Pirelli offers Scorpion Winter preview
According to Pirelli, the new Scorpion Winter tyre, designed for high-performance SUVs and crossover vehicles, features improved safety under braking and cornering while offering “the same standards of comfort, reliability and handling that was previously only available on sports cars.”
Also available in a run-flat version, the tyre will be introduced to the North American market in Autumn 2012 in 21 sizes ranging from 16- to 21-inch wheel diameters. The new winter tyre completes the range of Scorpion tyres dedicated to SUVs and CUVs, sitting alongside the Scorpion Verde All-Season.
The Scorpion Winter offers decreased braking distance on snow, as well as in the wet and dry, and increased traction on snow, according to Pirelli. The tyre also features reduced rolling resistance, which saves 4 per cent fuel consumption and reduces external noise. The tire’s V-shaped tread design maximizes traction, as well as the dispersal of snow and water, the tiremaker added.
Introduced at the Igora Park snowdome near St. Petersburg, Russia, the Scorpion Winter was put through its paces in a series of tests designed to highlight its performance, road holding and safety. Also launched in St. Petersburg was the latest Carving Edge tyre, a studdable winter tire with new sizes making their way to Canadian drivers soon.