Pirelli P Zero Corsa System Sizes & review

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P Zero Corsa System Streetable Track & Competition tires have been developed for the drivers of high-powered, super sports cars primarily for extreme road use, as well as track use at driver’s schools and lapping days. Original Equipment for the road versions of Ferrari 360 Challenge, Lamborghini Gallardo and Porsche GT2 & GT3 cars, the P Zero Corsa System was designed to maximize a car’s performance to satisfy even the most demanding driver in terms of dry handling and braking without abandoning wet traction and noise comfort. The P Zero Corsa System incorporates Pirelli’s racing experience to enhance driving satisfaction at the limits.

P Zero Corsa System radials meet DOT requirements, however they are not recommended for driving in wet conditions where standing water is present and there is the risk of hydroplaning; drivers should drive cautiously at reduced speeds if they encounter these conditions. And like all Streetable Track & Competition tires, P Zero Corsa System radials are not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice. It’s also essential these tires be stored indoors at temperatures maintained above 32 degrees F.

The P Zero Corsa System offers three different competition-type tread designs that include P Zero Corsa Direzionale tires for the front axle (designed to penetrate the water surface and help clear a path for the rear tires) and either P Zero Corsa Asimmetrico or P Zero Corsa Asimmetrico 2 tires for use on the rear axle.

The P Zero Corsa Direzionale tires mold Pirelli’s innovative racing tread compound into a semi-slick, V-shaped directional tread design. The tire’s internal structure includes ultra-light, flexible belts reinforced by spirally wound nylon and a very stiff sidewall construction resulting in a wide footprint area to enhance dry grip while directional grooves increase hydroplaning resistance.

The P Zero Corsa Asimmetrico tread design features a semi-slick, low void ratio and a large external shoulder structure with a minimum number of grooves to eliminate the blocky structure of a conventional pattern. The P Zero Corsa System Asimmetrico asymmetric and directional tread design requires separate left and right side tires for the vehicle as branded on each tire’s sidewall. The tire’s internal structure includes highly flexible steel belts reinforced by spirally wound nylon to enhance cornering stability and provide high-speed capability while reducing weight.

The P Zero Corsa Asimmetrico 2 tread design is inspired by Pirelli’s P Zero Max Performance Summer tire and features a semi-slick, low void ratio and a large external shoulder structure. The P Zero Corsa System Asimmetrico 2’s asymmetric tread design allows it to be used on both left and right sides of the vehicle. The tire’s internal structure includes highly flexible steel belts reinforced by spirally wound nylon to enhance cornering stability and provide high-speed capability while reducing weight.

NOTE: While it is recommended that P Zero Corsa Direzionale tires only be used on the front axle positions of mid- and rear-engine cars, P Zero Corsa System Asimmetrico and Asimmetrico 2 tires can also be used on all four wheel positions of track driven cars, as well as front-engine and front-wheel drive cars.

The P Zero Corsa System tires are typically molded with 6/32″ to 8/32″ of tread depth in their grooves and can be left unshaved for use on damp tracks or shaved to approximately 4/32″ of tread depth to begin competitive road racing/track use in dry conditions.

Warning: P Zero Corsa System radials meet DOT requirements, however they are not recommended for driving in wet conditions where standing water is present and there is the risk of hydroplaning; drivers should drive cautiously at reduced speeds if they encounter these conditions. This is especially true of shaved or worn tires. And like other Streetable Track & Competition tires, these tires are not intended to be stored, serviced nor driven in near- or below freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.

31 COMMENTS

  1. The Pirelli Corsa in 265\30-19 were fantastic, good. I was super impressed for a tire with this much rain channel at dry traction and release characteristics; they would slide with grip, never felt like they just ‘gave up’. I did a bit of timing but not religiously. IT was a wet session, dry session, wet session, damp session, dry… all day. Really a good test-bed for HP tires. Braking was the bomb, they never failed to impress me, they don’t have the eerie dry grip of the Trofeo R, but the feedback was top notch, I really knew what the car was doing, super excellent feedback, progressive.They price out around 320.00 a tire vs the Trofeo at near 400 so they do present an excellent value, but unlike the Trofeo they were excellent in the rain, never felt like I was on marbles, tires didn’t spin on corner exits: I run with all traction control off (as much as you can “off the TC and ESC”). The Trofeo when new is OK in the wet but they will spin up on corner exits a bit and tail wag more. The Corsa at least when new do not, I would have to “try” to make the car wag or spin up. I like: Smooth is fast.My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5, and 5 being a mythical tire, that is both great in the rain and the dry. Tires are a game of compromise; what do you need it to do and when.Dry traction: AWet Grip: A-Feedback: A+Lateral Acceleration: B+Ride Comfort: BQuietness: B-Value: A

