Pirelli P-Zero Tire Review & Rating

Whenever people start talking about high performance summer tires, Pirelli P-Zero tires are usually always mentioned in the discussion. For over 20 years now this tire remains a mainstay for owners of sports coupes, sedans and other sports cars. Why? Because Pirelli is continuously adding in new tire technology and making improvements to the tread compound and tire design.

The tread compound has been upgraded with new “nano-composites” that improve grip and provide added stability and steering response. The compound is molded into an asymmetric tread design that is both attractive and aggressive.


Pirelli P-Zero Tire Review

The tread features three longitudinal grooves, a wide circumferential groove and unique “S” sipes that combine to reduce the risk of hydroplaning on wet road surfaces, as well as give you added confidence when driving in nasty road conditions. The S sipes also help eliminate road noise, giving you a more quiet and comfortable ride.

Inside the tread are two steel belts that are reinforced with a much stronger polyamide cord ply to go along with nylon and aramid cord. The result is a more stable and stronger tread area that improves handling at higher speeds.

Pirelli has also come out with a run-flat version of the P-Zero since many drivers had been asking for one. Note: The P Zero is used as original equipment on high performance sports cars and sedans like the Mercedes S-Class AMG, Ferrari 599 GTB, Audi Quattro R8 and others.

Pros

  • Very good grip on both dry and wet surfaces
  • Steering response is excellent
  • Very low road noise
  • Riding comfort is above average

Cons

  • Tread life could be better

Overall Thoughts

The grip and performance of Pirelli P Zero tires is very good, and taking corners is enjoyable with this tire. The trade-off though is tread life. These tires tend to wear quicker than other models for those who enjoy more spirited driving, and for the money that can be disappointing.

That said, if you are a driver who takes it easier on the throttle and doesn’t light up the tires at every stoplight, you should enjoy a longer tread life and get a lot more out of them.

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What Vehicles Will The P Zero Fit?

(This is not a complete list of ALL vehicles this tire will fit)

  • Audi A4 Avant, A6
  • BMW M3, 645i, 335i, 750Li
  • Chevrolet Camaro, Impala SS
  • Chrysler 300
  • Dodge Charger
  • Ford Mustang, Focus ZX5
  • Honda Civic
  • Jaguar XJ8, XK8, XF
  • Mazda RX-7
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK55, C63 AMG, SL600
  • Nissan GT-R
  • Pontiac Bonneville GXP, Trans Am
  • Porsche 911 Carrera, Panamera 4, Cayenne, Cayman, Boxster
  • Volkswagen Golf
  • Volvo V70, XC90

Tire Sizes

17″

225/45ZR17XL 94Y BLK
235/45ZR17XL 97Y BSW

18″

225/40ZR18XL 92Y MBZ
225/40ZR18XL 92Y BLK
235/40ZR18XL 95Y MBZ
245/35R18 XL 92Y MBZ
245/40ZR18XL 97Y BLK
245/40ZR18XL 97Y MBZ
245/45ZR18 96Y AUD B
245/50R18 100Y POR B
255/35R18 XL 94Y MBZ
255/40R18 XL 99Y MBZ
255/45R18 99Y AUD B
265/35ZR18XL 97Y MBZ
275/45R18 103Y POR B
285/35R18 97Y MBZ B

19″

225/35R19XL 88YVW BW
235/35ZR19XL 91Y MCL
235/35ZR19XL 91Y LAM
235/35R-19 XL 91Y VW
245/35ZR19XL 93Y BMW
245/40ZR19XL 98Y JAG
245/40ZR-19 94Y FER
255/35R19 XL 96Y MBZ
255/35R19XL 96Y AUD
255/35ZR19XL 96Y MBZ
255/35ZR19XL 96Y AM
255/40ZR19 96W VW B
255/40R19 XL 100Y BW
255/40R19XL 100Z FRD
255/45R19 XL 104Y BW
265/30ZR19XL 93Y BLK
265/35ZR19XL 98Y BMW
265/50R19XL 110Y POR
275/35ZR19XL100Y JAG
275/40ZR19XL105Y JAG
285/30ZR19XL 98Y MBZ
285/30R19 XL 98Y MBZ
285/35R19XL 103Y FRD
295/30ZR19XL100Y LAM
295/30ZR19XL 100Y AM
295/30R19XL 100Y POR
295/30ZR19XL100Y LAM
305/30R19XL 102Y POR

20″

245/35R20 XL 95Y AM
245/35ZR20XL 95Y MAS
245/35ZR20 91Y POR B
245/45ZR20XL103Y CHV
255/35ZR20XL 97Y JAG
255/35R20 XL 97Y AUD
255/35ZR20XL 97Z MBZ
255/40ZR20XL105Z BEN
255/40ZR20XL101Y POR
265/30ZR20XL 94Y BW
265/35R20 XL 99Y AUD
265/35ZR20XL 99Y BW
265/40R20XL 104Y AUD
275/30ZR20XL 97Y AUD
275/35R20XL 102Z MBZ
275/35ZR20XL102Z BEN
275/35R20XL 102Y AUD
275/40ZR20XL106Y CHV
275/40R20XL 106Y BEN
285/30ZR20XL 99Y JAG
285/30ZR20XL 99Y MAS
285/35R20 100Y FER B
295/30ZR20XL101YPORB
295/30ZR20XL101Y MAS
295/30R20 XL 101Y AM
295/35ZR20XL105Y FER
295/35ZR20 XL 105Y B
305/30ZR20 99Y MCL B
305/35ZR20 104Y FER
335/30ZR20 104Y LAM

