You'd be forgiven for thinking this was just an update to include the Michelin Track Connect tire pressure monitoring system, however the differences between the two tires run much deeper.
The Cup 2 Connect has a new construction and a new compound which bring both improvements in driving enjoyment and lap time when compared to the original Cup 2.
The full press release is below, and if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments. And no, I don't know why this tire wasn't called the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 3.
If travel restrictions lift, Tire Reviews should be testing the new Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect before the summer is out.
New MICHELIN Pilot Sport CUP2 CONNECT
Faster, longer-lasting performance, 100% Connect Ready(1)
The new MICHELIN Pilot Sport CUP2 CONNECT tire has been designed with an integrated container intended to receive a sensor, which make it the first 100% Connect Ready tire on the market. Users then just have to insert the MICHELIN Track Connect solution sensors in order to take advantage of the multiple functionalities of the solution and optimize their performance even more during track days. Dedicated to 80% on track and 20% on the road, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport CUP2 CONNECT tire remain versatile for an everyday use while offering high potential on track.
New architecture for more stability and more security
To combine both excellent feeling and high efficiency, the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport CUP2 CONNECT tire combines in its construction two polyester plies, two steel plies and a polyamide ply. It also benefits from several advanced technologies :
These technical improvements allow higher cornering speeds and excellent stability at high speeds. On the track, this also results into better lap times (2) and more safety on the circuit and on the road.
New tread for better control and longer life
Multiplied benefits on track, even more with MICHELIN Track Connect
Thanks to these technologies, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport CUP2 CONNECT tire extend not only the driving experience from a subjective point of view (steering control and handling thanks to an optimized footprint) but also in an objective manner. It is indeed 7.29 seconds(2) faster after a serie of 10 laps than the previous MICHELIN Pilot Sport CUP2 tire. Using MICHELIN Track Connect solution allows - thanks to the optimal pressure recommendations delivered through the app - to drive even faster and consistently with a gain of 7.40 seconds (3) after a serie of 15 consecutive laps.
The BMW M2 CS will be the first car fitted with MICHELIN Pilot Sport CUP2 Connect tires (245/35 ZR19 (93Y) XL TL PILOT SPORT CUP 2 * DT1 MI for the front and 265/35 ZR19 (98Y) XL TL PILOT SPORT CUP 2 * DT1 MI for the rear), meaning that the MICHELIN Pilot Sport CUP2 is the first connect ready(1) tire homologated as original equipment.
Also available for replacement market in 41 dimensions (95% market coverage) on sizes from 17 to 21 inches, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport CUP2 CONNECT tire is compatible with the majority of sports cars on the market, from 200 to over 750 HP. It is aimed at beginners or experienced drivers, allowing them to increase their driving experience and improve their lap times on track.
(1) Connect Ready : the tire has been designed with a specific container, the user has just to insert the sensors of the Michelin Track Connect solution to make the tire connected.
(2) Internal study, Porsche 991 GT3 equipped with MICHELIN Pilot Sport CUP 2 Connect size 245 / 35ZR20 and 305 / 30ZR20 on the Valencia circuit (07/2018) and Renault Megane 3 RS equipped with 235 / 35ZR19 Charade and Ladoux circuit N ° 3 (10/2018) after 10 towers, in comparison with previous generation MICHELIN Pilot Sport CUP2.
(3) Internal study certified by a bailiff, Porsche 991 (991) GT3 RS equipped with MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 CONNECT on 265 / 35ZR20 and 325 / 30ZR21 with MICHELIN Track Connect carried out at the Andalucia Spain circuit (11/2019) after 15 laps, vs previous generation MICHELIN Pilot Sport CUP2. Actual running conditions may vary.