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.

PROS

  • Incredible performance on snow-packed roads
  • Excellent stopping power
  • Unique fitments for specific demands

CONS

  • 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┬áPirelli 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┬áPirelli 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

16-inch sizes
215/65/R16
265/70/R16

17-inch sizes
225/65/R17
235/65/R17
215/60/R17
245/65/R17
255/65/R17
235/60/R17
215/65/R17
265/65/R17

18-inch sizes
235/60/R18
235/55/R18
235/50/R18
255/55/R18
255/60/R18
235/65/R18
265/60/R18

19-inch sizes
225/55/R19
235/55/R19
235/50/R19
235/65/R19
255/40/R19
255/55/R19
255/50/R19
265/50/R19
275/45/R19
265/55/R19
285/45/R19
275/50/R19
295/45/R19

20-inch sizes
255/50/R20
245/45/R20
275/45/R20
275/40/R20
255/45/R20
265/45/R20
295/40/R20
285/40/R20
305/40/R20
285/45/R20
275/50/R20
295/45/R20
315/35/R20

21-inch sizes
255/40/R21
285/40/R21
275/45/R21
275/40/R21
265/40/R21
265/45/R21
295/35/R21
305/35/R21
315/40/R21
295/40/R21
285/45/R21

22-inch sizes
275/40/R22
285/45/R22
285/35/R22
275/35/R22
265/35/R22
285/40/R22
315/30/R22
325/35/R22
325/55/R22