The Winter Sottozero 3 is Pirelli’s third generation Sottozero (Italian for below zero) Performance Winter / Snow tire developed for the drivers of premium, high performance vehicles who will face challenging wintertime road conditions as they drive their cars year-round. The Winter Sottozero 3 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 tires are designed not just as snow tires, but as seasonal tires suitable for the cold weather and freezing road conditions.

Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3Winter Sottozero 3 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 road and air temperature changes.

Winter Sottozero 3 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 tires in sets of four only.

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


  1. Given the huge number of positive reviews for this tire I was really confident in my purchase. Having driven them now in the snow multiple times in Wisconsin/Milwaukee they don’t compare AT ALL to my previous set of Pirelli Winter Maxx tires. Those things were great in a snowstorm. Truly confidence inspiring. These tires seem geared toward sub 40F performance on dry / frozen road surfaces. With an absolute minuscule amount of snow on the road they slip around like a set of 5+ year old snow tires with 25K miles on them. I honestly don’t understand how reviews work on tirerack. My experience seems to be completely different than everyone else that bought these. I have them on a set of downsized wheels on my 2012 Subaru STI. This car is an absolute beast in the snow and older Pirelli’s were amazing. The new Sorrtazeros, Sorta—-. Driving to work this morning with less than an inch of unplowed snow on the ground I found myself actually considering ordering a different set of tires as if $700 was a drop in the bucket. Really disappointed.

  2. I live in the Twin Cities (MN) area so I drive in heavy snow, -20F and a lot worse, and on glare ice since MN doesn’t believe in plowing or de-icing. This is my third set of Sotozeros on my Mustang GT, 230,000 total miles. My first set of winter tires were Michelins but I wasn’t satisfied and switched to the Pirellis and never looked back. I probably have 75,000 miles on Sotozeros and have never got stuck or lost control, and that includes a lot of highway driving in blizzard conditions. I have a 2020 Shelby GT350 on order and it will ride on Sotozero III’s in the winter. I will drop the wheel width to 9″ for the winter tires so I can run the 245-45 x 19 size. The Mustang GT runs on 255-40 x 19. Crossing slush ridges with 295’s in the front of the GT350 would scare the dickens out of me. If you can, always run narrower tires for dedicated winter use. Oh, and the Sotozeros look very nice!

  3. Great winter tire. Noise is acceptable and snow traction is great. We have had record snow so tires have had a good test. Ice beaming is as good as any winter tire I have ever owned, including Blizzak, Michelin and Pirelli

  4. I put these tires on my rear wheel drive 2004 BMW 330Ci last fall. I live in Michigan. Winter this year has offered some of the most challenging road conditions I have ever experienced in Michigan. I can safely say that the Pirelli Sottozero 3 XL is by far the best winter tire I have ever driven! I just completed a grueling drive in a heavy ice storm. The roads vacillated between slush, ice, snow, and water. The air temperature hovered between 28 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit. I was able to maintain a safe 70 mph on interstate highways and never once felt like I was about to spin-out. The car’s traction control system never kicked-in. I am completely impressed by the performance of these tires in the worst possible winter driving conditions. Hat’s off to the folks at Pirelli!

  5. I have a set of Sottozero 3’s for two Maserati’s (my 2014 GT and my wife’s 2014 Ghibli). These tires are fantastic. They take no time at all to get a little heat into them and get and stay soft in real subzero temps. I live in Westchester, NY and we range from slushy 32 degree snow to -7F ice and these tires really shine in the winter. The tread wear is very good in my opinion. I put 14k on my GT on these tires and the fronts are still like new and the rears are about half down in tread but plenty left and I drive pretty aggressively in dry conditions. The initial turn-in response is a little softer but that’s to be expected, and particularly as I went down to 18″ rims for the winter wheel set (down from 20″ with PZero OEM). The ride is great and road noise is very low and quiet. Love these tires. I used to have a set of Michelin Pilot Alpin several years ago on a 535i rear drive and these tires are much much better in my opinion.

  6. I will buy these tires again. I drove then for four winters. Very good in snow covered roads. Maybe not as good in snow as the Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 (installed in our other car), but better than them on cold dry roads. Noise level is higher but acceptable.

  7. My first set of winter tires and this was the winter to have them in Wisconsin. If I can get through a record 53″ of snow in one month then I will get through any winter here. The snow plows have had a hard time keeping up so the tires have been tested quite often and they have come through every time. One snowfall came on top of the icy parking lot at work and many cars with all-season tires and FWD were requiring help just to get out of the lot. My A4 drove right out without a problem despite the low clearance and plowing some snow in the process. Sure, the quattro helps, but I now know what having winter tires is all about and I will never go without them again. I previously had an SUV with a front-drive based AWD system and all-season tires and that was no comparison. Now all I have to worry about on the roads is the other drivers… I had thought the winter tread would be louder, but the road noise is surprisingly quiet. They have been comfortable enough. I don’t expect miracles on the roads around here (especially in Winter) and my car also has the lower sport suspension. I have 19″ summer wheels and went down to 17″ for these winter tires to get some extra sidewall height and try to make them a little less harsh on the rough winter roads. I certainly wouldn’t complain about the ride, and the grip on any surface has been fantastic.


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