New details about the new Pirelli Cinturato Winter second-generation tire are disclosed.
Pirelli continues updating its Cinturato line — last year, it presented the summer Cinturato P7, and in the beginning of this year the Cinturato All Season SF 2; now these two are joined by the Cinturato Winter 2. The new model belongs to the category of studless winter tires of the European type; it has come to replace the first-generation Cinturato Winter tire, presented back in 2016.
The new Pirelli model was designed for passenger cars and SUVs, the focus having been made on improving snow traction, as well as ensuring more driving safety in any winter conditions due to highly effective braking performance. The manufacturer also says that the tire ensures a quieter ride, and the noise level has been significantly cut down in comparison to the predecessor model, the Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3. Thanks to this, Pirelli says, the new model is arguably one of the best in its class by this specific parameter (rated A-B in accordance with the EU labeling system). In addition, the new tire has a much longer tread life, which became possible due to the new tread compound.
The tread pattern of the new Pirelli tire was designed using modeling software, and optimized for uniform load distribution. The tread pattern includes wide circumferential grooves that efficiently evacuate water from the contact area, as well as «adaptive» 3D sipes that change their shape from straight to sine as they wear, allowing the tire to maintain a constant level of snow traction.
The tire has been tested and certified by the independent German testing organization TÜV SÜD that confirmed its excellent handling performance and granted Pirelli the right to use its «seal of approval». The new tire will be available in a few dozen sizes with a fitting diameter ranging from 16 to 20 inches; in accordance with the EU labeling system, it was rated as B-D for fuel efficiency and B for wet grip.