The Pilot Power 3 is the big brother of the Michelin Pilot Power 2CT. It is still using dual compound technology coming in the same time with tremendous changes in the rear. They’ve transformed the way the dual compound is laid out. It is utilizing Michelin 2CT + technology which is going to present better straight-line acceleration and better longevity. A few key changes in the way the tire is laid out adds a lot of wet grip, great dry grip and an improved linear acceleration.
So if we look at it with reference to some of these changes, first thing you are going to notice is the tread pattern. The Pilot Power pure it used the fountain like tread pattern that had longitudinal grooves going down the center line of the tire. When you put grooves in your contact patch for straight-line acceleration even on a harder compound on a twin compound tire, it will not provide you with much rubber on the road and this means a much less optimized tire than it could be. So with the PP3, they made an angular tread pattern. And as you will see it on each tires, it is laid out on both transitions to aid in wet grip traction.
Another thing they made in this tire is they tried to get a few of these grooves away from the center line. And then if we look at it on both tires, the tire becomes slick as you get into the sidewall. So at lean angles in that 30 40 plus degree range you’re not optimized for grip. So that’s going to be great under braking and the rear tire will get much more contact patch when you are in hardcore lean angles out there. This tire is still dual compound and the front is a similar dual compound 2CT seen in other models using 2CT technology.
The cool thing about the 2CT technology in the tire is that the 50% more harder band down the middle underpins the outer shoulders. On the 25% softer transitional panel towards the outside of sidewall the place it gets slick again. Underneath that you are going to have the more harder compound which allows for a better stability and it is not as soft as you would expected to be. You’re getting the grip and you are getting that stability for faster lean and better responsive tire at high speed.
This tire is stealing a lot of what people loved in the Michelin Pilot Power 2CT. So look at the durability, the better handling and the increased performance of this great tire and don’t hesitate to try it out!