The ideal choice for sports cars and top end vehicles, balancing performance, safety and respect for the environment. For demanding drivers, the WINTER SOTTOZERO™ SERIE II guarantees excellent performance on dry roads, in the wet and in the presence of snow. In temperatures below 7°C, it counters aquaplaning more effectively when compared to a summer tyre.
An innovative tyre for sports cars and medium to high-powered saloons, it offers excellent driving safety in all road conditions during the cold weather season. For demanding drivers, the Winter SOTTOZERO™ Serie II guarantees excellent performance on dry roads, in the wet and in the presence of snow. In temperatures below 7°C, it counters aquaplaning more effectively when compared to a summer tyre.
The asymmetric tread pattern is divided into two distinct elements. The inner area expels water effectively whilst the external area, with its more rigid and spaced blocks, ensures high levels of grip on snow. These features on the W270 version are enhanced by the exclusive patented twin-compound solution. Characterised by low rolling resistance, the Winter SOTTOZERO™ Serie II also provides low noise levels, enhancing comfort in the cabin.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union, under CE 1222/2009, has mandated that all tyres manufactured after the date of July 1 2012 for cars and commercial vehicles include standard EU Tyre Labels classifying them by three performance characteristics:fuel efficiency classified from A to G,wet grip classified from A to G, and noise emission in decibels.
Categories of tyres unaffected by this regulation include: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing/sports car tyres, as well as certain types of tyres designed to improve traction such as studded tyres, T-type temporary spare tyres, tyres for cars built before 1990, tyres with a maximum allowed speed of 80km/h, tyres for rims with a diameter less or equal to 254 mm or greater or equal to 635 mm. This label is intended on one hand to promote economic and ecological efficiency in traffic, as well as increase road safety, and on the other hand to help consumers select appropriate tyres by ensuring a certain degree of product transparency.
Nevertheless, the label has been criticized for only showing a very limited number of characteristics. Professionals argue that tyres have many more features that are important and relevant to road safety, including but not limited to aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, product properties on wet and dry roads other than wet grip, properties on snow. Tyre manufacturers suggest that the test results from various institutions and industry magazines should remain a very important source of information for the end consumer, because they focus on and rate a wide variety of tyre properties and features.
Pirelli W 270 Sottozero S2 tyre review
Average based on 4 test results
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14.04.2012fromedgrrr I rated these tires last year and I am now on the second winter. I was not happy having to remount these knowing how disappointing they were. Now that we are through winter, I notice that they are wearing heavily too. These tires are so bad, I had to find my old review and give an update. After 2 Quebec winters, here is the summary: Mounted on a 2011 A4 Quattro Very prone to spin due to the close tread pattern and rounded edges Understeers in any depth of snow (I already hit a curb and caused $4K damage) Did not notice great Ice grip Noisy Wear like butter (2x5k and reaching the wear bars) Asymetric tread means one side of the tire is pumping water outwards and the other is pumping water inwards My FWD passat with Goodyear Nordic tires grip, steer, stop, and track better than these at 1/5 the price. I cannot believe these are being made let alone recommended.
16.02.2011fromed grrr Not a great winter tire. We have these mounted on a 2011 A4 Quattro. We live in Montreal and have had 3-4 feet of snow this year. I immediately noticed that these were very prone to spin and understeer in any depth of snow due to the close tread pattern and rounded edges. Ice grip is not great either. I already hit a curb and broke a rim. Our 2003 A4 Quattro had Pirelli Winter Carving - type tires and they stuck like staples. My FWD passat with Goodyear Nordic tires grip, steer, stop, and track better than these at 1/5 the price. Same noise level as well so no benefit there. Also, the Asymetric tread means one side is pumping water away from the center of the tire and the other is pumping water inwards if they are mounted in a mirror. Not recommended at all.