Founded in 1872, Pirelli is one of the world’s strongest tyre brands. The company is a leader in the premium sector of the international market. It is known for a commitment to technology and research. An enormous involvement in Formula 1 and other levels of motorsport underpins the development of its tyres.
Among the premium tyres from Pirelli is the P Zero, which is factory-fitted original equipment for many sports and luxury cars. It features an asymmetric tread pattern for improved and even wear. Three solid central ribs mean optimised contact with the road, while large rigid blocks on the outer shoulder increase handling and steering response. ‘A’-rated for wet grip, this tyre is particularly suitable for drivers of sporty cars who demand high levels of performance. It is a popular fitting for many premium and sports vehicles including BMW and Mercedes-Benz models in particular.
The P Zero is also a popular tyre for high-performance SUVs and 4x4s which are not used for off-road driving. Drivers of 4x4s and SUVs which do spend some time in off-road environments should consider Pirelli’s Scorpion range. This features a range of formats for different proportions of on-road and off-road use.
A more all-round performer is Pirelli’s P1 Cinturato Verde. This tyre is designed for a comfortable ride and high mileages. An innovative tread pattern design offers increased stability and safety in both wet and dry conditions. This tyre is designed to offer low rolling resistance, meaning lower fuel consumption and reduced Carbon Dioxide emissions. As such, this tyre is ‘B’-rated for both wet grip and fuel economy under the EU labelling regulations. This makes it a popular premium brand choice for many drivers of smaller and medium-sized cars.
The P7 Cinturato is another Pirelli tyre which is a good option for everyday driving. It is particularly suitable for medium- and high-powered cars. It is available in a range of fitments, including run-flat tyres. It is also made in formats specifically approved by particular marques, including BMW, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. This tyre offers a comfortable driving experience with good steering response and cornering control. Its four longitudinal grooves ensure good protection against aquaplaning and gain it a ‘B’-rating for wet grip.