2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: New Tires
May 9, 2014
After six-months of ownership and about 13,000 miles of driving including testing and a track day under their belts, the factory Michelin Pilot Super Sports on our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray have given up the ghost and need to be replaced.
Looks can be a bit deceiving. Visually, these tires aren't that bad. I mean, no cords, the wear bars are still bars and they're still holding air. Trust us, though, they're cooked. If it were my car, I'd leave it like this for a while and be very, very careful around puddles. Even with light pedal pressure, the 'Vette just absolutely roasts these meats. It's a blast. Grip is boring.
But grip is also safe and this car is bonkers fast, so it was straight to the phones (and Internet) to find a good price on a new set of shoes.
We weren't 100% set on replacing the tires with another set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZPs. They're expensive and they aren't easy to find, so we started fishing around.
Straying by a few MM (like we did with those winter tires) wasn't an option this time. We wanted to keep the factory 245/35ZR19 and 285/30ZR20 setup.
We found absolutely nothing. Factory tires it was, then! (Not that these tires aren't great. I mean, over a G of lateral grip, 97-foot stopping distances and 4.2-seconds to 60? That doesn't happen on crap tires.
Nobody has these things in stock yet so we passed over the cheapest price with a potential 5-day wait. We also passed over a quote $100 less than the one we went with because it was all the way out in The Valley and would take them "a few hours." Not worth it.
Ultimately, we settled on Stokes Tire Pros here in Santa Monica. The price was right, they could get the tires in one day, and would have them on the car ASAP.
Total price: $1,693.22
Front tires: 343.95 each
Rear tires: 441.95 each
Then some silly things like taxes and install. The good news is that there was also a special promotion from Michelin going on so with only a few clicks and a picture of my receipt, I got a sweet $70 rebate. Or, at least I did the paperwork to get one...
Mike Magrath (@Mike_Magrath), Features Editor @ 18,095 miles