21″

245/40R21XL 100Y CHV
265/35R21XL 101Y
265/40ZR21XL105Y BEN
275/35ZR21XL103Y BEN
275/35R21XL 103Y CHV
275/35R21XL 103Y BEN

22″

285/30ZR22XL 101Y

Price Range

Pirelli P-Zero prices range from approximately $170 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Warranty

Pirelli Tires does not have a mileage tread life warranty on the P-Zero. There is a one-year or first 2/32 inch of wear guarantee on tire uniformity.

Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for the life of the tire and include free replacement during the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. Pirelli follows that up with a prorated amount for the remainder of the tire life down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.


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6 thoughts on “Pirelli P-Zero Tire Review & Rating

  1. The Pirelli P Zero tire is a really BAD choice for the high performance vehicle. They do not hold up for any amount of time or tread wear. This is a Horrible tire and will not last but maybe a year if lucky. I WILL never purchase this tire again in this lifetime. Buyer Beware.

  2. Subject: Warranty on P Zero tires
    Message: Hi
    Just wrote your Corp office in Italy, but need an answer from local USA! Bought on 10/15/18, with 84754 miles! Today 109K miles with only 24246 my les and 2/32 left of thread on tires with 50K warranty!
    Tires has been rotated and balanced every 4K miles while doing oil change. It will be interesting what your answer will be! My last tires were original equipment on my Audi Quattro A4 2011 till 84754 miles!
    Need copies of service performed and purchase, please provide space for documentation!

    Answer by Corp:
    Hello Rafael, thanks for reaching out and we are sorry to hear that you are not satisfied about your tire service life.
    When it comes to tire service life, many factors such as vehicle platform, alignment, driving style, temperature variation and road conditions to which a tire is subjected throughout its life determine the life of a tire. Since service and conditions vary widely, accurately predicting the service life of any specific tire based on mileage or time is not possible. To get a better understanding regarding tire service life as it applies to your vehicle platform, we suggest you reach out to your Audi dealer to be advised regarding what they have been observing for tire service life with all brands of tires fitted to your Quattro vehicle platform that are worn to 2/32” of remaining tread. You might find that the tire service life you experienced is typical for your vehicle platform and tire size and in some cases dealers suggest tire replacement in the 5/32” range.
    Original equipment tires are designed for high levels of grip, comfort and wet traction and the tires are specifically tuned to the suspension characteristics of your Audi according to vehicle manufacturer specifications and original equipment tires are not backed with mileage coverage, they are backed with workmanship and material coverage. Pirelli produces select replacement tire lines backed with mileage coverage and these products have different features and benefits and part numbers vs. the original equipment tires fitted to your Audi vehicle platform.
    Our downloadable warranty with terms and conditions of coverage, a Tire Care and Service Guide, and how to initiate a warranty is available at http://www.us.pirelli.com. Our consumer affairs team can be reached by your Pirelli dealer by calling 800 747 3554 (option 2) between the hours of 8 AM to 6 PM Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday should they inspect your tires and have any questions regarding eligibility for coverage or warranty procedures as it is essential that your Pirelli dealer initiates a warranty claim for any tire suspected of a workmanship and materials anomaly.

    Kindest regards,
    Pirelli Consumer Affairs

  3. I have Pirelli P-Zero on my S 90. I have been to the dealer ( Volvo dealer in Cockeysville MD) twice with a nail in the tire and they have told me that this brand of tire is unpatchable in other words every time I get a flat it cost me a new tire. I have taking the tire to a tire shop to be repaired but the patches never seem to last. I have tried to go to Pirelli web site to get more information but found little help. I just find it hard to believe that they make a tire that cannot be patched. I would like to get feed back from a Pirelli rep. The next flat I get will be last on a Pirelli, I will be replacing with Michelins.

  4. These tires are for the track not the streets.
    To Alex if you got 12,500 miles out of your tires you are blessed, because I only got 7000 miles out of mine.
    These run flat tires are the biggest con game in town, saving the dealers lots of money by not having to supply each vehicle with donuts any longer.
    You would expect a run flat tire which malfluctions to at least take your vehicle another 25 to 50 miles further.
    Take my word you will need a Tow, or risk damaging your vehicle by driving it when the your tire pressure reaches zero.
    I shall be switching to 4 new Michelins on my next service date.

  5. Pirelli P-Zero run flats, are expensive and flat most the time, you can not run any quicker than 15 KM/H when flat.
    Major big disappointment- have less than 12,500 miles on car and have already needed replace 5 tires.
    Save the bucks and your aggravations, buy better tires 🙁

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