  2. The Pirelli P Zero Corsa came as standard equipment on my Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. I was skeptical about the tire life being a 60 wear rated tire, but to my surprise, it appears like they may last about 12-14k miles, which is excellent for a streetable track tire. I have been blown away by the overall performance of the tire. It really puts the power to the ground, has excellent steering response with an exceptional ride. They have totally surpassed my expectations and definitely a re-purchase candidate for my next replacement set. My last good set of tires were the Michelin Pilot Super Sport on my 2015 M3, and I have to say, the Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires are much better handling, better riding, and even quieter than the Michelins. I¿m also surprised to see that I will be getting a full 70% of the life of Michelins with the Pirellis despite an anticipated much much shorter estimated tread life (60 vs 280). The key to me is not how long the tire meanders along over a slightly longer life so much as how well it performs during it¿s actual useable life. The Pirelli is significantly better than the Michelin in pretty much every regard despite lasting for a shorter timeframe, but that is to be expected for an ultra high performance streetable track tire. If you are seeking the best performing tire over a few extra miles of treadwear for your high performance car, definitely consider the Pirelli P Zero Corsa.

  3. I have been very impressed with the all around attributes of this tire. I still have plenty of tread left after 8,000 miles including a couple track events, and the street traction is very good, even when I have found myself unexpectedly in rainy conditions. With such limited choices in the Viper sizes, I’m happy that Pirelli seems to have come up with a winner here. Will purchase again.

  4. Staggered 19″ Pirelli PZero Corsa (255/40 front, 285/35 rear) were the OEM tire specifically designed for Ford’s 2013 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca. I rate then “Poor” over the 4 years / 15,000 miles I’ve had them. I don’t drive my Mustangs in rain or snow, and typically store them end-November thru mid-March to avoid Long Island (NY) winters. The tires are noisy and ride rough. Tread wear was imperceptible for 3 years (probably due to my low mileage usage), but started to show in the past year. Three long road trips in summer were OK, but rough and loud. Any driving below 50 degrees F is like taking your life in your hands. Axle hop around slow corners, fish tailing around fast corners, etc. Plus if you go out during the day when it’s 50-60F, and come back at night when it’s in the 40s, losing grip on even a dry road is likely. Even the Boss 302 Laguna Seca’s super-car capabilities, can’t save you in traffic when it starts to slip.

  5. They were on sale so I thought I would give them a try. Car is a 2006 Z06 Heads, Cam, Boltons, E85. Running RE71Rs (275/35 18) up front. Wish I could run the REs in the back but they don’t have the size. These Pirellis plain and simple —-. Their performance of intended function is very bad. I had them shaved and heat cycled as the manufacturer recommends. They cannot hold 1st, 2nd, or 3rd gear, make the car scary to drive, have awful cold grip, don’t seem to want to get hot even after a lot of wheels speen. On a road course they cannot keep up with the little 275 bridgestone tire giving me too much overdrive, and uneasy corner exit.. and this is a 355 we’re talking about. Yes they are quite but with a UTQG of 60, you aren’t buying them for practicality.. Will not buy again, not even if they were 90% off. Not ever remotely worth sticker price

  6. Came stock on my Quadrifoglio – they lasted way longer than I expected with 15 passes at drage strip, 2 long trips, one 20 min strack session and a lot of ripping around town in South Florida. I couldnt believe they lasted over 12k miles!

  7. Owners complain that these tires don’t last, but mine have at least 50% of the tread left at 5,000 miles and maybe more. Performance in a recent rainstorm was excellent. Ride is very quiet and comfortable. Only complaint is a fragile sidewall. One of my front tires developed a bubble after a minor impact going into a driveway at low speed while on a trip. You have to keep adding air every 2 weeks or so (particularly in cooler weather) to maintain air pressure, and I suspect that many complaints about tread life result from running them a bit underinflated. Overall experience is very good. Just wish they were a bit more rugged, but there is probably a ride trade-off there. They are expensive, but I might buy another set.

  8. The tires were the OEM on my Guilia Quadrifoglia. They are clearly only intended for dry warm weather. They don’t work well below 55 degrees. They also are subject to hydroplaning which I found out on a highway with only moderate rain. Wear was as expected for an ultra aggressive compound. I am replacing with Michelin Pilots as I have owned them in the past and they have always been a well rounded performance tire that is also livable with in bad weather.

  9. Both my ’07 and ’10 GT3 came fitted with the Pirelli Corsa System tires, initially I was dissapointed that they were not fitted with the Michelin MPSC+, however for wet weather driving the Corsa is superior in its grip, ability to clear water, and to avoid aquaplaning than the Michelin; while giving up a little on the extreme dry traction (track).Overall, if you plan to drive your 911 in the wet, I believe the Pirelli is a better choice than the Michelin…if you only drive in the dry, and on the track the Michelin is a better extreme dry tire…

  10. Amazing combination of traction and longevity of tire tread. I am finally having to put on new tires on the rear at 8000 miles which for a competition oriented tire is phenomonal. It also means that I can drive to the track and home again without switching wheels. With the system, I also found that I could drive in the wet at highway speeds (75 mph) without hydroplanning as the front tires evacuated water so the rear tires were on just wet pavemen. As the fronts are wearing down now that part of the performance is not as good.

