Pirelli Cinturato P7 UTQG Rating
Price ranges from about $90 to $400 per tire, depending on size.
Pirelli Cinturato P7 Tire Review
Max Performance Summer
This tire comes in W (168 mph) and Y (186 mph) speed versions, and has just a few sizes in H (130 mph) and V (149 mph). The Pirelli Cinturato P7 is a summer tire and not meant to be driven in snow or icy conditions, but drives fine in the rain.
The Pirelli Cinurato P7 gets its name from the Italian word 'cintura', which means 'metal belt'. This refers to the metal belt woven inside of Pirelli tires since the company started back in the 1950's.
The Cinurato P7 is produced exclusively at Pirelli's new state of the art plant in Silao, Mexico, where Pirelli now makes most of it's premium tires for the US market. It is a low rolling resistance tire designed to give the driver better gas mileage and made with 'green' materials. It also comes in a run flat edition which was reviewed here.
The Pirelli Cinturato P7 is a good all around tire that performed well well on the track when tested in both dry and wet environments. When accelerating at full speed (in dry conditions) on our 2010 BMW M3 there was some wheel spin. When cornering aggressively the tires did lose grip for just a moment, but regained traction. These were tests at high speeds and not under normal driving conditions. All in all, the tires performed well with braking, acceleration, and traction even when driven at high speeds.
We did not test this tire in snowy or icy conditions as it is a summer tire. That being said, if you look at the tread pattern, this tire does have quite a few sipes (the smallest grooves) that are traditionally found on all season tires and winter tires. I would imagine if you were to drive this tire in snow or ice that it might provide ok traction.
Pirelli Cinturato P7 Warranty
The Pirelli Cinturato P7 is a good all around high performance summer tire that performed well in most driving conditions. The tread compound on this tire is pretty soft which gives it good traction. The downside to a tread compound such as this, is that it will wear down really quickly.
If you are looking at possible other options in the summer high performance category I would recommend checking out the Michelin Pilot Super Sport (ranked best in this category but a little pricey) and Continental ExtremeContact DW (mid price range).