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Thoughts: Michelin Primacy vs Pilot Sport A/S 3+

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by Dukeybootie, Mar 22, 2017.

  1. Dukeybootie

    Dukeybootie Member

    Nov 12, 2015
    United States
    NOTE: I am asking about the A/S 3+ (PLUS) which replaces the A/S 3.

    I'm down to 3/32 tread depth at 33,000 miles and will be needing replacement of the OEM Primacy tires soon. New Primacy set costs $80 more than the A/S 3+ set, so cost not a huge difference.

    85D with 19" square setup
    Climate -- Southern CA
    Annual mileage -- 25,000
    Driving style -- 90% highway cruising (70-90 mph) with the occasional stoplight launch; minimal hard cornering

    I'm thinking it's hard to go wrong either way, but if anyone has experience with the relatively new A/S 3+ tires, I would love your thoughts. Thanks!
  2. Cowby

    Cowby Member

    Jun 2, 2015
    ATL, GA
    Have them on my winter set....pretty darn sticky to me! Dunno about tread life tho.
  3. pilotSteve

    pilotSteve Active Member

    Jul 14, 2012
    Vancouver WA
    I had 19" Primacy tires as my "winter" setup with ContiSilent/21" as my summer. Overall I think the Primacy's were quieter, nice ride and all-season ready. I would buy them in a heartbeat.
  4. AmpedRealtor

    AmpedRealtor Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2013
    Buckeye, AZ
    I can only speak to the Pilot Sport A/S 3 (non plus). They lasted only 16,000 miles on my P85 and wore unevenly despite no real alignment issues per service center. The tires were also terribly noisy after hitting 3-4 mm tread depth. My factory Primacy tires lasted 40,000 miles to the same 3 mm tread depth. The A/S 3, like the A/S 3+, is not a LRR tire and therefore will result in higher Wh/mi consumption. My consumption increased by about 5% w/ A/S 3 vs. Primacy.

    I was so disappointed with the overall life of the A/S 3 that I went back to the Primacies as of a few weeks ago when the A/S 3 needed replacement after only 16,000 miles. The Primacy offers a software, quieter, and more comfortable ride. If most of your driving is on the freeway, you'll get a smoother and more efficient ride from the Primacy.
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  5. tliving

    tliving Member

    Mar 8, 2014
    New England, USA
    I spoke to a tire guy about Michelin Primacy MXM4 (OEM ones) vs Cinturato P7 Plus vs the Pilot Spot A/S 3+. He thought the Pilots were too aggressive, would have a rough ride and would wear fast. He was a bit biased towards the Michelins (and I got 49.5K miles out of my original ones) but I ended up going with the Cinturato P7 Plus. I have Nokkian H2's for the winter.

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