Pirelli P Zero Review
There are a very few names in the tire industry that are synonymous with performance, but the P Zero is one of them.
- World-class dry grip
- Predictable handling
- Pricing is actually decent
- Absolutely massive selection of sizes
- Short tread life
- Wet weather traction could be better
Designed originally as a factory fitment for vehicles like the Audi R8, Ferrari 599 and Lamborghini Murcielago, the Pirelli P Zero has gown into a full line of tires for numerous luxury sedans, sports cars and now plenty of SUVs as well.
As a max performance summer tire, it’s designed to deliver outstanding performance in the dry and wet, but should not be used in near-freezing temperatures (below 45 Fahrenheit).
The tread compound is made of a silica and carbon black compound thats designed to deliver maximum grip in the dry, maintain that level of performance in the wet and still offer decent tire life. In the dry, there’s essentially zero complaints; in fact, quite the opposite. Owners report being thrilled by the tire’s grip, fantastic braking performance and predictability at the limit.
The S-shape of the tread is designed to deliver maximum traction under all performance conditions and resist degradation. High speed stability and turn-in responsiveness come as a result of three massively thick center tread sections, while the at-the-limit predictability is due in many respects to the massively wide outside tread section. This design is quite unique in the industry in that rather than there being many shoulder tread blocks, it’s really just one consistent piece of tread with slits in it.
Silica-infused tread compounds are often lauded for their ability to maintain traction in the wet. On this tire, results are mixed with many owners not thrilled. The low profile tread is party to blame here, as is that shoulder tread design which doesn’t clear water as effectively.
Where this tire looses the most marks to its rivals like the Michelin Sport Sport is in tire life. Many owners report just 15,000 miles on a set. While that’s not unexpected Michelin owners tend to not have the same level of complaints and get around 20,000 miles on a set.
In addition to this tire’s world-class performance it’s also available with a runf-flat option. Additional sizes marked as PNCS come with the Pirelli Noise Cancelling System, in which an additional layer of foam is added to the inside of the tire to absorb road noise.
Pirelli P Zero Price
Pricing for the Pirelli P Zero ranges from around $200 to roughly $350 depending on the size and fitment.
Pirelli P Zero Warranty
As a max performance summer tire, Pirelli does not offer a tread life warranty on the P Zero.
It is backed by the brand’s standard limited warranty that covers replacement for defects in the first 2/32-inch of treadwear or first year of ownership, whichever comes first. After that point, Pirelli will replace defective tires on a pro rated basis for up to six years.
Pirelli P Zero Sizes