Pirelli Scorpion STR Review

Pirelli is one of very few brands to offer an all-season tire for trucks and SUVs that is also designed for light off-road use.

PROS

  • Extremely well-rounded
  • Decent warranty

CONS

  • Limited sizes

While many all-seasons can be used for light off-roading on vehicles with a four-wheel drive system, Pirelli doesn’t shy away from encouraging owners to leave the beaten path with this tire and get off road. In fact, it’s made to meed the demands of vehicle manufacturer’s like BMW, where it can be found as a factory-equipped tire on some of that brand’s SUVs.

Giving this tire its on-road performance is an uninterrupted center rib for an excellent highway stability and immediate turn-in response. Large shoulder blocks on the outside then help turn that lateral force into grip and hold up well when pushed.

Four circumferential grooves work to evacuate water from the tread surface and prevent hydroplaning As is common with Pirelli tires you’ll notice that the grooves closer to the center are larger to handle more of that work, while the outside ones are a bit smaller, allowing for more of the external tread area to make contact with the road for superior dry weather grip.

A silica-infused tread compound makes this tire quite versatile in offering wet weather grip while retaining it’s grip in the dry.

Where this tire’s off-road capability is evident are in the two rows of slanted tread blocks next to the center rib. These extra edges help to grip loose surfaces while plenty of extra siping helps give the tire a slight improvement in winter grip.

Overall, this tire is a extremely well-rounded. It’s a touch pricey (it is a Pirelli after all) and comes with a decent 65,000 mile tread life warranty. It’s grip in any one of the different conditions it’s designed to be used for isn’t anything to brag about. That said, we like it’s well-rounded versatility but feel like if you don’t need off-road grip, just go with a conventional all-season like the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus and if you do need regular off-road capability, then look to a highway terrain or all-terrain tire.

Pirelli Scorpion STR Price

Pricing for the Scorpion STR starts at roughly $160 per tire for a 16-inch fitment and goes up to $200 per tire for a 20-inch size.

Pirelli Scorpion STR Warranty

Pirelli backs the Scorpion STR with a 65,000 mile tread life warranty.

The brand’s standard limited warranty covers tire defects in materials and workmanship. Pirelli will replace any tire found to be defective in the first 2/32-inch tread wear or first 12 months of ownership. After that point Pirelli will replace defective tires on a pro-rated basis down to the last 2/32-inch tread wear.

Pirelli Scorpion STR Sizes

16-inch sizes
265/75/R16
265/70/R16

17-inch sizes
265/70/R17
235/55/R17

18-inch sizes
255/70/R18
235/50/R18

20-inch sizes
245/50/R20
275/55/R20