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Tires

Pirelli P-Zero
 
Approximate retail price:
$177
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.
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About - Pirelli P-Zero

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:
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.

Dry handling:
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:
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
info Speed rating Y
info Treadwear warranty None
info UTQG treadwear 220
info UTQG traction AA
info UTQG temperature A
info Size tested 225/40R18
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User Reviews - Pirelli P-Zero
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1.0
Flaky!
5/5/2014
Pros
Cons
Handling
Tread life
Value
Best Uses
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
3.0
Great Traction, too firm and noisy
4/13/2014
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Wet grip
Cons
Noise
Ride comfort
Best Uses
Comment:
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.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
Working well so far
9/27/2013
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Noise
Wet grip
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
Overall very pleased with tires and their intended design. For daily driving they are everything I expected in a street performance summer tire. I am not expecting to get 40,000 miles out of these tires and would consider myself luck to do so. I have used these tires at the track (very pleased), strip (not pleased), long distance (extremely pleased), and around town (pleased). I enjoy running my car hard and am very comfortable with these tires and how they are performing so far.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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