Michelin Pilot Sport 5

The Michelin Pilot Sport 5 builds on the impressive range of ability of the PS4, improving the tread life, having sharper more precise steering, and offering higher levels of grip in the dry and wet.

This tire replaced the Michelin Pilot Sport 4.

Tire review data from 35 tire reviews averaging 87% over 105,750 miles driven.

The Pilot Sport 5 is ranked 9th of 73 Summer Max Performance tires.

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2023 Tire Reviews Performance Tire Test - 2nd of 6 tires

  • Positive - The Michelin Pilot Sport 5 stood out for its durability, with the longest tread life among all tires tested. It also maintained consistent performance across various conditions, offering good steering and a progressive understeer balance, and was the tire with the lowest eco impact.
  • Negative - The Pilot Sport 5 was the most expensive tire to buy, and would benefit from a little more grip in wet conditions.
  • Overall - As you would expect from the Michelin brand, the Pilot Sport 5 stood out for it's impressive longevity, boasting the longest tread life among all the tires tested. It offered a great driving experience with good steering and a progressive understeer balance. The Michelin was also the kindest to the environment, producing the least amount of rubber particulate matter. This isn't a tire we'd rush to take on track, but on the road it is an excellent all round tire.

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2023 AutoBild UHP Summer Tire Test - 2nd of 21 tires

  • Positive - The PS5 as a sport tire with precise steering behavior and very good driving dynamics, good aquaplaning reserves, short wet and dry braking distances.
  • Negative - High Price.
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2023 AZ UHP Summer Tire Test - 5th of 10 tires

  • Overall - In the end, the new Michelin Pilot Sport 5 is only missing a single point for second place. He only performs worse in aquaplaning than the tire before him. Low rolling resistance, but high price level.
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Questions and Answers for the Michelin Pilot Sport 5

2022-01-27 - When do you expect to review the new Pilot Sport 5 tires?

I'm working hard to be the first on the new PS5, but realistically it's not possible to test before spring so I'm expecting March time.

2022-04-10 - Why PS5, compared to Asym 6, can be both average in wet grip/handling and excellent at aquaplaning resistance? Intuitively, a tire that better resists aquaplaning performs better in wet conditions, right?

Wet handling uses around 1 mm of water which doesn't really challenge a new tires aquaplaning properties so is more about the mechanical grip of the compound, where aquaplaning tests are usually conducted in 8 mm of water which is all about tread design.

2022-06-14 - I have kia stinger with pilot sport 4 tires and had a punctured front left tire. I cannot find the ps4 to buy anymore just the pilot sport 5. Will it be ok to switch both front tires to ps5 and keep the rear tires in ps4? They are new ps4 less than a 1000km.

Yes, mixing the Pilot Sport 5 and Pilot Sport 4 is totally ok as long as you match the left and right on the axle.

2022-09-28 - How come the pilot sport 5 is only available as a 97y not a 93y as well for the 245/40 r18 tire. The pilot sport 4 was available in both and I had the 93y. Is the 97y still suitable?

You can always go up in load rating so the 97Y will be fine. They might release a 93Y in the future if the market demands it however there's a chance it would be the same tire with a different sidewall so don't worry about fitting the 97Y.

2022-09-30 - Can you please have a chat with Michelin to find out about when the new tire size will arrive ? With only 44 launched I think there are a lot more to come as the PS4 were 130+ size. I am especialy interested in 215/50R17 for my Honda Civic

Unfortunately I don't have any new data yet, you could try contacting Michelin directly through their website and they might be able to give you a hint!

2022-11-05 - What is the new tire tread depth of the ps5? My brand new ones fitted prior to an MOT measured 6.5mm during the mot and were described as 23% worn

The new tread depth of the PS5 varies by size. Our test size of 225/45 R17 had 7.6mm at new, but larger wider tires often start with less.

2022-12-21 - I have a Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG, fitted with four new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 in late 2021. Unfortunately, the offside rear wheel was damaged and had to be replaced over the summer, and was fitted with a Pilot Sport 5 as the PS4 was no longer available. As the nearside PS4 had very little wear and the PS5 has much the same tread pattern, I was advised it wasn’t necessary to ‘match’ it with a replacement. Is this accurate?

