Pirelli Scorpion Winter Tire Review & Rating

The Pirelli Scorpion Winter is a high end winter tire for sport pickups, crossovers and SUV’s. It excels at providing drivers with an exceptional degree of handling control in the harshest winter weather. The design of this tire allows it to provide improved braking and cornering performance over snow, ice and slush.

For the environmentally conscious driver, the tire sports Pirelli’s Eco-impact icons, which indicate that the tire’s build has met a number of environmental goals. The tire is also branded with the Mountain Snowflake emblem, indicating it meets industry standards for severe snow service.

Pirelli Scorpion Winter Tire Review

The Scorpion Winter’s tread compound is comprised of a polymer blend and higher amounts of silica, the latter of which in particular enables the tire to remain flexible in low temperatures and improves grip on wet roads.

Similar to many high quality winter tires, the tread pattern is directional with a round profile and sturdy shoulders for dry weather grip and cornering. But Pirelli has designed this winter tire with unique snow booster ridges, which are found on the bottom of the tire’s grooves for added bite in snow and ice.

As part of meeting Pirelli’s Eco-impact goals, noise levels have been reduced on this model, with surprisingly low in-vehicle sound levels. Ride comfort is also smooth as you might expect from Pirelli. The Scorpion Winter is available in many sizes ranging from 215/70R16 to 275/40R22 with an H or V speed rating. Pirelli provides a limited tread warranty as well.

Pros

  • Noise levels and ride comfort are excellent for a winter tire
  • Environmentally friendly design elements
  • In-snow acceleration is quite good

Cons

  • Traction, handling, and braking could be better in the snow
  • Tread wear may be uneven

Overall Thoughts

Owners of luxury crossovers or sport utility vehicles seeking a high end winter tire will likely be pleased with the Scorpion Winter, but perhaps not ecstatic. While the tire has many admirable features and a strong build quality despite its environmentally friendly aspirations, traction in snow and icy conditions could be improved upon. Braking and cornering also appear to be less than ideal.

The Scorpion Winter series handles well in dry weather and on wet roads, but for most drivers, a bona fide winter tire needs to provide that extra grip and bite on snow and ice. If you drive in an area with cold temperatures where snow falls regularly and turns into ice on the road, Pirelli’s Scorpion Winter tire is likely not going to be an ideal choice compared to similarly priced crossover or SUV winter tire offerings.

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What Vehicles Will The Pirelli Scorpion Winter Fit?

Fits these vehicles and many others:

  • Acura MDX, RDX
  • Audi Q7, Q5
  • BMW X5
  • Cadillac SRX, Escalade
  • Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, Trailblazer
  • Dodge Dakota, Ram
  • Ford Edge, Explorer, Ranger, Excursion
  • Honda CR-V, Odyssey, Element
  • Jeep Patriot, Grand Cherokee, Liberty
  • Land Rover Range Rover, Discovery, LR3
  • Lexus RX350
  • Mazda CX-7
  • Mercedes ML320
  • Nissan Armada, Pathfinder, Titan
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Saturn Vue
  • Subaru Forester, B9 Tribeca
  • Toyota Sequoia, Sienna, Tundra, RAV4
  • Volkswagen Touareg

Tire Sizes

16″

265/70R16 112H BSW
245/70R16 107H BSW
235/70R16 106H BSW
225/70R16 103H BSW
215/65R16 102H BSW
215/65R16 98H BSW
215/70R16 104H BSW

17″

265/65R17 112H BSW
255/65R17 110H BSW
245/65R17 111H BSW
235/60R17 106H BSW
235/65R17 104H BSW
235/65R17 108H BSW
225/60R17 103V BSW
225/65R17 102T BSW
225/65R17 106H BSW
215/60R17 100V BSW
215/65R17 99H BSW

18″

265/60R18 114H BSW
255/55R18 105V BSW
255/55R18 109H BSW
255/55R18 109H RF BSW
255/55R18 109V BSW
255/60R18 108H BSW
255/60R18 112V BSW
245/60R18 105H BSW
235/50R18 101V BSW
235/55R18 104H BSW
235/60R18 103H BSW
235/60R18 103V BSW
235/60R18 107H BSW

19″

285/45R19 111V BSW
285/45R19 111V RF BSW
275/45R19 108V BSW
265/50R19 110V BSW
265/55R19 109V BSW
255/40R19 100H BSW
255/50R19 103V BSW
255/50R19 107V BSW
255/50R19 107V RF BSW
255/55R19 111H BSW
255/55R19 111V BSW
235/55R19 101H RF BSW
235/55R19 101V BSW
235/55R19 105H BSW
235/65R19 109V BSW
225/55R19 99H BSW

20″

295/40R20 106V BSW
295/45R20 114V BSW
285/40R20 108V BSW
285/45R20 112V BSW
285/45R20 112V BSW
275/40R20 106V BSW
275/45R20 110V BSW
275/50R20 109V BSW
265/45R20 104V BSW
265/45R20 108V BSW
265/50R20 111H BSW
255/45R20 101V BSW
255/45R20 105V BSW
255/50R20 109H BSW
255/50R20 109V BSW
255/55R20 110V BSW
245/45R20 103V BSW

21″

315/40R21 111V BSW
315/40R21 115V BSW
295/35R21 107V BSW
295/35R21 107V BSW
295/40R21 111V BSW
285/40R21 109V BSW
285/45R21 113W BSW
275/40R21 107V BSW
275/45R21 107V BSW
275/45R21 110V BSW
275/45R21 110V BSW
265/40R21 105V BSW
265/45R21 104H BSW
255/40R21 102V BSW

22″

275/40R22 108V BSW

Price Range

Pirelli Scorpion Winter prices range from approximately $110 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Warranty

Pirelli provides a limited tread warranty on the Scorpion Winter. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. Materials and workmanship are warranted for an unlimited time period. You’ll find 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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