Pirelli Scorpion Winter Review
Pirelli doesn’t often get mentioned in the winter tire discussion, but with a tire like the Scorpion Winter, it really should.
- Incredible performance on snow-packed roads
- Excellent stopping power
- Unique fitments for specific demands
- Could use more slush-evacuation features
The Pirelli Scorpion Winter isn’t just a snow tire, but a high-performance snow tire. Would you expect any less from Pirelli?
Custom made for crossovers and SUVs, with numerous extreme fitments, Pirelli is catering to owners of high-end performance machines.
The directional center tread section is quite wide here offering decent dry-road directionality, but also excellent stability and grip on snow-packed roads. Two wide circumferential grooves then work to evacuate water or slush in intermediate conditions.
Exterior shoulder tread blocks are quite wide to give this tire added dry road stability and grip, plus it’s also able to deliver next-level grip on snow thanks to innovative siping. In fact, if you look closely at the tread pattern you’ll notice that the siping runs in numerous different directions. This is all a part of Pirelli’s patented design to deliver world-class grip on snow, not just for acceleration and braking, but cornering too.
Often there’s a lot of confusion between the terms winter tire and snow tire. Technically there is no such thing as a snow tire; they are all winter tires. However, with an option like the Scorpion Winter, it really is designed to perform best on snow covered roads. That said, if you live somewhere colder but where the roads are generally clear in the winter months, there are better options like the Michelin x-Ice. But if you’re driving on snow regularly, it’s hard to beat this tire for its performance and safety when the snow starts falling.
As an extra layer of safety, Pirelli equips the Scorpion Winter with its run-flat and seal-inside technologies. As a result, if you do get a puncture, the tires can be drive on for up to 50 miles to get you where you need to go. As for the seal-inside technology, that new feature means the tire can seal itself internally in the case of a puncture, helping you avoid the problem of a flat tire in the first place.
Pirelli Scorpion Winter Price
Pricing for the Pirelli Scorpion Winter ranges extremely widely and we’ll warn you that t the higher-end, it’s a shocker. Starting at roughly $140 per tire for a 16-inch fitment, Pirelli does offer absolutely massive 22-inch low profile versions that retail for over $1,100 a piece.
Pirelli Scorpion Winter Warranty
As a winter tire, the Pirelli Scorpion Winter does not come with a mileage guarantee. It is backed by the brand’s standard limited warranty, however. This covers defects in materials and workmanship and Pirelli agrees to replace any defective tires in the first 2/32-inch of tread life or first 12 months free of charge. Pirelli will then replace, on a pro-rated basis, any defective tires discovered within the tire’s useable tread life.
Pirelli Scorpion Winter Sizes