Michelin Pilot Sport 4 vs Pirelli P Zero

Both of them are max-performance summer tires with good performance on both dry and wet surfaces in extremely hot weather. Sport 4 due to its lower void ratio comparatively, allows a greater contact patch, leading to superb dry traction. On other hand, its counterpart (P Zero) consists of a slightly higher void ratio enabling the tire to have better-wet traction, resisting hydroplaning even in flooded conditions.

Sport 4 because of its better-built strength than P Zero is more durable despite having a high rolling resistance.

Comparing Michelin Pilot Sport 4 with Pirelli P Zero

Michelin Pilot Sport 4


Pirelli P Zero

Sport 4 consists of an asymmetrical tread pattern having a slightly lower void ratio, enabling a higher contact patch with the ground. This improves the tire’s dry and wet grip while the optimized shoulders help the tire to steer better in all conditions. Its performance in hydroplaning situations is also quite remarkable due to the presence of a higher number of grooves with more depth. Its rolling resistance is also lower than its competitor based on fuel consumption. Its better-built quality and strength make the tire more durable, allowing higher mileage and low wearing of treads.  

P Zero consists of an extreme asymmetrical tread blocks design having a marginally higher void ratio. The higher void ratio causes the tire to make slightly less contact with the ground, therefore, its performance for dry grip is a bit behind its peer. But the presence of more sipes does help the tire to have decent performance for wet grip and handling. Based on fuel consumption, its rolling resistance is higher compared to its rival and it also falls short when it comes to durability because of lower built strength.

Road Grip Comparison

The contact patch of the tire is directly related to the grip of the tire. Since Sport 4 has a higher contact patch, therefore, its grip is very good for both dry and wet conditions. It has a lower dry braking distance compared to its competitor, allowing it to have a better grip. The dry braking distance of Sport 4 is 112.2 inches, marginally better than its peer as well as other competitors. In wet conditions, its grip is good but faintly less than its rival. The wet braking distance of the Sport 4 tire is 97 inches that’s slightly less because of the fewer sipes in comparison, making the tire perform lower in wet conditions.

In the case of P Zero, due to the presence of a faintly higher void ratio, the tire dry grip is slightly lesser in comparison to its counterpart. Its dry road braking speed is 115 inches. So, both the tires are good for dry road-gripping with P Zero a little behind its rival. But in wet conditions, this tire performs is a little better than its peer due to the presence of more sipes to wipe the water out of grooves effectively. Its wet braking distance is 94.8 inches, marginally ahead of its counterpart.

Handling Comparison of the tires

Shoulders are considered when comparing the handling performance of the tire. Sport 4 has a dry handling speed of  73 mph due to its high contact patch and the low void ratio between treads. The presence of deeper sipes on the shoulders also assists the tire to perform well on wet roads. These deeper sipes help the tire to remove the water from the grooves backward providing extra grip and better handling. Its wet handling speed is 47.7 mph, slightly better than its counterpart.

P Zero, because of the presence of slightly wider grooves allows a lower contact patch of its shoulders. Despite having a lower contact patch its dry handling speed is almost equal to its competitor which is 73.3 mph, enabling the tire to do well on the dry road. The presence of extra and decent sipes also helps it to perform well in wet conditions. The average wet handling speed of the tire lies at 47 mph, making it second to that of its counterpart.

Comparison of Hydroplaning Resistance

Hydroplaning refers to a situation in which the presence of water between the tire and road causes it to lose grip with the road. The wider grooves will surely help the tire to enhance hydroplaning resistance. However, despite having narrow grooves, the hydroplaning resistance of Sport 4 is better due to the presence of extra deeper sipes and grooves allowing a greater volume of water to pass through them. The float speed of Sport 4 is 62 mph, greater than its competitor.

Despite having a high void ratio, the wide grooves in P Zero won’t be able to pass the water out as efficiently as Sport 4. The sipes and grooves in the P Zero tire are shallow in comparison, which is the reason for its lower hydroplaning resistance in wet conditions. On a wet road, the tire has a floating speed of 57.3 mph.

Comparison of Rolling Resistance

Rolling resistance is known as the force needed to keep the tire rolling forward. The higher the force, the higher will be the fuel consumption. Sport 4 has a  rolling resistance value of 9.8 kg t which is lower than its colleague.

The rolling resistance of P Zero is high, resulting in greater fuel consumption than its counterpart. Its rolling resistance is 10.27 kg t which is higher than its other major competitors as well.

Comfort and Noise Comparison

The noise level of Sport 4 is 71.6 dB that is being generated when particles of the air get captured between the spaces of the tread blocks. These particles of air move in a back and forth or side to side direction striking with the walls of grooves, thus, producing noise.

P Zero tire due to its slightly wider grooves has a higher sound level of 73.5 dB, thus, producing more noise when moving at a high speed on a dry road.

Durability and Treadwear Differences

Sport 4 is developed from a hybrid aramid and a belt made up of nylon to increase its built strength and quality. Sport 4 despite having a higher contact patch due to better-built quality decreases the wearing of tread. This makes the durability of the tire extremely high when compared to its rival, thereby prolonging its life.

The internal structure of P Zero comprises two steel belts forced through polyamide cord plies to enhance its high-speed capability and handling. However, when the mileage of P Zero is compared with the Sport 4, it falls way short of expectation.

Price Differences

Sport 4 due to its more overall dominant performance is higher priced than P Zero. This is because of its better-built quality and strength making it more durable. And, also the better performance of the tire for both dry and wet conditions. P Zero is equally competent in terms of performance but due to lesser mileage and lower durability, it is a bit cheaper. Sport 4 has way better value for money than P Zero making it extremely economical and cost-effective.

Quick Summary

  • Both of the under-discussion tires are max-performance summer tires.
  • The dry grip of Sport 4 is better than P Zero.
  • The grip in wet conditions of P Zero is slightly better.
  • Sport 4 tire has a closed shoulder design that allows it to have better handling for dry conditions.
  • Due to the presence of deep shoulder grooves in Sport 4, the tire also has better handling in wet conditions as well.
  • The presence of deeper sipes in Sport 4 allows it to have better-hydroplaning resistance.
  • The durability of Sport 4 is also high due to its better-built strength.
  • P Zero tire is cheaper than Sport 4 due to its lower mileage and durability.