Pirelli P Zero PZ4 Review

Pirelli P Zero PZ4

This article takes a look at the Pirelli P Zero PZ4 tire to help you decide if these tires are for your sports vehicle. 

By looking deeper at all aspects of the Pirelli P Zero PZ4, including the tire’s construction, we dissected the manufacturer’s specifications to see how well the P Zero PZ4 did in various tests. 

We then took the available test data and compared it to customer reviews to create a full-spectrum view of the tire’s performance. We do this to deliver an unbiased and objective review of the tire.

Don’t have time to read everything? Here’s a quick summary of our review as well as pros & cons listed.

Conclusion:

Based on our research, we concluded that the Pirelli P Zero PZ4 tire is one of the best summer tires in terms of short-term performance. From the information, analysis, and customer experiences that we have gathered, it’s evident that this is a tire that will serve drivers best on dry pavement.

Pros

  • Good traction in turns
  • Smooth performance
  • Excellent in wet and dry
  • Impressive handling

Cons

  • Noise increases with age
  • Performance in snow or icy weather could improve
  • On the pricier side
  • Tread life

In this review, we will be looking at the PZ4’s handling, noise, comfort, durability, and price to help you decide if it is the tire you need for your summer vehicle.  

Now let’s get in between the treads of the Pirelli P Zero PZ4 to see what it’s made of.  

Pirelli P Zero PZ4 Overview

The Pirelli P Zero PZ4 is one of the tire manufacturer’s max-performance summer tire options. Based on the company’s Formula One tires, the PZ4 has been developed for sports cars, sport coupes, and high-performance sedans. The PZ4 combines ride quality, comfort, smooth handling, high-speed durability, and traction for maximum warmer weather driving. 

Since the Pirelli P Zero PZ4 is classified as a “summer tire,” it is utilized best on the pavement rather than all-terrain roads. Given that, if you see snow in your forecast for the majority or any significant part of the winter season, you might want to consider a dedicated snow tire as well. 

In its class, the P Zero PZ4 is a high-priced summer tire compared to its competitors, especially for an OE tire.

OE tires, or Original Equipment tires, are wheels that were put on the vehicle at the factory, so they also come with them. OE tires typically are paired with a vehicle to enhance that vehicle’s feel right off the lot. Indeed, the PZ4 came on many high-end cars such as the Audi A3, S3, Lamborghini Huracan, and the Porsche 911.

The Pirelli P Zero PZ4 is designed with a silica and carbon tread compound backed by no tread-life warranty.   

Performance Breakdown

Now let’s look at a more comprehensive breakdown of the Pirelli P Zero (PZ4) tire.  

Performance 

Performance is an essential part of the overall tire experience. We’ll go over how well it does in wet, dry, and snow conditions.

Wet

According to tests conducted by TireRack.com, the P Zero PZ4 performed well in wet conditions for a summer tire, scoring decently in hydroplaning resistance and wet tracking, though still lower than average for its class. 

The tire tread blocks are a silica compound, and the advanced carbon blend is intended to increase grip in wet and slick situations. As well, the PZ4’s shoulder grooves are designed with large-circumference paths to move water out from under the tire without compromising grip. 

Dry

The PZ4 tested at or above average in cornering stability, traction, and steering response in dry conditions as well—the best area of performance in all of its tests.

Users reported that the tires felt sturdy in turns and straightaways in dry conditions.   

Snow

The tread area of the Pirelli P Zero PZ4 is covered in wavy lines and angled grooves, which are meant to help the tire hold tight in winter weather if it is to arise. 

However, the PZ4 was not tested in winter conditions as that is the norm for summer tires in general. If you plan to pass through the snow at any point in the year, we recommend finding a dedicated snow tire for your vehicle, or at least an all-season tire. Of course, most sports cars aren’t going to be your first choice when snow begins falling either way. 

Handling

The Pirelli P Zero PZ4’s outer shoulder construction was designed to hold tightly in turns and provide trustworthy handling to your driving experience, especially in a sports car.

The tire’s structure has twin steel belts reinforced by spirally wound nylon cap plies to stabilize the wheel and assist with shock absorption on bumpy conditions from slow to high speeds. It also has a double rail stabilizer for additional stability and steering response.

According to customer reviews, these tires felt solid in turns and at high speeds on straight roads. Most customer reviews raved about the tire’s handling.    

Noise and Comfort

Now, we’re going to talk about the noise and comfort levels of the PZ4.

Noise

The tire’s construction includes Pirelli’s Noise Canceling System (PNCS). This system adds a layer of noise-canceling foam liner to reduce the noise you hear in the driver’s seat. 

The PZ4 scored well in noise tests, and many customers backed the claims saying the tires were excellent to drive with. 

Comfort

For comfort, the PZ4 tested well in ride quality. With its silica/carbon tread compound molded into an asymmetric pattern, the ride is designed to be smooth and pleasant. After all, it was put on Lamborghini’s off the lot. 

The majority of customer reviews reported that the tires drove smoothly and were a comfortable ride.

Durability

While Pirelli added no warranty to back up the PZ4, they did take some extra measures to make it last longer when they could. 

The PZ4 includes an interior sealant to prevent premature air leaks.  

Users reported that the tires wore quickly for their price-point, yet they delivered a great performance while they lasted. Overall, the PZ4’s scored average for its class in durability. 

Price

To follow up on durability: for its price-quality, the tire is about average, though if there are any variables that we have covered about the PZ4 that you are not yet sold on, you might want to consider a set that isn’t the P Zero PZ4, especially if you are looking for a tire to last you a while. We will cover some of those in the following section. 

Recommendations & Conclusions

So, is the Pirelli P Zero PZ4 worth the investment, and are there alternatives to consider?

Recommendations

Overall, the PZ4 is a great summer tire option for your sports car or a high-end sedan if you want good handling on dry and wet pavement. However, there are certainly better options out there if you spend a little more. We recommend looking at:

  • Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6
  • Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S
  • Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 

For winter conditions, consider a dedicated snow tire. Again, it’s important to remember that the PZ4 is for pavement in non-freezing temperatures.

Conclusions

Based on our research, we concluded that the Pirelli P Zero PZ4 tire is one of the best Summer tires in terms of short-term performance. From the information, analysis, and customer experiences that we have gathered, it’s evident that this is a tire that will serve drivers best on dry pavement. 

We found that PZ4 has a great steering response and creates a solid, smooth, and comfortable experience while driving.

Overall, the Pirelli P Zero PZ4 outperforms many tires in its class but doesn’t last as long as they do. For short-term performance at its price range, it’s hard to beat.

References

Pirelli P Zero PZ4 Review | TireRack.com