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Optimal driving in all of the fall and winter conditions
Winter SOTTOZERO™ Series II is designed to actively react in the presence of wet asphalt and low external temperatures (under 7°C), contrasting with great success the phenomenon of aquaplaning. It represents a versatile and safe answer for optimal driving conditions in all fall and winter weather conditions: dry, wet or snow covered surfaces do not make a difference, Winter SOTTOZERO™ Series II guarantees the best performance on all surfaces.wide moulded grooves, in order to effectively expel the water.special water containment basins (HST – Hydro Static Tank) a Pirelli patent that guarantees a better containment of the water in the grooves in order to sensibly reduce the phenomenon of aquaplaning.IMPORTANT: It is not recommended to mix the Winter Sottozero and the Winter Sottozero Serie II tires
Ottawa. Montreal. Snow and Ice Belt. 2014 335I xDrive. It's not just a question as to how the tires perform, but how they perform on the behicle they are designed for. On an F30 M Sport Performance Edition, the Pirellis provide an unbeatable level of winter driving performance. Within the first 1000 kms, one 40 km stretch of black ice forced me below 100 km/hr, and the Pirellis kept the car within controllable oscillations. I could not tell I was on black ice, until the first accidents notified me. But they gave me feedback i now know, slight oscillations as if wind gusting.
Then that deer popped, I was doing 80 km / hr, just about leaving that black ice rainy Nov 2014 day; nigghtime. Deer was just slowly walking. I swirled left. Then straightenened the car. Full control.
I realize they are not as good as Micheling or Hakapeliitas on pure compact snow and ice, but I did not buy them for pure snow or ice driving. I got them for handling characteristics in alla round winter conditions (or the snow score would be 5/5/3/3/5/4/5). I got them to survive the mix of ice and dry, ice and slush, snow and slush, or 85% of the conditions I face in winter driving, at Highway Speed. The vehicle does another 15% coverage.
These tires may not be for an front wheel drive vehicle. The assymetric pattern is also more unstable in turns- but that why it is made for a car that turns and leans aggressivley into every corner, even if trying it or not. A sportsy SUV or a sports car. Simliarly, no doubt that Michelins will do better on pure snow, but let me down in handling in wet slush, etc.
Treadwear- got 3000 kms and it seems standard for maybe 3 to 5 winters? Apparently, no matter the tire brand, the very rubber is meant only for 3 to 5 seasons top, as changes int emperature gradually nullify advantages, even if treadwear lasts. So 30-50000 city winter kms and 80,000 highway maybe?
made this review on 12/13/2014 and is a
Aggressive Driver (Hard Cornering)
Great for autumn/winter/spring where it's mainly wet or slushy, with some snow. Wet roadholding particularly good. Perfectly fine on public roads in snow, but persistent snow is probably not its forté. Suits my coastal climate perfectly. I'd still keep chains in the back for the worst snow conditions (but I always have, even on Vredesteins and Michelin Winters).
Vehicle: 2013 BMW 335i xDrive 4 Dr Sedan Base with 20000 KM of Tire Wear
made this review on 2/19/2014 and is a
Confident, Experienced Driver
I loved them.
made this review on 4/9/2013 and is a
Confident, Experienced Driver
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