By Andrew Williams,
The continued growth of the 4×4 market in the UK has prompted Pirelli to release a new range of tyres designed to meet the needs of drivers of high-performance SUV?s such as the BMW X3 and the Porsche Cayenne.
The new Scorpion range includes the Scorpion Zero Assimetrico, an ultra-high performance tyre manufactured using Pirelli?s MIRS process. This is a low-profile tyre, available in V, W and Y speed ratings, and it has recently been adopted as an approved fitment for the new Range Rover Sport.
The Scorpion P Zero Rosso is another premium-performance tyre developed from the successful P Zero. Available with W and Y speed ratings, it offers high performance and low noise levels. It features an asymmetric design with continuous grooves, wide ribs and full shoulders, which gives a high contact pressure and excellent water dispersal, making it ideal in both wet and dry conditions. The Scorpion P Rosso Zero is offered as a fitment on the Porsche Cayenne.
The Scorpion STR is a versatile, all-season tyre with a high load-index, designed to deal with the pressures of heavier, more powerful vehicles. It offers durability, precise handling and a fast, comfortable ride. Off-road performance is particularly good, and the tyre performs well in both wet and dry conditions. The Scorpion STR is fitted as original equipment on the BMW X3.
The fourth tyre in the range is the Scorpion Zero. Pirelli describe this tyre as a ?state of the art, on/off-road, ultra-high performance product for the latest generation of off-roaders?. It is an approved fitment for the new Range Rover Discovery, and is available with H, V and Y speed ratings.
Pirelli?s new range offers a number of other off-road options including high-performance winter tyres offering extra traction. Scorpion Ice & Snow tyres are made using a tyre tread compound that remains flexible at low temperatures, resulting in enhanced grip and controlled handling in icy, winter conditions. The circumferential grooves give excellent water dispersal, reducing the risk of aqua-planing in wet and slushy conditions, and the angled tread-blocks, with lateral sipes give enhanced grip in snow.
This new range of tyres from Pirelli offer owners of high-performance SUV?s the reassurance of safety coupled with tremendous handling characteristics.