I'm sure you could get lots of different opinions on this, and while I'd rather have the axle matched in this case I'm sure it won't be a huge issue. one thing to note, the PS5 will wear much more slowly than the PS4 so keep an eye on things.

2023-05-11 - Is it ok to fit an SUV with (275/45/R20) Michelin PS5 or better stick with PS4 SUV? The PS5 is given as an option in the Michelin web site for both Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7 but not for Mercedes GLE (probably because the 265/45/R20 is not available?)

If you can get the correct load rating it shouldn't be an issue, but finding a PS5 in an SUV load rating could be tricky.

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Top 3 Michelin Pilot Sport 5 Reviews

Given 89% while driving a Volkswagen Golf MK7 R 300 BHP (225/40 R18) on mostly country roads for 2,000 spirited miles
I've bought the new Michelin Pilot Sport 5 for my Golf R as I previously had the Pilot Sport 4 tires. What a fantastic difference these new tire are. Theres far less noise, the grip in the wet is better and the dry grip is almost the same if not better as well. I would definitely be buying these again.
Helpful 268 - tire reviewed on January 13, 2022
Given 90% while driving a BMW 140i xdrive (265/35 R18) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
245/40/18 Fronts 265/35/18 Rears Got these on my stage 2+ 470bhp/710nm M140i. I had Goodyear Super Sports on and I didn’t really gel well with them. The road feedback was definitely better (had PS4 before the super sports) but for grip Wet & Dry the PS4 was much better. This new PS5 is the same story. Fantastic grip dry and wet, little less noisy than the PS4. However the same issue with the vague steering feel is there same as the PS4. You know you have the best of the best tire but it can be a little unpredictable if you do find the limits of the tire to know what the tires doing. It’s definitely noticeable after coming from the Goodyears to the Michelin’s but take nothing away the Michelin, it’s is in a different league IMO when it comes to my car and the way it’s set up anyway. I had quite a lot of traction issues with the Goodyears, didn’t seem to get the power down as smooth as I liked, and since going back to Michelin I can comfortably get the power down without my traction light thinking it’s Christmas flashing on and off. I’ll compensate the vague steering feel for the sheer grip you get back. My new choice of tire from now!
Helpful 95 - tire reviewed on March 30, 2022
Given 83% while driving a Volvo C30 T5 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 500 spirited miles
The Pilot Sport 5 is an evolution of the Pilot Sport 4, rather than a revolution. Grip is improved slightly in both wet and dry conditions, but don't expect the revolutionary difference from the Pilot Super Sport or Pilot Sport 3 to the 4. In terms of pace, the difference is perhaps more obvious on the stopwatch than in the seat with Michelin themselves claiming only a 1.7% improvement on pace in the wet. That's not to say that it's a bad thing though - the PS4 was already at or around the top of the tables in most regards, and they are what I would consider the gold standard for a road tire (assuming you cannot get the Pilot Sport 4 S in your fitment), so an improvement is likely to push the standard even further. As with the Pilot Sport 4, grip is fantastic in the dry, comparable to that of an AD08R semi slick, and in the wet the PS5 handles better than some road tires do in the dry. Noise levels are broadly similar, but the sound is duller and less intrusive than the 4. Again, that's already a fairly high benchmark, as the PS4 is a quiet, refined tire in the first place. Sidewall strength has always been a weak point for the PS4, with Michelin choosing to err on the side of comfort, and the Pilot Sport 5 is still not exemplary in this regard, but there is a modest improvement in sidewall stiffness over the 4. It's still early days for terms of wear rate so I have not rated this. Michelin claims a 15% improvement on tire life, one of the main claims they make over the PS4, so if anything this will be the main reason to choose the PS5 over the PS4, although realistically if you are looking at the PS4 then you will care about the slight improvements in performance too. Ultimately the Pilot Sport 5 moves the goalposts a little further, but not a lot. Whilst it currently is the best tire on the market (at least in the 17 inch fitment I run), rivals are catching up, and the next versions of their tires could well be able to close that gap in the next few years. However, it's worth buying over the PS4 given the very similar price.
Helpful 75 - tire reviewed on February 23, 2022
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Given 97% while driving a Mazda MX5 (205/40 R17) on a combination of roads for 3,500 spirited miles
Snapped both driveshafts trying to do a skid, more grip than the powertrain. 10/10 would buy again
Helpful 2 - tire reviewed on May 9, 2023
Given 88% while driving a Hyundai i30 (225/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 6,500 spirited miles
My previous tire is Goodyear AS5. While amazing in the dry and wet, it is quite firm and does not soak up bump that well. You also feel alot of the road through the steering wheel which can be draining for long journey.

