Kuala Lumpur, 25 July 2019 – Michelin Malaysia has just launched the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV which as the name suggests, is a high performance premium tyre meant for SUVs or Sport Utility Vehicles. According to the Managing Director of Michelin Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei, Pascal Nouvellon, the Pilot Sport 4 SUV is an addition to the well established Pilot Sport family and is developed for excellent longevity, remarkable braking performance, dynamic handling and comfortable driving.
The Pilot Sport 4 SUV is developed using the latest motorsport technologies and intelligent enhancements to provide unlimited driving pleasure in total safety. The tyre features an improved tread pattern and a new tyre compound for better grip and wet braking, in line with its tagline: “Out there, you are always in control.”
Developed with a new compound that incorporates innovative functional elastomers and thin silica, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV places first in a wet handling test held against other premium tyre brands. It was
up to 5.06 seconds faster to complete the 1,050-metre track than its competitors*. The tyre also places first in dry braking with a recorded distance of up to 2.7 metres shorter than the competitors**. On wet roads, the tyres brake up to 4.9 metres shorter when new and up to 8.5 metres shorter when worn, against competitors**.
The Pilot Sport 4 SUV tread design sports a new asymmetrical groove design that adds more rigidity to the tread pattern, providing excellent grip during dynamic cornering. A hybrid belt made of aramid and nylon also provides dynamic steering responsiveness and driving precision, while a high-density double casing ply increases robustness against road shock damage, thereby increasing its durability and safety. Michelin stated that the tyre longevity is up to 13,000 kilometres more than other premium tyre brands***.
“We gave the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV a premium touch design of 91% elegant black finishing to equip the SUV with a sporty appeal. The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV is also optimized for superior riding comfort and minimal noise to provide our customers with an enhanced driving pleasure like no other,” said Pascal.
The new Pilot Sport 4 SUV is now available at TYREPLUS and Michelin authorised dealers across the nation in 39 sizes, for rims of 17- to 23-inch diameters. Rim protectors are also available on all dimensions.
* External test conducted by TUV SUD product service, on Michelin’s request, in August 2018, on dimension 235/60 R18 on Audi Q5 2.0 TDI on a 1,050m long track.
** External tests conducted by TUV SUD product service, on Michelin’s request, in August and September 2018, on dimension 235/60 R18 on Audi Q5 2.0 TDI comparing NEW and WORN MICHELIN PILOT SPORT 4 SUV versus six other brands of tyres. Worn means worn on machine (buffed) to the depth of Trad Wear Indicator according to the European regulation for Tread Wear Indicator ECE R30r03f.
*** External longevity test conducted by DEKRA TEST CENTER, on Michelin’s request, in August and September 2018, on dimension 235/60 R18 on Hyundai Santa Fe CRDi comparing MICHELIN PILOT SPORT 4 SUV versus six other brands of tyres. Longevity test run in average real usage (D50) with 10,000 km run and extrapolated longevity to 1.6mm.