Pirelli P Zero
Motorsport-inspired pattern is still the best wet weather tyre
Formula One tyre supplier Pirelli won our last test of 17-inch tyres in 2008, and the long-running P Zero showed it can still compete at the top. This time, it has to settle for third, but it’s still the pattern to beat for wet handling and braking.
Those big tread blocks deliver on wet roads in a way more common large ribbed asymmetric designs can’t. On the wet track it led the way, more than half a second quicker than the Vredestein, and was super-stable, so it could be pushed hard.
Plus, in our wet braking test, it stopped the car a metre sooner than any rival. These wins were backed up by excellent performances in the other tests, so this is the best rain tyre.
Yet it still excels in dry conditions as it felt sporty and precise on the handling track and close to the winning pace.
But it showed its age on fuel economy where it trailed premium rivals by a long way – it will use around three per cent more fuel than the pace-setting Hankook, as well as the Continental and Goodyear.
For wet weather and track performance, the Pirelli is really difficult to beat.
In this review
- 1IntroductionThe Auto Express annual tyre test is back! We put 10 leading brands to the test to find Britain’s top tyre
- 2Apollo Aspire 4New cut-price brand promises to shake up the tyre market
- 3Michelin Pilot Sport 3Firm has widened focus on fuel economy to produce a top buy
- 4Hankook Ventus S1 evoKoreans’ focus on low rolling resistance affects performance
- 5Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2Podium finishes across board swept newcomer to victory
- 6Dunlop Sport Maxx TTPoor efficiency is a thorn in the side of this midfield performer
- 7Continental ContiSportContact 3Our former champ is left half way down the field this time
- 8Bridgestone Potenza S001Disappointing showing on home turf for top maker
- 9Nokian Z G2Whisper-quiet rubber gave top names a run for their money
- 10Pirelli P Zero - currently readingMotorsport-inspired pattern is still the best wet weather tyre
- 11Vredestein Ultrac CentoSole directional tread on test put in a strong performance