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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: New Tires

May 9, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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...

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Mike Magrath (@Mike_Magrath), Features Editor @ 18,095 miles


Comments

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Man, I'm glad I have wimpy tire sizes for autoX. One rear tire would almost buy a new set of 4.

  • speed6er_ speed6er_ Posts:

    Tirerack has a lot of options in this size for significantly less money. $1700 bucks is crazy.

  • cobryson cobryson Posts:

    http://www.tirerack.com/tires/TireSearchResults.jsp?customSizeSearch=true&performance=ALL&frontWidth=245%2F&frontRatio=35&frontDiameter=19&rearWidth=285%2F&rearRatio=30&rearDiameter=20 There you go, 10 other options, all cheaper. What's the real explanation?

  • cobryson cobryson Posts:

    OK, so that link didn't work (where did the new comment system go??), but you get the point.

  • s197gt s197gt Posts:

    the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position available from the tire rack would have probably given you 90+% of the performance for 60% (or thereabouts) of the price. they tested well against the pilot super sports in tire rack's testing.

  • As Cobryson mentioned, spending about 10 seconds resulted in 11 matches. So what's the deal here with "we found absolutely nothing"?

  • zman49 zman49 Posts:

    Wow, so tire costs for a Vet are over 15 cents a mile (including the taxes and install).

  • explorerx4 explorerx4 Posts:

    Tire rack has a set of 4 for the Z51 for under $1100 before shipping.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I would still get Pilot Super Sports, but not the ZP crap. Save $100 per front, $120 per rear - and they're just better tires. The $440 I save will pay for a lot of flatbed service in the event I need to be rescued. And remember, the only instance in which ZP tires will be any help is just a simple, small puncture - you hit something in the road and take a big chunk out of a ZP tire, you're not going anywhere.

  • cx7lover cx7lover Posts:

    $100 cheaper in a few hours would have sent me to the valley Then again, having a set of Bridgestone S-04 PP tires on my '14 M6 would have me choosing them over paying nearly double for tires that perform only slightly better.

  • opfreak opfreak Posts:

    is it really 13k miles on these tires? or is it more like 7k because the trip to Detroit was on winter tires? This sites editors/writers quality seems to be going down.

  • cobryson cobryson Posts:

    It's a 2-way street, @opfreak. Read closely-13,000 miles on the tires, ~18,000 on the car. There's your discrepancy.

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