Pirelli P Zero review

Pirelli P Zero

A long time coming, but this tyre was well worth the wait

This is the latest version of the P Zero, not that you’d know it by the name. Unlike its rivals, it doesn’t add a number to indicate a newer design. And this version has been a long time coming, as the outgoing tyre was a test winner back in 2008.

There have been revisions since, but this is the first time the Pirelli has been totally new since its test win. In fact, it’s three new tyres, as there are variants targeted at different types of car and application, in line with the brand’s Perfect Fit strategy.

We tested the replacement tyre in this size designed for a wide range of cars. Drivers may have been waiting a while for the P Zero to arrive, but it has been worth it.

As you expect from a new tyre aimed at the mass market rather than the sporting one, fuel economy is special. It topped previous pace-setter Goodyear and it’s all been achieved without compromising the wet grip – the usual trade-off for low rolling resistance. It won the cornering test and was on the podium around the handling track. Through a series of turns, it was well controlled and progressive, and although grip was gradually lost as lock increased, turn-in was sharp.

There was a similar feeling on the dry track, where it finished third. It wasn’t as lively as the Continental, but worked well in the early parts of corners, with decent traction.

Buy the Pirelli P Zero from Black Circles

Price £101.56
Dry handling 99.50%=3rd
Dry braking 97.70%4th
Wet handling 99.30%3rd
Wet braking 92.70%=4th 
Wet cornering 100%1st
Straight aqua  98.60%4th
Curved aqua  88.30%7th
Rolling resistance100% 1st 
Cabin noise 100%1st
Overall99.10%2nd 
Products editor

Kim has worked for Auto Express for more than three decades and all but a year of that time in the Products section. His current role as products editor involves managing the section’s content and team of testers plus doing some of the tests himself. 

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