Winter Sottozero 3 Run Flat tires are Pirelli’s third generation of Sottozero (Italian for below zero) Performance Winter / Snow run-flat tires developed for the drivers of premium, high performance vehicles facing challenging wintertime road conditions as they drive their cars year-round. Winter Sottozero 3 Run Flat tires feature Pirelli’s Self-Supporting Run Flat Technology that enhances safety and convenience by providing temporary extended mobility in the event a puncture allows complete loss of air pressure. Pirelli’s Self-Supporting Run Flat Technology allows tires to literally “run flat” for up to 50 miles at 50 mph (80 km at 80 km/h) unless otherwise specified by the vehicle manufacturer for Original Equipment tires.

The Winter Sottozero 3 Run Flat was developed with the philosophy that winter / snow tires must perform in a variety of unpredictable weather conditions. Designed to provide traction and handling in cool, cold, dry, wet and wintry conditions, Winter Sottozero 3 Run Flat tires are designed not just as snow tires, but as seasonal tires suitable for the cold weather and freezing road conditions.

Winter Sottozero 3 Run Flat tires use an innovative compound with specialized polymers that improve the tread rubber compound’s mechanical, thermal and dynamic properties. The compound is molded into a directional pattern that features an enlarged contact patch comprised of arrow-shaped center blocks and more rounded shoulders to expel water and slush. High-density 3D sipe technology improves braking performance and snow-to-snow traction.

The tire’s internal structure includes twin steel belts reinforced by spirally wrapped polyamide that enhances thermal stability and makes the tires less sensitive to changes in road and air temperatures. Pirelli’s extended mobility solution is made possible by their MIRS computer-controlled robotized manufacturing system, a production process that assures consistency in the application of the additional sidewall reinforcements that provide the self-supporting run-flat capability.

Winter Sottozero 3 Run Flat winter / snow tires meet the industry’s severe snow service requirements and are branded with the three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) symbol.

Install Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 Run Flat tires in sets of four only.

Due to the traction capabilities of the Sottozero 3 Run Flat tires, Pirelli recommends using them only in sets of four to provide the best handling characteristics and tire performance.

Though they cannot be labeled as run-flat tires, tires branded with MOExtended or MOE on their sidewalls offer run-flat-like characteristics by delivering limited temporary extended mobility after a puncture results in complete loss of air pressure. Because MOExtended or MOE tires do not have the same speed and distance endurance of conventional run-flat tires, they should not be substituted in any situation where a conventional run-flat tire is required. To confirm what your vehicle needs, check our Original Equipment tire listing for your year, make and model or see your vehicle owner’s manual.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Great tire for wet and snow conditions, these tires will perform when you need them. I live close to Lake Michigan we often get lake effect snow, and I have to say that it doesn’t matter if its 1/2 inch of snow or 8 inches of snow these tires have not disappointed me. Great traction no matter the condition.

  2. These are the best winter tires for the Miata with automatic trans. Excellent in the snow and ice. You can feel how tacky the tires are. I’ve tried the Blizzacks which were useless in the snow. I live in north NJ and we get plenty of snow, these tires do the job. I definitely recommend them.

  3. I wanted a winter tire that would hold up well on the majority of cold and dry days too. This performance tire does exactly that.

  4. I’m glad most people had a good experience with these tires, but 5 out of 6 that were sent to me were out of round, unbalanceable, with really high roadforce numbers which caused vibrations that took a long time and many trips (4x and counting) to the tire shop to figure out.You could clearly see the belts going up and down radially on the balancer.At slow speeds they felt overall good for a performance winter tire, but the quality here at least in my experience is really bad. Asked to send them back.

  5. I have run another major manufacturers winter tires on my Honda S2000 and a previous 370Z (almost 2 decades). There simply is no comparison. Firstly, if no one had told me, I’d never know these were run-flats. Secondly, these tires feel as though they handle as well as the stock summer tires that came with the car. I’m truly serious here. These handle so much better than any previous winter tire I’ve used, that I almost look forward to driving these again next winter. I have very good tread depth left and based the wear this year, I see no reason why I couldn’t get 5 or 6 seasons out of these.

  6. More sporting than the OEM Conti Pro Contacts (touring/ All Seasons) that were the OEM tire on the TourX, but Pirelli’s are some what noisier and rougher ride with greater rolling resistance. (Not terrible ) These are good performance snow tires, not ultimate snow/ice grip tires, but way better than all seasons in snow, slush, and ice. Steering response and dry/wet grip are very good. I like they are speed rated. I hope they wear well.I got them at a great price, Buick does not have a spare, so run flat feature is nice to have.

  7. A good performing winter tire, but in the three seasons that I used them, I had three tires develop large sidewall bubbles. And its not like I drive through a lot of rough roads and pot holes. And of course, each time it was towards the end of winter when replacements are no longer in stock. Definitely a pain…. I would not recommend these tires at all.

  8. First year ownership had no snow or ice to test them in. Road noice very low, smooth tire, would keep on all year round except no point to wearing them down in summer.

  9. Excellent all round performance. Where I live we get cold temperatures and occasional light snow, with the odd heavy snowfall thrown in, so I bias my selection of winter tires to dry pavement. I must admit I was very pleasantly surprised by these tires. They truly feel like summer tires on dry pavement, and are way ahead of my old Blizzak OEM runflats for noise, comfort and handling in the snow.

  10. In Massachusetts the 9 feet of snow this winter set a record. These tires got me through when others were in trouble, including climbing icy hills. The steering responsiveness was better than with these winter tires than it was with the all-season Pirelli P-7’s that came on the car. Consumer Reports regards these tires as inferior to the Michelin Xice Xi3’s that we put on my wife’s Tiguan on ice and snow but superior on wet and dry surfaces. If there is a difference between these two brands, it was not significant enough for me to notice. My car was never in trouble with the Pirellis on ice or snow and her car was never in trouble on wet or dry surfaces. I bought the Pirellis for my car because they came as run-flats. I can recommend them most highly.

  11. I purchased these winter tires last year and drove on them for an entire year, through the cold of winter and the heat of summer here in New England. They performed outstandingly in that service… no issues whatsoever with their performance on any level until they wore out. I just ordered a replacement set of the same. My driving is mostly highway and I drive fast and hard. Typically 20k miles per year.My car being a spirited diesel it chews through tires… breaking free with any tire I have put on this car is as simple of pushing the go pedal down far enough. This is the best tire to date that I have put on it and with 120k on the car that represents at least 5 sets I have put on it since I bought it with 20k on it, many of those costing significantly more than these. I recommend this tire highly.Chuck

  12. Overall, I am pleased with these. This is my second type of performance tire on my 335, the first being Dunlop WinterSport 3D (non-runflat). Compared to the WinterSports, snow and ice traction is improved. I also feel that dry and wet traction is superior to the WinterSports as well. Feedback/steering responsiveness is slightly better than the WinterSports, but that is most likely due to the stiffer sidewall construction on the Sottozeros since they are the Run Flat versions. On the negative side, the ride is stiffer due to the run flat nature of the tire and road noise is noticeable louder (but not terrible) than the WinterSports. When these wear out I think I’ll try the non-runflat version of this tire as it has been really good as a performance Winter tire here in NJ. I’ve got more confidence when the weather turns bad with these and wear seems to be very good so far (about 5,000 miles and maybe 1/32″ of treadwear).

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