Pirelli P Zero Rosso Tire Review & Rating

The P Zero Rosso from Pirelli is designed for serious driving enthusiasts who are looking for maximum performance, control and comfort. It’s why this tire has been used by many car makers over the years as original equipment on their sport coupes and luxury sedans. Engineered with both asymmetric and directional tread patterns, the tire gives you the ability to combine or use one type for both the front and rear axle.

A high-performance silica-enhanced tread compound utilizes the latest in tire technology for increased dry and wet performance. For example, Pirelli has added Aramid Pulp in the compound that works to stiffen the tread for enhanced traction and stability at higher speeds, as well as aid in prolonging treadlife.

Pirelli P Zero Rosso Tire Review

Larger shoulder blocks and intermediate tread blocks combine add to cornering performance and overall dry grip on all types of road surfaces. Lightweight materials used in the construction of the tread are designed to add greater high-speed stability and control.

Circumferential grooves and independent inner rib blocks provide increased wet traction and hydroplane resistance. Ride comfort is another area that Pirelli has paid attention to on the Rosso. The tread features a phase-and-sequence design that reduces road noise considerably, something that has been noted in many driver reviews on this model.

Inside the tire you will find two steel belts and Pirelli’s PenTec cord for added reinforcement. This unique cord is a material that was developed for space exploration by Allied Signal. It reduces the weight and adds more stability when driving at higher speeds. The tires are available in sizes ranging from 17-20 inches and in W and Y-speed ratings.


  • Excellent dry traction
  • Cornering grip is very good
  • Quick steering response and very good stability at all speeds
  • Ride is comfortable


  • Tread life
  • Tires are expensive

Overall Thoughts

The P Zero Rosso has been around for a number of years, and while that is a testament to its performance and popularity, it is now showing its age. Yes, we really like its dry traction and cornering performance. The tire is stable and provides crisp steering response.

You will also find the ride to be comfortable for the most part. On the other hand the biggest weakness this tire has in our opinion is the tread life. It’s far too short for what this tire costs. This is an area that many drivers have also complained about in reviews and ratings.

Overall, this tire ranks in the lower half of its class. Its fallen over the years with newer models in this class providing higher performance at lower costs. We would recommend taking a look at tires such as the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, Continental ExtremeContact DW or the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position as better options.

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What Vehicles Will The P Zero Rosso Fit?

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

  • Audi A6, S4, Q7, A4, S5, RS4, TT
  • BMW 550i, X5, 745i, X3, M3
  • Chevrolet Cobalt, Camaro
  • Chrysler 300C
  • Dodge Viper
  • Ford Mustang GT
  • Jaguar XJR, XK8
  • Mazda 3
  • Mercedes-Benz SL550, CLS500, C55
  • Mercury Marauder
  • Pontiac GTO, Trans Am, Grand Prix GTP
  • Porsche Boxster, 911, Cayenne
  • Saab 9-5, 9-3
  • Saturn Astra
  • Volkswagen GTI, Touareg
  • Volvo S80, C30, S60

Tire Sizes



205/50ZR17 BW
225/45R17 91W BW
225/45ZR17 91W BW
225/45ZR17 91Y BW
225/45ZR17 94Y XL BW
225/50ZR17 94W BW
225/50ZR17 98Y XL BW
235/45R17 97W XL BW
235/45ZR17 94Y BW
245/40R17 91W BW
245/40ZR17 91Y BW
245/45R17 95Y BW
255/40ZR17 BW


215/45R18 93W XL BW
225/40ZR18 BW
225/40ZR18 (92Y) XL BW
225/40ZR18 92Y XL BW
225/45R18 95W XL BW
235/40ZR18 BW
235/40ZR18 91Y BW
235/40ZR18 95Y XL BW
235/50R18 101Y XL BW
245/35ZR18 88Y BW
245/35ZR18 92Y XL BW
245/40ZR18 93Y BW
245/40ZR18 97Y XL BW
245/45ZR18 (100Y) XL BW
245/45ZR18 100Y XL BW
245/50R18 100W BW
255/35ZR18 94Y BW
255/40ZR18 (99Y) XL BW
255/40ZR18 95Y BW
255/45R18 99Y BW
255/50ZR18 102Y BW
265/35R18 97Y XL BW
265/35ZR18 BW
275/35R18 95Y BW
275/45R18 103Y BW
285/30ZR18 BW
285/35R18 97W BW
285/35ZR18 (101Y) XL BW
285/35ZR18 97Y BW
285/40ZR18 (101Y) BW
295/30ZR18 XL BW
295/35ZR18 99Y BW
315/30ZR18 BW
335/30ZR18 102Y BW


235/35ZR19 (87Y) BW
235/35ZR19 (91Y) XL BW
235/45R19 95W BW
245/40ZR19 (98Y) BW
245/45R19 98Y BW
255/35ZR19 (96Y) XL BW
255/40R19 96W BW
255/40ZR19 100Y XL BW
265/30ZR19 (93Y) XL BW
275/40R19 101Y BW
275/40ZR19 (105Y) XL BW
285/35ZR19 (99Y) BW
285/40ZR19 (103Y) BW
295/30ZR19 (100Y) XL BW
305/30ZR19 (102Y) XL BW


275/35ZR20 XL BW
345/25ZR20 (100Y) BW



245/45ZR18 (100Y) BW
245/45ZR18 (100Y) XL BW
255/40ZR18 95Y BW


225/35ZR19 (84Y) BW
245/40ZR19 (98Y) XL BW
255/35ZR19 (92Y) BW

Price Range

Pirelli P Zero Rosso prices range from approximately $161 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Pirelli provides a limited tread warranty on the P Zero Rosso. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. Materials and workmanship are warranted for life and include free replacement during the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. A prorated amount is given down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

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