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NT-01 seems a good choice, besides for he got a short distance work.
I don't recommend NT-01 for street use. The sidewall is marked "FOR COMPETITION ONLY". The tread design is very poor for rain due to very large shoulder blocks and very few grooves.

NT-01's are find on the track in light rain, but will hydroplane on city streets/freeways with any significant water coverage. They also will not have much longevity due to the soft compound. If you want to use NT-01's on the track, get a second set of wheels.

If your buddy has never been on the track, he's better off with street tires. For a number of reasons, I would not advise moving up to this level of grip until he has significant track experience. There are several posts that talk about track days for newbies.
 

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MPS4S - Mich makes a version that's not N Spec https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Pilot+Sport+4S&frontTire=335YR0PS4SXL&rearTire=635YR0PS4SXL&vehicleSearch=true&fromCompare1=yes&autoMake=Porsche&autoYear=2016&autoModel=Cayman S&autoModClar=

and one this is N Spec https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Pilot+Sport+4S&frontTire=335YR0PS4SXLN0&rearTire=635YR0PS4SXLN0&vehicleSearch=true&fromCompare1=yes&autoMake=Porsche&autoYear=2016&autoModel=Cayman S&autoModClar=

The price difference about $80. I wonder if there's any difference between the two? My 16 CS has run though the PZeros (29K miles) on it. If there truely is a differnce, then $80 is nothing. If there is no real difference, then I'd spend the $80 elsewhere.

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I know you hear how it has to be N rated and it's only $80 but I have never purchased N tires for my replacements in my 7 Porsche's in 25 years and it can run a lot more than at times.
 

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Michelin. Over the past 30 years, I've used Goodyear, Dunlop, Firestone, Bridgestone and Michelin. Only the Michelin's have come close to wear/longevity predictions. All new tires are quieter than old/worn tires. I put Dunlops on my '85 Mustang GT and I loved those tires, but they wore quickly.

I'm looking for 18" rims for my 981 CS, but Michelin doesn't make 265/45R18 in the PS4S :(
 

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Why are locked into 265/45-18 , you have to have that size. But wait a minute, a 981 never came 18 or 45’s wouldn’t have been 45’s anyway but 35’s. 265/35-20 rear 235/35-20 front.
 

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Why are locked into 265/45-18 , you have to have that size. But wait a minute, a 981 never came 18 or 45’s wouldn’t have been 45’s anyway but 35’s. 265/35-20 rear 235/35-20 front.
The original poster is not locked into that size as he stated 19" wheels.

I hijacked with the 265/45R18 topic. My interest in 265/45R18 is the added sidewall height as compared to the 265/40R19 that my Cayman S has on it now. 981 Base models, standard rubber is 235/45R18 Front, 265/45R18 rear. For everyday use, the taller sidewall will make the ride somewhat more compliant. While the 265/45R18 tire has taller sidewall, the circumference is virtually the same as the 265/40R19 tires, so ride height will not be impacted.
 

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Got it and yes added sidewall will help ride but not performance. I take it you have 18" looking to replace tires on ?
Looking at Michelins complete line of tires:
PS4s best choice would be 255/45-18 or SS 265/40-18
If you can go to 19" you have 255/45-19 in SS or PS A/S 3+
In 20" 265/45-20 in PS A/S 3+
While I think Michelins are the best my next choice would Continental's but I didn't research them.
 

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The original poster is not locked into that size as he stated 19" wheels.

I hijacked with the 265/45R18 topic. My interest in 265/45R18 is the added sidewall height as compared to the 265/40R19 that my Cayman S has on it now. 981 Base models, standard rubber is 235/45R18 Front, 265/45R18 rear. For everyday use, the taller sidewall will make the ride somewhat more compliant. While the 265/45R18 tire has taller sidewall, the circumference is virtually the same as the 265/40R19 tires, so ride height will not be impacted.
I have a 981 CS with 235/40R19 front and 265/49R19 that currently has GY F1 that I will upgrade to PS4S for summer use. I am also planning a cross country road trip that may get into cooler weather so an all weather, smooth riding and quiet tire is important. I would also use these for my winter tires for cold weather but I would not drive in snow so all weather high performance tires would work.

I had a long conversation with Tire Rack and he gave me some suggestions and options on 18” wheel/tire packages with high performance all season tires. The wheels would be OZ Alleggerita HLT that are light weight to improve ride (unsprung weight) 17.4# front and 18.75# rear. Good Year Eagle Sport All Season has the correct 235/45R19 and 265/45R18 but not the best at comfort and ride. The PS A/S 3+ is a superior tire but would have to be a 225/45ZR18 and 255/45ZR18. The PS would slightly reduce ride height but he felt that would be the best choice to my needs. The tire/wheel package complete including TPMS would be about $3K.
Jim
 

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One of conclusions I included in my prior post, glad TireRack agrees with me.
 

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Got it and yes added sidewall will help ride but not performance. I take it you have 18" looking to replace tires on ?
Looking at Michelins complete line of tires:
PS4s best choice would be 255/45-18 or SS 265/40-18
If you can go to 19" you have 255/45-19 in SS or PS A/S 3+
In 20" 265/45-20 in PS A/S 3+
While I think Michelins are the best my next choice would Continental's but I didn't research them.
I actually have 19" wheels with Michelin PS4S tires. I would like to get 18" wheels to put OEM size rubber on for day to day ride comfort and keep the 19" for the track. I fully understand the ride vs performance tradeoff of taller sidewalls.

Michelin makes Pilot MXM4 in 265/45VR18. V-rating will be sufficient for road use. I'm sure they don't handle as well as PS4S, but they should wear better.
 

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I have a 981 CS with 235/40R19 front and 265/49R19 that currently has GY F1 that I will upgrade to PS4S for summer use. I am also planning a cross country road trip that may get into cooler weather so an all weather, smooth riding and quiet tire is important. I would also use these for my winter tires for cold weather but I would not drive in snow so all weather high performance tires would work.

I had a long conversation with Tire Rack and he gave me some suggestions and options on 18” wheel/tire packages with high performance all season tires. The wheels would be OZ Alleggerita HLT that are light weight to improve ride (unsprung weight) 17.4# front and 18.75# rear. Good Year Eagle Sport All Season has the correct 235/45R19 and 265/45R18 but not the best at comfort and ride. The PS A/S 3+ is a superior tire but would have to be a 225/45ZR18 and 255/45ZR18. The PS would slightly reduce ride height but he felt that would be the best choice to my needs. The tire/wheel package complete including TPMS would be about $3K.
Jim
I've looked at the ALLEGGERITA HLT as well. I like the wheel and the offsets are favorable.
 

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Never heard of "Michelin makes Pilot MXM4 in 265/45VR18. V-rating"
Now that I think of it this a regular passenger tire I think I had them on one of Chevy's - long wearing street not a performance tire.
Anyone else have experience with them ??
 

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My 2014 Base cane with the Goodyear F1s. They were long-lasting ..... when it was time to replace them the PS4S was out but not in the 19” size so I went with the Contis at Tire Rack’s suggestion which are great. Cone replacement, I’ll go to Costco for the PS4S.
 

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They have PS4s in 235/35-19 non Porsche, 235/40-19 in N0 but only non Porsche for rears, You have multi choice of 265/30 35 or 40-19 plenty of choices and so little money, right !
 

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Believe it or not you can get N-Spec Michelin PS4's from Costco no less with 100 off when they run the deal. A little over 1300 out the door with Nitrogen fill and insurance. Hard to beat. I had the Goodyears as well,,,, BIG difference.
 
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