Michelin(R) Pilot(R) Sport PS2(TM) ZP Tire Introduces a New Level of Performance for Corvette Owners and Enthusiasts

GREENVILLE, S.C., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Recognized as the tire brand of choice for the world's greatest supercars, Michelin is introducing the Pilot(R) Sport PS2(TM) ZP tire, now available for the Corvette C5, C6Z06 as a plus-one fitment and additional sizes for the C6 model in October. The ultra-high performance tire combines Michelin's latest Zero Pressure(TM) technology with race-proven, yet road-worthy capabilities to maximize the performance of a true American sportscar.

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An ultra-high performance summer tire, the new Pilot Sport PS2 ZP tire evolves from the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 family of low-profile, Z-rated tires. The Pilot Sport PS2 ZP tire offers all the impressive performance characteristics of Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires, plus run-flat capability. It also delivers comfort levels similar to those of standard Pilot Sport PS2 tires, while delivering improved cornering control, thanks to an advanced sidewall and variable contact patch technology.

Featuring a unique, asymmetric tread pattern and a highly-customized tread compound, the Pilot Sport PS2 ZP tire delivers an astonishing level of wet and dry performance for crisp cornering and high-speed capability. The asymmetric tread design presents large outer shoulder blocks and continuous intermediate and center ribs to enhance steering response and cornering stability. The inner lining tread design features a higher groove to rubber ratio with wide circumferential grooves and lateral notches that help channel water through the footprint to enhance wet road traction. In addition, the Pilot Sport PS2 ZP features excellent tread life similar to the standard Michelin Pilot Sport PS2, without sacrificing performance.

"The Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP tire sets the standard for what an ultra-high performance run-flat tire can do," said Nicolas Goubert, brand category manager, Michelin North America. "For Corvette enthusiasts seeking top performance and excellent wear life from their supercars, the Pilot Sport PS2 ZP tire is the only choice, providing precision handling and control in high-speed cornering and maximized grip in both wet and dry conditions without sacrificing the ride."

Available on Aug. 1, 2008, replacement tire sizes for the Corvette C5 include:

245/45ZR17 95Y Pilot Sport 2 ZP
275/40ZR18 99Y Pilot Sport 2 ZP

Available on Aug. 1, 2008, replacement tire sizes (as a plus-one fitment) for the Corvette C6Z06 include:

P285/35ZR19 (87Y) Pilot Sport 2 ZP
P335/30ZR20 (94Y) Pilot Sport 2 ZP

Available in Oct. 2008, replacement tire sizes for the Corvette C6 will include:

245/40ZR18 93Y Pilot Sport 2 ZP
285/35ZR19 99Y Pilot Sport 2 ZP

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks, motorcycles and the space shuttle. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (http://www.michelin-us.com) employs more than 22,300 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants in 17 locations.

For more information, visit http://www.michelinmedia.com or contact:

Lynne Slovick
Michelin North America, Inc.
office: 1 864 458 6365
mobile: 1 864 561 9914

Eric Booth
Hill & Knowlton
office: 1 949 223 2330
mobile: 1 562 252 6036
e-mail: eric.booth@hillandknowlton.com

offer comfort levels near those of the standard PS2 tires while delivering improved cornering control, thanks to an advanced sidewall and Variable Contact Patch technology.

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