I decided to give PS5 a try as I was looking for a comfort bias UHP tires. After about 10k KM, I must say I have no regrets! The tires are just more refined than the Goodyear AS5 in term of comfort. It "cushioned" the bump better, has acceptable noise level, lighter steering wheel and feel less of the road through the steering wheel. It also has good aquaplaning resistance and excellent grip in the dry/wet.

I recommend this if you want something comfortable enough for daily drive and yet still can perform well when pushed hard.
Helpful 7 - tire reviewed on May 9, 2023
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Given 81% while driving a Audi A6 Avant 2.0TDI (245/45 R18) on mostly motorways for 5,000 average miles
After goodyear eagle, pirelli pz4, continental 7, I give chance to michelin beacuse all before was 15.000km max and they are dead. After 5000km for 15 days, highway and mountain roads, Im prety satisfied with everyrhing. Rolling resiatance little big and to noisy.
Helpful 3 - tire reviewed on May 2, 2023
Given 93% while driving a Ford Focus mk2 (225/40 R18) on mostly country roads for 3,000 spirited miles
I bought brand new Michelin Pilot Sport 5 tires a few months ago. I don't want to make this long, but I am absolutely impressed in every single way. Coming from a very heavy foot driver and I switched from Goodyer Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6(pretty sporty tire) I can only continue to tell good thing. This tire is exceptional in every single way. Dry grip is amazing, wet grip absolutely shocked the hell out of me, the car just wont slide off. And aquaplaning is amazing, driving 150 km/h on the motorway full off water and its like you are driving on a dry road. I trashed them for about 250 km to my holiday house on a country road (trashed them pretty good) the wear is amazing and I couldn't see any traces of wear (I did on the F1 Asymmetric 6). All together I would absolutely recommend this tire to anyone, weather you like sporty driving, all around good and comfort tire or you just want safety, this is the best tire I ever fitted to my car (and I only buys Michelin, Goodyear or Continental).
Helpful 3 - tire reviewed on April 27, 2023
Given 94% while driving a BMW M140i (245/35 R18) on a combination of roads for 600 spirited miles
I've had these tires on a BMW M140i now for about 1000km of driving. As soon as the tires were fitted, I drove up to the high country region of Victoria, Australia, the tires have done a bunch of motorway, B road and sporty mountain driving in dry and wet conditions. They replaced Pilot Sport 4s which I had zero issues with. First impressions, the tires are much quieter/comfortable than the ones they replaced. Road imperfections, ruts, bridge expansion joints etc feel less jarring through the car. So comfort when on cruise control on the highway is better. Taking the tires up the mountains, they feel more precise and have stronger "bite" than the outgoing tires, which should be expected. Dry grip is great and wet performance is just as confidence inspiring as before. Some might feel they are a little vague but I felt they were more precise than the old tires. I think it's more a matter of the tires really needing to be pushed to find their limits, which I never did. If you have a HiPo car and don't track it, but like some great tires that don't break traction and give confidence on country roads, these are the tires for you. These will deal with anything you throw at them.
Helpful 2 - tire reviewed on April 20, 2023
Given 80% while driving a Audi A6 3.0 TDI Quattro (255/35 R21) on a combination of roads for 5,000 spirited miles
Comparing to Pirelli PZero (it should be matched to 4S/5S I think but don`t have other expirience to share) I had, I can immediately notice the understeering with PS5 and increased noise, but still would prefer PS5 due to better dry grip and better performance/feeling during lower temperature.
Helpful 2 - tire reviewed on April 19, 2023
Given 100% while driving a Audi 1.8T Quattro (225/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 300 spirited miles
