I agree with much of that, although I don't reckon the Contis are quite that
I'm sure I've said this on here before, but I reckon the 4000S is nothing more than a nice-ish training tyre, and it really surprises me that it performs well on the rolling resistance tests. In fact, it's so ordinary-feeling, that I stopped using them as front training tyres, because I prefer something nicer under my hands. Many people, whose opinion I respect, consider them the best thing since stretch denim. ??? I just use them as training rears and as rears at some races that I ride to.
The benefits are that they're affordable, easy to get, and provide decent wear and puncture protection. I've had no sidewall issues with mine; well, no more than I've had with any other tyre.
The Pro4 Service course is a little nicer, and I'm keen to try to the lighter version. Michelin seem to be very good at making good tyres, even with low TPIs.
It still pisses me off that they got rid of the Pro 2. Why do that? Most companies won't do that; they'll just make teeny tweaks to improve current designs, not wipe out a successful model and replace it with something that was arguably worse (the Pro 3). Having said that, I suspect that the Pro4 is heavily based on the Pro 2