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Summary:Summer tires set high standards for dry and wet grip, but are not designed for cold, wintry weather. They are suitable for many coupes, sedans, and sports cars. The Pirelli P Zero has no tread wear warranty.
The Pirelli P-Zero is part of the tire
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, ultra high performance summer tire
models like the P-Zero are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Dry handling includes how well the tires gripped in an avoidance maneuver involving a swerve into the left lane and back into the right lane; dry cornering grip on our skidpad; and subjective steering feel.
Wet braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
About This Brand
Pirelli is based in Milan, Italy, and it has a U.S. manufacturing plant in Rome, Ga. Pirelli caters to the high-end market with tires commonly found on luxury and sports cars. It has a stronger presence in Europe than in the United States, and yet Pirelli offers a full line of replacement tire models to fit most cars and light trucks sold in North America. It is an original equipment supplier to the domestic car manufacturers on selected car models. The Pirelli Group business sectors also include real estate, broad-band solutions, and environmental technologies. In our testing, Pirelli tires often impress us with their dry and wet grip and handling.
Features & Specs - Pirelli P-Zero
Speed rating Speed rating. This letter denotes the maximum sustainable speed and is found directly after the load index. For S-speed-rated tires, it's 112 mph; for T, 118 mph. Speed ratings for other tires include Q, 99 mph; H, 130 mph; V, 149 mph; and Z, 150 mph plus. While such speeds may seem wildly impractical, tires with higher speed ratings tend to provide better handling at legal speed limits. Choose tires that have a speed rating at least as high as the one specified on your vehicle's placard.
Treadwear warranty Commonly used by tire manufacturers to market tires, the warranty describes the typical tread life of the tire. Consumers should view the warranty an indicator of tread life only. Actual mileage will vary with vehicle type, driving style, road, and weather conditions, just to name a few variables. Nearly all treadwear warranties are based on pro-rated amount based on the usable tread worn off the tire.
UTQG treadwear UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG treadwear, an index developed by the government, compares a tire's tread life with that of a reference tire graded at 100. A tire with a grade of 300 is predicted to last three times as long as one graded at 100. Treadwear grades are just one indicator of tread life, but actual tire life will vary due to a number of factors including road conditions, driving habits, vehicle, and maintenance.
UTQG traction UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG traction indicates the tire's ability to stop on a wet surface with Government grades of AA, A, B, C, from best to worst.
UTQG temperature UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG temperature indicates the tire's ability to resist heat build-up under test conditions with Government grades of A, B, C, from best to worst.
Good tires, handle nicely and they even worked really well in an unexpected hardcore blizzard. But they wear out FAST. Bald after 13,000 of gentle highway miles.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Tires had a remarkable lack of grip after only 14,000, to the point of being unsafe, especially in wet turns. I considered replacing with another brand, but a rebate offer led me to replace the tires at 15,000 miles. Pirelli has been doing everything in its power to avoid paying out the rebate and I can only assume they're doing this to others as well. After a month of hearing NOTHING, I checked their website to see that my submission had been determined to be invalid. I never received notice of this. When I called, this began a two-week verification process of my purchase, involving half a dozen calls back and forth. This was supposedly to confirm my purchase, even though the invoice and cash register receipt were submitted with the form in the first place. Another two weeks go by, I decide to check the website again and was informed that there is no record of me and my rebate. I talked to a lady at Pirelli who located my info and said no check had issued yet, that it would take at least another month. All this leads me to believe that Pirelli is a shaky, flaky company doing its all-fired best to avoid its responsibilities.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from York, PA
Great Traction, too firm and noisy
These tires came stock on a new 2012 Buick Regal GS. As far as performance goes, breathtaking. The car really moves and sticks to the road.<br /><br />Now the downsides. The ride was very unforgiving and every seam in the road was felt as an abrupt jolt; so much so that family and friends never wanted to ride in the car for more than short distances. I also found this unacceptable with my regular 45 min. work commute. <br /><br />Noise was also unacceptable. The GS has an amazing stock HK Audio System; but it doesn't matter if you can't hear it when you are driving at 55mph. Even in the 4000 miles that I had used these tires, the noise continued to increase. I can't imagine the noise level at 10,000 miles of use. <br /><br />I'm willing to admit that a significant amount of the ride comfort may be effected by the 20 stock wheels. Maybe this would have been less noticeable with 18s. As for the noise level, I don't think this would have mattered.