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Pirelli Scorpion ATR Tire - A Tough Tire (For Town And Dirt)

Pirelli Scorpion Has A Sting

Rick PéwéPhotographer, WriterHank BierhardthPhotographer

If you're deaf from the whine of big mud tires and have a bad back from driving on aired-up, bias-belted tires, then the new Pirelli Scorpion ATR might not be for you. On the other hand, if you're looking for a good tire with excellent street cred as well as off-road performance, the new offering from Pirelli might fit the bill.

We got a chance to check out the new tire on a recent trip to Vegas, and on dirt and rocks it proved to be a much better tire than we anticipated. Pirelli isn't our first thought for an off-road tire, but since Pirelli produced the original Armstrong Tru-Tracs, it makes sense that the company would know a thing or two, including all about rally racing.

This tire was specifically made for the enthusiast rather than the grocery-getter, but careful attention was still paid to noise and ride since most people care about those. The design, with its the central sweeping ribs and computer-designed blocks and spacing, helps with both traction and noise control. The Scorpion ATR has the unique benefit of being a quiet tire when worn as well as new. We plan to do a full test run soon, but for now here's some highlights of what we found on the trail.