This is a completely different tire to the pilot sport 4 ( best ever tire in its category). The casing seems more rigid and demands smoother yet more committed driving style to benefit from the very high limits offered. I have been using the pilot 4 on my Audi Allroad 3.0 lt diesel which I found to be awesome. The new tire is less predictable and enjoyable ( it is worth experimenting by dropping slightly the pressures), can achieve seriously high corner speeds and once you adapt to it you will appreciate it. It is more like changing from a rally tire to a racing tire.
Helpful 5 - tire reviewed on March 26, 2023
Given 82% while driving a BMW 330d (255/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
I bought a pair of these to replace the old PS4S's that i had on the back of my remapped 430d RWD. So far they have been faultless with amazing grip in the wet and dry, whilst having great resistance to aquaplaning. The PS5 isn't quite as hardcore as the 4S they replaced but with that comes greater comfort and lower noise levels which suit a GT car more in my opinion. Plus I also think the wet and dry level are just as good if not better than the PS4S.
Helpful 3 - tire reviewed on March 21, 2023
Given 63% while driving a Ford Fiesta Zetec S (205/40 R17) on a combination of roads for 12,000 easy going miles
Full set of pilot sport 5 tires fitted 12,000 miles ago was told they would last 20-30k miles they were driven normally and never spun or tracked really dissatisfied won’t buy them again stick to Pirelli.
Helpful 12 - tire reviewed on March 20, 2023
Given 94% while driving a Ford Focus ST250 (225/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 3,000 average miles
Had the PS5's on my Focus ST with 19" Snowflake alloys for almost a year. Only done around 3-4k miles with them and they have been excellent. Previously on the front wheels there was some budget tires which weren't great in the wet, frequently lost grip, and produced a lot of noise when cornering. The PS5's have mad a massive difference and I notice a much better driving experience, especially from the front wheels which you'd expect from a tuned front wheel drive car. They handle the power excellently and I now have a lot of confidence when driving for a bit of enjoyment. Out on the long straight motorway journeys however they are quiet and offer a fairly comfortable ride considering the hard suspension set up. Wet performance is very good, sometimes if pushing it the front wheels do spin easily but this is understandable, still good confidence in the wet though. Unsure if it's related but I frequently see mid 30-35mpg round the town and closer to 40mpg on a longer run when driving fairly sensibly which is impressive for a 2L petrol car with some minor modifications.
Helpful 3 - tire reviewed on March 7, 2023
Given 78% while driving a Saab Automobile 9 5 Aero Saloon (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
I share my first impressions, only in the dry and with 1000km on them, and having weared a full set of ps4's before. I've read from other people that they are a slight improvement over the ps4's, but I think these new ps5's are substantially better. For now, they grip even more in the dry and they are less noisy. Steering feeling and precission is also improved, now I feel much more planted and connected to the road than before, with a warming security sensation. On the bad side, i think they are crashy over certain low speed bumps. Saab 9-5 Aero 2002 (stock)
Helpful 3 - tire reviewed on March 3, 2023
Given 100% while driving a Kia Motors Stinger 2.0 RWD (255/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 1,300 spirited miles
I replaced the rear Pilot Sport 4 tires on my Kia Stinger GT-Line as they were almost bald, but I kept the front Pilot Sport 4 tires and only put new Pilot Sport 5 tires in the rear. These Pilot Sport 5 tires grip hard even in the wet! It was heavily raining last week and despite driving hard and flooring the pedal from almost a dead stop in the wet, there was no tire spin. It just grips and goes! And the sidewall design looks great!
Helpful 9 - tire reviewed on February 1, 2023