2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test


2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Tire Wear Update

March 21, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

I hypothesized way back last year, long before we got number 23, that the Stingray wears its front tires faster than it wears its rears, an unusual trait for a rear-drive car this powerful and a sure sign of a genuinely balanced sports car.

It looks like I was right.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

As of this writing our Stingray has almost exactly 16,000 miles on the clock. Figuring about 4,600 of those miles were earned to Detroit and back when the car was fitted with snow tires, our Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP tires have about 11,400 miles on them. And, as predicted, the front tires are more worn than the rears.

The uppermost photo here shows the wear indicators on the inside of the right front tire. The lower photo shows the wear indicators on the inside of the left rear tire.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ 15,923 miles

Comments

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    That's interesting. Do the fronts wear more because they are narrower? When I had my Mustang, with unidirectional but non-staggered sizes, all four wore at the same rate. (Of course, I rotated them somewhat regularly). When I swapped to staggered sizes, the fronts wore a little more quickly.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Interesting. I think degree of wear on all of these tires (not fronts compared to rears) is due to a combo of high-performance summer tires and run-flats. Have never, ever seen an instance in which the ZP version of any tire wears as long as its conventional counterpart.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    Well, only one thing you can do. Run an uncontested burnout contest next month to finish off the rears, and say goodbye to over $1500 as you replace the set.

  • christople christople Posts:

    The last time I remember seeing a post about tire tread was the old Pontiac G8 you guys had and how even the rears wore out.

  • marmotking marmotking Posts:

    @noburgers FTW! Genius! Film at 11...

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