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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat: Excellent Traction in All Conditions

8.6Expert Score
Decent


Performance Winter / Snow

Wet Performance
9
Dry performance
8.7
Comfort performance
8.3
Treadwear performance
8.4
Winter/snow performance
8.4

The Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat is a great tire for those who need great grip in a variety of conditions. The tires are excellent for wet and dry traction, as well as for snow and ice. The Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat is a good choice for drivers who value comfort while driving.

Positives
  • Excellent wet and dry traction
  • Good winter performance
  • Decent grip in cold weather
  • Good tread life
  • Comfortable ride
Negatives
  • Becomes noisy on the highway

Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat Tread Pattern & Technical Specs

The second generation of Pirelli’s Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat tires are Sottozero Performance Winter / Snow run-flat tires designed for drivers of high-end, high-performance vehicles that face severe winter driving conditions.

The Pirelli Self-Supporting Run Flat Technology used in Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat tires improves safety and convenience by offering temporarily enhanced mobility if a puncture enables the complete loss of air pressure.

Tires can literally “run flat” for up to 50 miles at 50 mph (80 km at 80 km/h) according to Pirelli’s Self-Supporting Run Flat Technology unless the vehicle manufacturer specifies differently for Original Equipment tires.

Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat Tread Pattern

The Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat was created with the idea that winter/snow tires shouldn’t just be used in snowy areas, but also need to perform in a variety of unpredictable weather conditions. Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat tires are intended to provide traction and handling in dry, wet, cold, and wintry conditions.

They are not only designed as winter/snow tires but as seasonal tires suitable for the weather and road conditions typically experienced in parts of the United States between November and April.

Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat tires feature a tread compound with new polymers and blending techniques that make them more environmentally friendly as they don’t include aromatic oils. To improve grip in winter’s freezing and harsher conditions, Pirelli’s Temperature Dynamic Compound technology tailors the compound for wet and icy terrain.

The tread blocks are equipped with Pirelli’s Interactive Brickwork Siping, which consists of sipes that form a brickwork pattern to promote lateral and longitudinal stability while also providing more biting edges to improve snow grip, and ride comfort, and noise level.

Twin steel belts strengthened by spirally wrapped polyamide are incorporated into the tire’s internal structure to increase thermal stability and reduce sensitivity to temperature variations in the road and the surrounding atmosphere.

Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat outperforms 100% of tires in the Performance Winter / Snow category.

Wet Performance

The Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat is a tire that is designed to deliver an excellent wet performance. The tires handle well in the wet, and they have great hydroplaning resistance. In all cold and wet conditions, these tires grip superbly. Overall, Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II is a great tire for wet traction.

9.1Expert Score
Exceptional

Hydroplaning resistance
9.1
Wet traction
9

Dry Performance

The Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat tires are designed for excellent performance in dry conditions. They handle reasonably well in the dry and have both excellent cornering grip and steering response. However, they may scrub on hard cornering. The tires also performed great in the extreme cold on dry pavement. Dry traction is perfect with almost no noticeable increase in road noise.

8.7Expert Score
Exceptional

Cornering stability
8.5
Dry traction
9
Steering response
8.7

Comfort Performance

The Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat delivers decent ride quality for driver and passengers. The tires provide excellent comfort level and traction on all types of surfaces. The only downside is that they may produce some additional road noise on dry pavement, but this is a small price to pay for the benefits they give on the road.

8.3Expert Score
Decent

Ride quality
8.5
Noise score
8.1

Winter & Snow Performance

The Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat tires are designed to deliver snow and ice performance. The tire shows good grip in both light and deep snow, as well as stability on icy roads. If you are living in an area with complicated winter weather conditions, these tires can help you get where you need to go safely.

7.7Expert Score
Good

Light Snow Traction
8.3
Deep Snow Traction
7.7
Ice Traction
7.1

Tire sizes & specifications

Tire sizeLoad index/ Speed ratingUTQGMax loadMax InflationTread DepthTire WeightWheel DiameterRim Width RangeMeasured Rim WidthSection WidthTread WidthOverall DiameterRevs Per MileCountry
205/55R1791H SL51 psi11/32″25 lbs175.5-7.5″6.5″8.6″6″25.9″RO
225/50R1794H SL51 psi11/32″28 lbs176-8″7″8.9″7.2″26″RO
225/55R1797H SL44 psi11/32″30 lbs176-8″7″9.4″7.2″27″RO
225/45R1895V XL50 psi11/32″26 lbs187-8.5″7.5″9.1″8.2″26.1″RO
225/45R1891H SL51 psi10/32″24 lbs187-8.5″7.5″9.1″7″26.1″RO
245/35R1892V XL50 psi11/32″28 lbs188-9.5″8.5″10″9.2″24.9″DE
255/40R1895H SL44 psi10/32″29 lbs188.5-10″9″10.4″8.4″26.2″DE
275/40R19105V XL50 psi11/32″35 lbs199-11″9.5″11.2″10″27.8″DE
245/35R2095V XL50 psi10/32″27 lbs208-9.5″8.5″9.8″7.8″26.8″776GB
275/30R2097V SL50 psi10/32″30 lbs209-10″9.5″10.9″8.7″26.5″783GB
275/35R20102V XL50 psi10/32″33 lbs209-11″9.5″10.9″9.4″27.6″754DE

Summary

The Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat tires are a great choice for drivers who need a tire that performs well in all types of weather and road conditions. These tires provide excellent traction on both wet and dry surfaces, and they also have great snow and ice performance. The Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat delivers a decent ride quality on the road. The only downside is that they may produce some additional noise on the highway.

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