It’s rare a new generation of tyre takes such a step forward, but that’s what Michelin have done with their sporty new Power RS.
They replace the Supersport Evo in the French firm’s range and will be available at the beginning of January in a wide-range of sizes, to suit everything from 300cc A2 licence machines to supersports, superbikes and the fat-tyred Ducati Diavel.
As you’d expect from a new evolution of tyre, profiles, construction and compounds have all been tweaked and honed. It also benefits from the added knowledge gleaned from Michelin’s new reign in MotoGP. The slightly lower-spec, but solid all-rounder Pilot Power 3 sports tyre will continue in the range.
Although the Power RS is designed for sporty road use and the occasional trackday, Michelin let us try them at the Cartagena circuit in southern Spain on a BMW S1000RR – an aggressive machine that’s demanding on tyres.
We didn’t get the chance to ride the new Power RS on the road, or in wet conditions, but once we get our hands on a pair in the New Year we’ll put them to a more real world workout. But here on track we can test Michelin’s claims of extra grip, feel, warm-up, stability and agility.
Michelin brought along a pair of Metzeler’s M7 Sportec RRs (set to Metzeler’s recommended track pressure) for us to compare the Power RS against. The German-made tyre has been at the top of MCN’s tyre tree for the past two years and was always going to take some beating. But the new Michelins are a step ahead in ultimate grip, feel and confidence on the track (see rival box-out), which is an impressive feat.
The Power RS takes a lap or two to scrub-in and come up to operating temperature from brand new. As soon as they’re good to go they feel like racing tyres compared to the Metzeler. Front grip is outstanding and you can fire into corners at silly speeds trailing the brake and still neatly make the apex.
They let you carry competition-levels of lean and on the way out of a corner the rear grip is superb, too. And when 200bhp eventually unsticks the Michelins, they drift with complete control and confidence. They’re agile, predictable and above all, make the BMW fun and easy to ride.
Such is the amount of grip available on track they’ll handle anything you’ll be able to throw at them on the road, no matter what bike you ride.
It’s not just lap records Michelin are already breaking in MotoGP, they’ve just leapfrogged the completion on the road, too.
3 benefits of the Michelin Power RS
- A big step up from previous generation tyre (Supersport Evo).
- A very high level of front dry grip and confidence into corners.
- Excellent rear dry grip and feel when the tyre slips under hard acceleration.
The rival - Metzeler M7 Sportec RR £240/pair
These have been MCN’s favourite sports tyres, since the M7 RR’s launch two years ago. They offer great dry and wet grip, mileage, light steering and load the rider with confidence.
They warm up slightly faster than the new Michelins, but the new Power RS has taken a step forward to ultimate dry grip, especially the front tyre on track. We’ll see how they perform on the road soon.
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