Pirelli All Terrain Plus Tire Review
Track Tires, for the Dirt
When we hear the name Pirelli, we immediately conjure images of supercars tearing up a racetrack on P-Zeros. While the company has produced off-road tires in the past, namely the Scorpion ATR, dirt is just not something that immediately comes to mind. That’s all about to change.
Seeing a large market for light-truck and SUV replacement tires and having a desire to reenter the all-terrain market, Pirelli launched the new Scorpion All Terrain Plus. As part of the U.S. debut, Pirelli extended us a last-minute invitation to Las Vegas for what would be one of the more interesting product launches we’ve been a part of. Excited to give the old ATR’s replacement a go, we jumped in the truck and jetted off through the night to Sin City.
We awoke bright and early the next morning and were whisked off to the Las Vegas Speedway. You read that right, the speedway for an off-road tire. You see, when Pirelli set out to build a new off-road tire, the company did a bit of research and found that the market it was going after spends roughly 95 percent of their time on pavement. For this very reason, the new Scorpion had to perform well on all pavement conditions, as well as in the dirt. While certainly a tough combination to put together, Pirelli appears to have pulled it off.
We spent the day bouncing from vehicle to vehicle, between pickups and SUVs. Before seeing dirt, we hit a paved road course, transitioning from there to a track with a mix of tarmac and gravel, then on to loose dirt and stones, and finally finishing out the day with slick and sticky mud. In every exercise, the Scorpion All Terrain Plus impressed.
On pavement, the tire is quiet and composed. We were especially impressed with this performance on the smaller SUVs provided, as our experience with these has been that they all exhibit excessive road-noise transfer regardless of tire. Even more impressive was the amount of traction when pushed beyond the limit of the vehicle by a professional racing driver. We pushed faster around corners than an all-terrain tire or a GMC Acadia ever should, and did it with very little tire squeal and unnerving scrub or wander from the deep tread lugs.
With such exceptional pavement performance (as one would expect from Pirelli), we were a touch hesitant when it came time to hit the dirt. Thankfully, all of our worry disappeared as the All Terrain Plus easily maintained traction on steep inclines covered in loose dirt. Wet gravel was no match for the tires’ mighty grip, and the lugs happily ejected any stones that attempted to hitch a ride. Mud performance was decent, and the tire will get you back to your campsite in the rain—just don’t expect to be taking on the weekend mud-bog competition.
Though our time was short, the Scorpion All Terrain Plus proved to be competent all around. While it may not be the first choice for taming the wilds of Baja, if your daily commute gives way to weekend adventure, the new Scorpion is an excellent choice. With a generous 50,000-mile treadware warranty, Three Peak Mountain Snowflake rating, and 24 sizes to choose from, this is one tire that is going to be hard to ignore.
SpecificationsTire: Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus
Sizes Tested: 235/80R17
Load Range: E
Maximum Load: 3,090 pounds at 80 psi
Sidewall Plies: 2-ply polyester
Section Width: 9.3 inches
Overall Diameter: 31.8 inches
Tread Depth: 15.5/32
Weight: 45 pounds
Test Vehicle: Ram 1500
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