Boasting new dual-compound technology derived from its latest racing exploits, the Power RS also has a new patented carcass construction that is claimed to allow excellent straight-line stability as well as increased confidence at extreme lean angles. Interestingly, the new compounds and carcass have permitted Michelin to actually decrease the amount of “softer” compound on the shoulder of both front and rear tire compared to the previous Pilot Power 3 tire. For example, while the Pilot Power 3 tire has a 25%/50%/25% ratio of soft/standard compound makeup of the tread for both front and rear tires, the new Power RS has a ratio of 16%/68%/16% soft/standard compound makeup for the front tread, and a 23%/54%/23% compound coverage makeup for the rear tread. And yet Michelin says the Power RS is 3.5 seconds quicker per lap on a BMW S 1000 RR at the Spanish Cartegena and French Ladoux and Fontanges circuits than the Pilot Power 3.
The Power RS will be available in 13 different sizes (four front, nine rear) to cover a broad range of sportbikes, for everything from 300cc to large-displacement machines (and yes, there's even a 240 for you fat-tire custom sportbike fans). Prices are to be announced, and the tire will be available starting around the beginning of 2017.