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Pirelli’s Scorpion Winter tyre wins latest comparative test


Pirelli’s Scorpion Winter tyre has won the latest comparative test held by German off-road magazine, Auto Bild Allrad, acclaimed as ‘best performer’ in the wet handling, dry braking and rolling resistance categories. It was also ‘highly commended’ for dry braking, snow handling and wet handling performance.

Scorpion Winter in Russia

Another German magazine, Auto Zeitung, additionally highlighted its capabilities ‘on snow as well as on dry roads’. The Pirelli Scorpion Winter claimed a clean sweep of wins among the German magazines that assessed it, in 235/60 R18 size, on an Audi Q5 and a Volvo XC60.

The Pirelli Scorpion Winter, launched in 2012, immediately took a top score from Germany’s renowned TÜV SÜD when they first tested it, named as best in class when it came to every aspect of performance on snow: braking, traction and handling.

Now six winters on from its launch, Scorpion Winter is still a category leader. Pirelli says that it was designed to deliver maximum performance and safety to modern SUVs and crossovers, especially within the premium segment, paying particular attention to downhill braking on low-grip surfaces, as well as cornering. This allowed maximum control over the car’s performance.

Scorpion Winter in Russia

These types of vehicle often put out plenty of power and torque, and so require the highest amounts of traction and grip available. Scorpion Winter is also available with all of Pirelli’s main specialities: PNCS, which decreases in-car rolling noise, Run Flat – which allows drivers to carry on to the nearest tyre dealer even after a puncture – and Seal Inside; technology that self-repairs a tyre.

Pirelli Scorpion winter

Pirelli says that the qualities of its Scorpion Winter have been underlined by the world’s top car manufacturers who have chosen it as OE, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Tesla, Volkswagen, and Volvo.

In total, the company says that its Scorpion Winter has received 131 homologations, including 110 marked homologations (with a symbol denoting each manufacturer it is made for on the sidewall) for 46 different car models. The range of tyres available, from 16 to 22 inches, covers 85 per cent of the market and 90 per cent of the sizes above 18 inches, where Pirelli has its main focus.

Underlining the relevance of this product to the latest technologies, Pirelli adds that its winter tyres have also obtained homologations on the newest electric cars, such as the Jaguar I-Pace, the Mercedes EQC and the Tesla Model X. The same family of tyres is also fitted to the most sporting SUVs on the market, such the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and the Lamborghini Urus.