A Great Tire For Pickups And Suvs That Actually Leave The Pavement On Occasion-And For Tjs That Stay Mostly On The Road
To introduce the Scorpion ATR, Pirelli had gone out of its way to give the media a chance to experience the virtues of this newly designed tire, constructing an "off-road course" on a flat dirt field at the Las Vegas Speedway for two Jeep Unlimiteds to conquer. Instructors in the passenger seats guided the magazine writers through the Case tractor-induced hazards, proving for all practical purposes that an Unlimited isn't, at least in the suspension articulation department, and that the new tire was holding air.
Journalists were then treated to a trail ride in the nearby Nevada desert, in 4x4s ranging from capable stock Dodge Durangos to a Hummer with 22-inch wheels. Thus we were able to learn that the ATR is quiet on pavement and that a stock Grand Cherokee can go places that the Pirelli officials didn't want it to be, despite being saddled with a single-speed transfer case. Still, it didn't really educate us all that much on the tire's capabilities. Especially since we weren't allowed to air down-which was probably just as well since there were no means to air back up.
Now, how was anyone supposed to know what the Scorpion ATR could accomplish based on this? Had we penned our impressions at this point, we could certainly conclude that the Pirelli Scorpion ATR was round, black, quiet on the highway, and still held air. Also, that the ATR seemed to work fine on dirt roads and mild trails. We'd expect that much from any modern, non-mud tire.