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.

Our verdict

For wet weather and track performance, the Pirelli is really difficult to beat.

On test…ScoreRanking
Wet braking100%1st
Wet handling100%1st
Wet cornering97.8%4th
Straight aquaplaning96.7%3rd
Curved aquaplaning80.1%4th
Dry braking95.4%6th
Dry handling99.3%4th
Rolling resistance85.7%8th
Cabin noise99.1%4th


Pirelli: http://www.pirelli.com/tyre/gb/en/homepage.html


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