Michelin Pilot Sport Cup+ / N-Spec Sizes & review

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Pilot Sport Cup+ (Plus) / N-Spec Streetable Track & Competition radials benefit from the same attention to detail that has earned Michelin repeated successes at major endurance races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Pilot Sport Cup+ and N-Spec tires were developed for enthusiasts who participate in track day events, as well as for serious drivers on the road.

Homologated as Original Equipment (O.E.) on the E92 BMW M3 and Porsche 911, GT2, GT3 and GT3 RS models, Pilot Sport Cup + / N-Spec tires meet DOT requirements for road use. However, they are not recommended for driving in wet conditions where standing water is present and there is the risk of hydroplaning; drivers should drive cautiously at reduced speeds if they encounter these conditions. And like all Streetable Track & Competition tires, Pilot Sport Cup+ / N-Spec radials are not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice. It’s also essential these tires be stored indoors at temperatures maintained above 32 degrees F.

Pilot Sport Cup+ / N-Spec tires feature an asymmetric tread design with a massive outboard shoulder rib to enhance steering response and cornering stability in dry conditions while a thin circumferential outboard shoulder groove and wide circumferential grooves and independent tread blocks of the inboard design enhance wet traction. The tire’s internal structure includes two full-width steel belts reinforced with Michelin’s Banded At Zero (BAZ) technology to stiffen the tread area and help prevent contact area distortion during aggressive acceleration, cornering, braking and high-speed use.

Pilot Sport Cup+ / N-Spec tires are molded with 6/32″ of tread depth in their grooves and are left unshaved for use on damp tracks. While Pilot Sport Cup+ / N-Spec tires do not require shaving for dry track use, their lap time performance will improve slightly if shaved to approximately 4/32″ deep tread to begin competitive road racing/track use in dry conditions, however this will sacrifice significant treadlife.

Warning: Pilot Sport Cup+ / N-Spec radials meet DOT requirements, however they are not recommended for driving in wet conditions where standing water is present and there is the risk of hydroplaning; drivers should drive cautiously at reduced speeds if they encounter these conditions. This is especially true of shaved or worn tires. And like other Streetable Track & Competition tires, these tires are not intended to be stored, serviced nor driven in near- or below freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.


  1. These tires are completely Off the chart. To get any more grip you’d have to go to racing slicks ! Tires are a little noisey, but on a GT3RS there’s not much sound deadener. They look Great, they preform Great what more can you ask for !

  2. This is the first time putting the sport cups on my car and I really love how it improved the cornering. The sport cups give you much improved traction and confidence over the PS2 which I replaced. I switched from 295’s on the rear to 305’s which gives me a little more rubber on the rear , but it did increase the rear road noise a little on some road surfaces.. The added benifit was well worth the small increase in road noise. It will be interesting to see how many miles I can get out of the these beautiful soft compound tires on my occasional track days.

  3. Tires are used for track only, at Sebring. Hold corners very well and give a little squeal before letting go. Very perdictable!

  4. This is my 3rd set of Pilot Cups. They are superb tires for track use and can be used for driving to-fro the track as well. I get approximately 30 DE sessions from a set in a 997TT which runs about 3,450lb. Running negative camber (typical for a 911) the inside of the rears wear most quickly or at least at the same pace as the outside of the fronts. There are alternatives to the MPSCs which I’ll try in 2010.The MPSCs however are exceptional in the dry and quite good in the “moist”. They are bad in standing water.

  5. The cups came with my ’10 GT3. I’ve driven an E92 and Evo VIII on the track but never a 911. After three days at NNJR Thunderbolt with two days dry and one day moderate rain, all I can say is amazing. I was so nervous about this tire due to it’s reputation in the wet but believe it was from the 1st version of the cups. This newer version is amazing. High grip levels in full rain in the corners. Only issue was on the straights when having to go off the racing line to pass. There is some hydroplaning but aside from that was amazed at how much grip was there. Highly recommended. Best DOT R compount tires I’ve ever tried. Hella pricey though.


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