Michelin’s latest ultra high performance (UHP) tyre has been launched at the Michelin Passion Days event at the Sentul International Circuit in Indonesia today. The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S, which sits above the Pilot Sport 4 in the lineup, replacing the Pilot Super Sport, is now available in Malaysia to fit wheels measuring 19 inches and above.

“The new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S is the result of a unique know-how developed by engineers passionate about their work that redefines the standards of the category,” said regional director for Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Pascal Nouvellon. “Adapted for driving at the highest levels on road and on track, it has already positioned itself as the best in its class.”

Designed for sports cars and premium sedans, the Pilot Sport 4 S is claimed to offer improved performance, class-leading handling capabilities, shorter wet and dry braking distances and optimised durability. Precise steering feel is promised thanks to a hybrid belt comprised of aramid and nylon.

Bi-compound technology has also been incorporated, with a hybrid elastomer on the outer edge for dry-weather grip, and a new mix of compounds with specific ‘functional elastomers’ and silica on the inner side to improve wet-weather grip and braking. An ultra-reactive tread pattern adapts continuously to the road to optimise traction, which Michelin says provides a high level of reactivity.

Other features include a Premium Touch Finish on the sidewall, creating a velvet effect that results in a variety of black contrasts, as well as a Deep Rim Protector that should come in handy given the large wheels the tyre will inevitably be fitted on. The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S carries retail prices starting from RM1,100 per piece, and is distributed to Tyreplus and Michelin outlets nationwide.