Pirelli Scorpion ATR Named Year’s Best

January 23, 2009 at 6:54 am 5 comments

Pirelli’s Scorpion ATR has been named the best performing All-Terrain tyre by the highly respected Consumer Reports.

Following on from its earlier success in the European summer tyre tests, ConsumerReports.org rated the Scorpion highest among all tyres tested, based primarily on impressive grip in both dry and wet conditions, excellent dry braking and hydroplaning resistance.

The superior performance in the Consumer Repoarts.org test reinforces the German motoring magazine Auto Bild Allrad finding who also determined the Scorpion ATR to be the leader in its class, stating “Pirelli gets the highest average score for off-road tyres’ quality, demonstrating a very good off-road grip, relative low noise, and street performance with good handling characteristics”.

To achieve this result, Pirelli’s engineers focused their attention on the tread design. The biggest challenge was to maintain the durable all-terrain qualities while at the same time achieving low rolling noise levels. The solution was to integrate into the basic design a new concept of “sweeping” curved grooves. With a strong character derived from its aggressive tread pattern, together with various options for sidewall lettering, Scorpion ATR adds much to the personality of the vehicle on which it is mounted, and in true Pirelli style, with unmatched performance.

Three-times Bathurst V8 Supercar champion Craig Lowndes recently fit Pirelli Scorpion ATR tyres to his Ford Ranger and was instantly impressed.

“The quiet-running, symmetric tread pattern makes driving around town a breeze,” Craig said.

“And because of the shoulder and interlocked tread blocks, when I get off the track up at the farm I still have plenty of directional stability, steering response and off-road traction,” he added.

“Apart from the performance aspects of the Scorpion, they look pretty good too!” Craig beamed.

Consumers Union (CU), the publisher of Consumer Reports.org, is an expert, independent, non-profit organisation whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. The organisation was founded in l936 when advertising first flooded the mass media. Consumers lacked a reliable source of information they could depend on to help them distinguish hype from fact and good products from bad ones. Since then CU has filled that vacuum with a broad range of consumer information. To maintain its independence and impartiality, CU accepts no outside advertising and no free samples and employs several hundred technical experts to buy and test the products its evaluates.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. matt  |  May 1, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Well they are more quiet and more comfy than the Bridgestone d694.

    While about the same performance in wet and dry for grip, once you get offroad the Bridgestone d694s are better – only just – but the Pirelli has better turning. As most of my driving is 60% on and 40% offroad, I chose Pirelli on the front for my turning, braking and steering capabilites which are better than the d694s, but I left the d694s on the rear which are my driving tyres which get the better grip offroad.

    Overall I’d rate both about even.

    The Pirelli new tread in ATR LT means it will last longer than the d694 and it will also be stronger with higher load capacity of 108 vs 109. Anyway both have 2-ply polyester sidewalls and 2-ply nylon steel and polyester for the main tread.

    You can’t go wrong with either.

    Pirelli was a new tyre for me and I’d rate it in top 5 with goodyear, bridgestone, firestone.

  • 2. neville dennerley  |  May 27, 2009 at 10:21 am

    the235/70or16 scorpion str tyres i purchased are absolute rubbish after complaining to the dealer about possibly dangerously faulty tyre i have purchased it needed excessive weights when fitted and has a constant shimmy at over 60 klm i have been told because i did not get the tyres rotated at the dealer i have nocall back even though they were rotated elsewhere the tyres are 25% worn but i was under the assumption tyres had a lifetime gaurantee can somebody help me tyre no dotx967d9413307 yours sincerley neville dennerley

  • 3. Greg Styles  |  October 8, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Have just fitted atr Scorpions to my 98 Grand Cherokee and what a difference. The previous Goodyear Wrangler AT’s were not even fully worn(tread indicators untouched..) and were very deadly in the wet or on bitumen. These scorpions stick like the proverbial and still have a moderately aggresive tread pattern for the scrub. Condidering most of us do 90% of our travels on road its pretty important to have that traction. You can tell me that Coopers will last 90000km or Mickey Thompsons have more mud traction in extreme conditions but if they don’t grip when it matters on road,they have no place on my vehicle. Leave them to the tour operators…Pirelli makes the best tyres along with Michelin and Porsche,Lamborghini,Ferrari etc cant all be wrong.

  • 4. Matt  |  June 19, 2011 at 7:44 am

    After using these tyres for sometime i thought i’d update. While i bought these at the same time as my bridgstone duelers the bridgestones are down to 25% left while the pirelli scorpion are down to 80% left!

    Now i’ve come from WA to VIC roads are a lot more turning and icy conditions at the snow.

    so to update my review of these tyres After using them on the front of my car i actually Stuck them on the rear for better wet traction!

    I’d say in summer conditions they are on par with bridgestone but now it’s proper winder goodbye bridgestone can’t wait to get my new Pirelli scorpion atr LT on wed!!!

    Better steering
    Better braking
    Better Wet road traction

    Can’t wait to get them and they last a LOT longer

  • 5. Matt  |  June 19, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Just to add, i noticed a lot of you have trouble with your tyres been balanced. Every 20,000km get em balanced and rotated! otherwise yes they do turn into a pile of crap!


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