European launch for two Pirelli all-season tyres
Two new all-season tyres from Pirelli aim to meet growing demand from European consumers for products that perform better in all weather conditions, in particular in the wet and in snow.
The first of these is the Cinturato All Season Plus, a tyre Pirelli says is an ideal tyre for motorists who live in regions with moderate weather conditions and primarily drive in urban areas. The tyre maker says the overall performance of the Cinturato All Season Plus has been improved over that of the predecessor tyre, with a particular focus having been placed upon optimising handling in snow and in the wet. Certain popular sizes are available with Pirelli’s ‘Seal Inside’ technology.
The functionalised, polymer-based tread compound features a high silica content in order to improve stiffness and stability over a larger temperature window. Pirelli shares that the compound remains softer and more flexible at low temperatures, yet harder and more stable at high temperatures, thereby enhancing performance in both winter and summer. The tyre maker adds that an innovative compounding process enables resins to be distributed more evenly throughout the polymer structure, further improving the tyre’s performance on snow.
The SUV market is growing rapidly in Europe, with volumes doubling every five years. Pirelli is catering to this market with the Scorpion Zero All Season, a UHP product aimed at premium and prestige segment SUVs.
Pirelli reports that the asymmetric tread pattern found on the Scorpion Zero All Season features tapered shoulder blocks that improve control and response during braking. Four broad longitudinal grooves evacuate water from the contact patch in order to reduce the risk of aquaplaning; the tyre maker comments that this contributes towards “providing the Scorpion Zero All Season with excellent performance and safety on wet road surfaces.”
The Scorpion Zero All Season has already gained 12 original equipment homologations, including on the new Range Rover Velar, which wears the tyre in 265/40 R22 106Y and 265/45 R21 104W.