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Pirelli’s Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 – Excellent Winter Tire Option

8.7Expert Score
Decent


Performance Winter / Snow

Wet Performance
8.9
Dry performance
9
Comfort performance
8.6
Treadwear performance
8.3
Winter/snow performance
8.7

The Pirelli Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 is a great winter tire for those who are looking for excellent traction in both light and deep snow. The tire remains controllable and responsive on ice, making it a great choice for driving in winter conditions. The Pirelli Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 also offers outstanding wet weather grip, hydroplaning resistance, and dry traction, making it a great all-around tire for those who need a high-performance tire that can handle all types of driving conditions.

Positives
  • Excellent for winter
  • Great wet and dry traction
  • Comfortable and quiet
  • Decent treadwear
Negatives
  • Some drivers may find it expensive

Pirelli Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 Tread Pattern & Technical Specs

Pirelli’s Performance Winter / Snow tire, the Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3, is made to deliver a high level of safety in cold, dry, wet, and winter situations. The Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 tires’ sidewalls include Pirelli Ecoimpact marks that highlight the tire’s contribution to the environment in terms of energy efficiency, clean air, and low noise.

The silica-enhanced winter tread compound used in Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 tires enhances rubber flexibility in cold temperatures. This material is formed into a directional tread pattern that combines handling with traction in cold conditions.

The brick wall design produced by rounded shoulder blocks and interlocking center blocks with Pirelli’s Interactive Brickwork Siping enhances lateral and longitudinal stability and more biting edges improve snow traction.

To increase hydroplaning resistance and wet traction, two large circumferential channels and several lateral grooves help drain water and slush to the sides.

Pirelli’s Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 Tread Pattern

Twin steel belts reinforced with spirally wrapped polyamide are a part of the tire’s inner structure, which increases thermal stability and makes the tires less susceptible to fluctuations in the temperature of the road and the surrounding temperatures.

In addition to the bottom-of-the-groove treadwear signs that show when the tire is totally worn out at 2/32, snow wear indicators (SWI) in the tread design indicate the remaining tread depth remained for snow performance “about the remaining tread depth). The Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3’s center rib block notches wear smoothly at around 5/32 of an inch “remains in the tread depth.

The three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) mark and severe snow service standards are both included on Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 winter/snow tires.

It is highly recommended to use Pirelli Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 tires in sets of four only.

Pirelli Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 outperforms 98% of tires in the Performance Winter / Snow category.

Wet Performance

Pirelli’s Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 is a high-performance tire designed for excellent wet weather grip. The car remains stable and predictable even under heavy rain. The hydroplaning resistance of the Pirelli Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 is fascinating, providing great traction and safety on wet surfaces.

8.9Expert Score
Exceptional

Hydroplaning resistance
8.8
Wet traction
8.9

Dry Performance

The Pirelli Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 demonstrates excellent dry traction features. The tire sticks to the surface providing decent grip and steering response, especially on corners. Turning the steering wheel for lane changes or passing at high speeds on the highway feels solid and provides great feedback.

9Expert Score
Exceptional

Cornering stability
8.9
Dry traction
9.1
Steering response
9

Comfort Performance

The Pirelli Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 is a great winter tire option for those who are looking for a comfortable ride. The road noise is a little loud, but it is not too bad. Overall, the tire provides decent comfort for driver and passengers.

8.7Expert Score
Exceptional

Ride quality
8.8
Noise score
8.5

Winter & Snow Performance

The Pirelli Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 tires provide decent snow and ice performance, making them a good choice for driving in winter conditions. They offer outstanding traction in both light and deep snow. The tire remains controllable and responsive on ice either. Overall, Pirelli Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 provides enough grip and confidence on both snow and ice-covered roads.

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
195/50R1688H XL50 psi10/32″18 lbs165.5-7″6″7.9″7.2″23.7″TR

Summary

Pirelli’s Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 is an excellent winter tire option that offers great traction in winter. The tires are also comfortable and relatively quiet. Besides, Pirelli’s Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3 shows great wet and dry traction, providing controllability and confidence on the road. Some may find them to be a bit expensive, but they offer good value for the money.

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