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Pirelli Scorpion ATR Named Year's Best

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, 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 test reinforces the German motoring magazine Auto Bild Allrad finding who also determined the Scorpion ATR to be the leader in it's 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, is an expert, independent, nonprofit 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 1936 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 it evaluates.

December 2008