Pirelli Scorpion ATR Review
As you’d expect from Pirelli, its off-road tire does an excellent job tackling rocks, mud and more. Plus, on-road grip is beyond expectations. Unfortunately tread life is quite short on these tires.
Pirelli Scorpion ATR Review
The Pirelli Scorpion ATR is a serious all-terrain tire with on-road civility, backed by one of the best brands in the business.
- Huge selection of sizes
- Reasonable price for a premium tire
- Superior on-road performance for an all-terrain tire
- Not as aggressive off-road as some competitors
Pirelli isn’t know for its off-road tires, so the Scorpion ATR might not be the first choice for truck or SUV owners.
The tread design of this tire is unlike that of other all-terrain tires, with more tread and less void than we normally see. Still, Pirelli’s engineers managed to deliver something that delivers impressive grip in mud, dirt and gravel.
The curved central grooves help the tread to gain grip on surfaces that are irregular. It also works to spit out mud and small stones, helping keep that grip and prevent against premature tire wear. (One of the biggest causes of premature tire wear is rocks stuck the tread that then cause the tire to wear at an uneven rate).
Two circumferential grooves near the outside of the tire look to be completely smooth, but upon closer inspection you can see how they actually have an irregular wavy pattern to them. The overall connectivity of that groove helps to expel water on-road, while the wavy pattern makes sure there are additional edged to help grip surfaces off-road – a clever invention.
For off-road durability, the tire’s side wall is reinforced to maintain structure against impacts, while also helping to prevent side punctures from sharp rocks on the trail.
In terms of on-road performance, the Scorpion ATR performs well above most all-terrain tires. This is due in part to the large exterior tread blocks that provide plenty of cornering capability. Plus there’s also the large amount of tread touching the ground in the middle of the tire, as well as the center section of the tire that’s fully connected, giving great on-center driving feel, but also superior grip.
Recently Pirelli upped the milage guarantee warranty on the tire from 40,000 miles to 50,000 miles, which is really just passable for an all-terrain tire these days. We expect to see closer to 55,000 miles as a guarantee for even the most hard-core off-road capable tires, while more on-road focused ATs can see up to 65,000 miles. Overall tread life is a common complaint amongst owners. In this respect, Pirelli could do better.
Overall, we recommend the Scorpion ATR for those who are shopping for an all-terrain tire, but who actually want a higher level of on-road performance for their truck or SUV.
Pirelli Scorpion ATR Price
Pricing for the Pirelli Scorpion ATR ranges from approximately $130 per tire for a 15-inch diameter fitment and goes up to almost $400 per tire for a 20-inch size.
Pirelli Scorpion ATR Warranty
The Pirelli Scorpion ATR comes backed by a 50,000 mile limited treadwear warranty.
In addition, it’s backed by the brand’s limited warranty that covers defects in workmanship and materials for the first year or 2/32-inch of treadwear. During that period, Pirelli will replace the tire free of charge (including balancing and mounting). After that period and down to the last 2/32-inch of treadwear, Pirelli will replace defective tires on a pro-rated basis (with mounting and balancing costs covered by the owner). Pirelli does not list a time period when that warranty expires.
Pirelli Scorpion ATR Sizes