering response better on the Michelins.

    The Contintentals cost nearly half that of the Michelins, which is good value for those getting the Michelins now, but easier on the pocketbook to replace a flat for those with the Continentals.

    Both good tires from good companies, just different tradeoffs.
     
  19. Kaivball

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    Thanks for the research.

    I actually do have both tires. The Conti on my BMW and the Michelins on the Ferrari.

    Very little tread wear so far on the BMW. It's my DD. The cars are too different though to truly compare driving characteristics.
     
  20. AWDtsla

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    OP didn't specify which he got, but PS2 is crap compared to PSS. Better traction all around in even in lower temps. Assuming the Model S is traction limited from 0, 0-60 will improve. Plus 50% better treadlife. Just saying :)
     

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