Michelin Malaysia has begun teasing the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 on its website. The new performance rubber, which competes against the Continental Sport Contact 6 and Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3, hasn’t been officially launched yet (no pricing and sizes are indicated), but it looks like that will happen very soon – the tyre is already available at Tyreplus outlets, according to the brand’s FB page.

The Pilot Sport 4, introduced to European markets at the start of the year, features an ultra-reactive tread pattern design and also adopts a new compound with specific functional elastomers that improve the distribution of the silica within the rubber mixture and reinforces its action to ensure maximum wet grip and braking. For the former, wide and deep longitudinal grooves ensure a high level of water drainage while rolling over wet roads.

Among the highlights of the new tyre include “Dynamic Response” technology, where a hybrid belt of aramid and nylon helps provide better directional control. The high density, tension resistant and lightweight fibre, which is five times more durable than steel, ensures centrifugal forces at high speeds are perfectly controlled and the tyre contact patch remains constant, even at high speed.

At point of launch, the Pilot Sport 4 was introduced in three profiles – 35, 40 and 45 – and in sizes ranging from 17 to 19 inches, though other sizes should be out by now (word is that it starts from 16 inches). The tyre sits below the Pilot Super Sport, which has just been replaced by the Pilot Sport 4 S; that one should also eventually make its way in.