Direct Comparison between Michelin PS4s and Pirelli PZeros
I recently had the opportunity to test the two tyres directly on my Giulietta QV when I had my wheels refurbished (by CNC Wheels in Sydney - Highly Recommended)
My normal tyres are Michelin PS4s but the they gave me a spare set of wheels and Pirellis P Zero tyres to drive around on while my normal wheels were being refurbished.
Normal Michelin PS4 Size is 225/40 R 18 but the Pirelli P Zeros were 225/45 R 18 (as thats the closest they had in size)
I was really a fan of the Pirelli P Zeros as I had them on my GTV V6 previously.
When I first drove on the Pirellis I noticed that I was sitting a little higher than normal which is to be expected. But then I noticed that the tyres were really crashy and banging alot more than my Michelins. Not only that there was a huge amount of noise coming from the tyres Id never heard before ! All this talk about loud tyres was just theory to me until I actually heard the difference between my Michelins compared to the Pirellis.
Also there seemed to be slightly less grip and they seemed to skip over bumps a little skittishly like they were a harder compound tyre compared to the more "sticky" feel of the Michelins.
Lastly I expected the bigger Pirellis to be alot more comfortable being a higher profile tyre. But they were not.
As soon as I got my wheels refurbed and my Michelins back on I immediately noticed the difference with them. They felt lower, more stickier hugging the road and whats more surprising they were more comfortable absorbing bumps and irregularities much better than the Pirellis.
So this is a real surprise after being a fan of the Pirelli P Zeros before the Michelins really are far superior to the them in every regard. They really add a new performance dimension to the car that the Pirellis cant. Im not sure what the price difference is but its definetly worth paying more for the Michelins if you can.
All the reviews Ive read about the Michelins really are believable they are an outstanding tyre.