Let’s get into the Pirelli vs Michelin debate by looking into the performance of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 vs Michelin Premier A/S.
There is no clear winner between the two tires because both are able performers in wet and dry roads.
Pirelli’s Cinturato P7 is an ultra high-performance summer tire that can minimize road noise and environmental impact, while Michelin’s Premier A/S is a grand touring tire that can be more comfortably driven and has a better warranty. However, Michelin is slightly more expensive.
|Noise/Comfort/ Ride Quality||Low Noise, Smooth Ride||Better|
|Snow and Ice||Usable but not recommended||Usable in Light Snow|
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What Are They?
1. Pirelli Cinturato P7
Pirelli Cinturato P7 is an eco-friendly ultra high performance summer tire released in 2009. Pirelli launched a new tire with the same name in 2020. To avoid confusion, some add the P7C2 code to refer to the most recent Cinturato P7 model.
The new Cinturato P7 (P7C2) are equipped with all of the following technologies:
- Run flat – enable tire mobility even after a puncture
- Pirelli Noise Cancelling technology (PNCS)- reduce tread noise by absorbing sound
- Seal Inside- prevents air from leaking out after a puncture
- Elect- sidewall branding for high-performance EVs
The Cinturato P7 was the first Pirelli tire to promote “Green performance” by using an asymmetric tread pattern made of modern polymers that can lessen rolling resistance. As a result, the Cinturato P7 can prolong tread life, reduce C02 emissions, and save fuel.
2. Michelin Premier A/S
Michelin’s Premier A/S is a grand touring all season tire that was released in 2014. It provides all-season capability and tire longevity through Michelin EverGrip technology.
The tire’s tread is made of large amounts of silica and sunflower oil with additional grooves on the tire’s circumference and shoulders for aquaplaning resistance and increased grip in wet and cold conditions.
Based on consumer feedback on Tire Rack, the Premier A/S was rated excellent in comfort, wet and dry conditions. However, some complained that the road noise was not tolerable.
If you are worried about the Premier A/S discontinued production (there are some reports of its limited distribution), looking for a Michelin Premier A/S alternative should be easy.
Differences : Pirelli Cinturato P7 and Michelin Premier A/S
Here’s a quick rundown of their workmanship details.
|Specifications||Pirelli Cinturato P7||Michelin Premier A/S|
|Tire Type||Ultra-high performance summer||Grand touring all-season|
|Vehicle||Sport coupes and sedans||Coupes, sedans, and minivans|
|Tire Size Examined||225/60R17||225/60R17|
|Tire Size Range||15-19||15-18|
|Tread Depth||10/32 inches||9/32 inches|
|Speed rating||99 V||99 H|
|UTQG||260 AA A||640 AA|
Michelin’s Premier A/S has brand support of 60,000 miles, which is similar to the mileage promise of the Michelin Premier LTX, another all-season tire.
It was often compared to the Bridgestone Turanza Quiettrack, which has a warranty of 80,000 miles. And surprisingly, the treadwear potential of the Premier A/S can also last up to 80,000 miles.
On the other hand, although the Pirelli Cinturato P7 does not offer any treadwear warranty, it works well in short and long distances and can be driven on long trips. It’s been said to last for 70,000 miles.
When you compare the Cinturato P7 with other brands’ UHP tires, its overall score is 91%. Meanwhile, among grand touring tires, including the Michelin Primacy line, Michelin’s Premier A/S obtained 89%.
The consumer feedback (as shown in the table below) for the Michelin Premier A/S vs Pirelli Cinturato P7 is surprising in three categories – dry and snow performance.
- Cinturato P7, a UHP summer tire, was expected to score higher than the Premier A/S in dry roads, but the Michelin tire had a slight advantage.
- The Premier A/S was designed to handle light snow through EverGrip technology; Cinturato P7, turned out, can perform similarly despite not being made for cold weather.
Both tires are able performers on wet roads. However, the Premier A/S is more comfortable with about as much road noise as the Cinturato P7.
|Factors||Pirelli Cinturato P7||Michelin Premier A/S|
Michelin’s Premier A/S is slightly more expensive than the Pirelli P7.
|Pirelli Cinturato P7||From $114.96|
|Michelin Premier A/S||From $148.99|
Pros and Cons
Pirelli Cinturato P7
- Eco-friendly and fuel saving
- Has run-flat tire options
- Competitive grip in wet and dry conditions
- Shorter tread life
Michelin Premier A/S
- Wear life potential up to 80,000 miles
- Excellent traction in wet and dry roads
- Usable in light snow
- Fewer tire sizes available
Are Pirelli Cinturato P7 quiet tires?
Yes. Pirelli’s Cinturato P7 is generally quiet because it was built with Pirelli Noise Canceling technology. Some attest that it has low road noise on the highway.
How long do Pirelli Cinturato P7 run flat last?
Pirelli’s Cinturato P7 run flat model has a treadwear rating of 260, which means that it wears out fast, but is decent enough to provide temporary mobility up to 50 mph (80 km at 80km/h) after cracking.
Is Pirelli better than Michelin?
Pirelli is better than Michelin if you are looking for an all-season tire that can beat the Michelin Crossclimate 2, and that is the Scorpion AS Plus 3. However, when it comes to overall tire selection, longer tread life, and road silence, Michelin wins by a hair.
What is the difference between Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S and P7 A/S Plus ii?
The P7 All Season Plus II is an updated version of Cinturato’s P7 All Season. This grand touring all-season tire showcases a lower weight, reduced rolling resistance, better wet braking power and year-round grip than the P7 All Season because it is made of an enhanced tread compound and internal construction.
The results of Pirelli Cinturato P7 vs Michelin Premier A/S comparisons showed that one’s satisfaction with a tire can be affected by preferences, driving habits, plus road and weather conditions.
Even though the Cinturato P7 was somewhat usable in light snow conditions, I wouldn’t recommend taking chances on it during winter, since it was engineered for high speed performance in warm weather.
Hence, if you’re after all-season performance, the Premier A/S would be more reliable. For those interested in Pirelli’s all-season tires, the Cinturato All Season Plus is worth a look.