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 has introduced the EU Tyre Label by Regulation (No. 1222/2009) identically and bindingly for all EU member states. It applies to passenger car tyres, light commercial vehicle tyres and heavy commercial vehicle tyres produced after 01.07.2012.
Three different areas are tested: rolling resistance, wet grip and the rolling noise the tyre makes on the road.
The following are not affected by the EU Tyre Label: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing tyres, tyres with additional devices to improve traction such as spiked tyres, T-type emergency tyres, special tyres for fitting to vehicles first registered before 1 October 1990, tyres with a maximum authorised speed of 80 km/h, tyres for rims with a nominal diameter of 254 mm or less or 635 mm or more.
With this regulation, the European Union is pursuing the goal of promoting economic and ecological efficiency in road traffic as well as increasing road safety on the one hand, and on the other hand, granting consumers more product transparency and at the same time serving as an active decision-making aid.
Already during the incorporation, experts criticise the fact that the EU Tyre Label unfortunately only shows a few product characteristics. Apart from rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise, which are the main focus of EU tyre labelling, tyres have much more important and safety-relevant product characteristics, such as aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, braking properties on dry and wet roads, behaviour in wintry conditions, etc.
Tyre manufacturers point out that test results from various institutions and journals remain an important information medium for the end consumer. These tests usually focus on further safety-relevant product characteristics besides the EU standard qualifications for tyre labelling, which are always important for the final customer.
W 270 Sottozero S2 tyre review
Average based on 16 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.