  11. Came as factory tire on my car and I couldn’t be happier. I have 14 30 min sessions on these tires along with 30+ autocross runs and over 5k of street mileage, unbelieveable! By far one of the best tires if money wasn’t an issue, they can do it all. Have already purchased a second set and will run again in this years track season.

  12. Stock OEM tires worked very well over first track day weekend (8 runs over two days / 4 each day / OAT in the high 70’s). Excellent turn in and ultimate grip with progressive, predictable breakaway on a 3.1 mile road course. Ran tires to 41 psi (when hot) as directed by manual. Very happy after that first weekend. I run quite aggressively on the track but was satisfied with the inital wear. Your opinion of acceptable wear may differ but to try and quantify it I thought they only had one more full (8 run) weekend in them before they would need to be replaced. However I did not get the cnace to find out as the next time I ran them there seemed to be significantly less grip and the car was simply not a planted as the previous runs, best description would be that the tires felt “hard”. Was sure I had messed up the tire pressures (OAT in the high 80’s) but they checked good after my first run. Unfortunately I also noticed that i had ruined the front left tire as the center rib was nearly gone with large chunks of it actually missing. In the tires defense i do not believe I did a proper heat cycle on them that first weekend and was too aggressive too early. Had I done that the tires may have been as good as they were during my first sessions. Even saying that though i probably would not buy them again as they are simply too expensive when compared to other R-compound options. I will be trying the Toyo R888’s to see how they fare as a street / track option.

  13. Although this was a great tire in perfect conditions (dry and 75 degrees) on the track, it was not worth the cost in my opinion. As expected these tires wore quickly, but I would expect more traction from an r-compound that wears this quickly (replacing after 4000 miles). There are tires that are just as good if not better for much less that last longer. I will not be buying another set of these tires.

  14. Stock tires. They came with the car. I don’t think they worth the price, they only were solid when they were new and up to 2500 miles. These are track tires and I guess they should only be used for track. I use them to drag racing on a racetrack, 1/8 mile runs and the traction is really bad after 2500 miles. I wouldn’t buy them again.

  15. Great tire for the track and normal street driving. Not a good tire with temperature below 60 degrees until they get warmed up. Tire wear is not very good unless you don’t abuse the tire. If you do normal driving I believe that you would get between 10,000 to 15,000 miles on a set of rear tires which is not bad considering the tread wear rating is only 60. These tires are not meant for the rain and I have not driven in any wet conditions therefore I have only rated the tires for dry conditions. If you track the car and want something that will stick and don’t mind the cost, then buy the tires. I have already purchased my next two sets with no regrets.

  16. I had 4 take off tires for 300USD which give me a great chance to try out this tires.I had about 4 track days on these tires. They are great on dry condition. I’m able to get much better lap time compare to Michelin PSS. 3 points you need to consider: 1. almost unbearable road noise anywhere beyond 50 mph. 2. cornering stability is superb. Very smooth very stable 3. doesn’t response well to big steering input. 4. cold traction is not good, Need one or two warn up lap before the tires can do their best.

  17. These came stock on my Mustang Boss LS. I did two track days on them, and wasn’t all that impressed. Tire wear was about what I’d expect of a race tire, but the grip just wasn’t as high as I expected for an R-comp that’s this expensive. Maybe the car was parked in the sun, I don’t know, but the car suffered from terminal understeer and I could only do 2 minute flat laps around NOMP, running 38 psi hot on a 90 deg day.I will say in even slightly chilly weather, on the streets…don’t bother. I lightly brushed the gas pulling out of a strip mall on a 50 deg day and the car went totally sideways. It may be road legal, but I wouldn’t call it a street tire.I replaced these with Michelin Super Sports, which aren’t quite as grippy, but are usable on the street as well as the track. Get yourself a 2nd set of rims for track days before you buy these tires.

  18. I got these tires on a new Evora, not an S but the drop down doesn’t allow for a base Evora. I drive these tires on twisty backroads where they eliminate the need for an S or any other more powerful car. I go through the 45mph rated curves…. well because this is on the internet… I go through them a little faster than that with great ease. The Evora is beautiful on the backroads and I’ve driven MR2s, Miatas, Elises, Caymans, Boxters, 911s, GTIs, Corrados and 4Runners. But… this isn’t a car review, it’s a tire review and the reason I’m writing it is because I’m seeing low scores for the Corsa System for the comfort-related categories. I don’t just pull out of my driveway onto the backroads, I take the interstate, 4 lanes of concrete to get there and depending on where I go, 2 lanes of asphalt. I will attribute some of this to the Evora suspension which if you watch Top Gear, you know it can handle the track or the run off area. But… when I’m cruising at 75 on the interstate, this car is as quiet and comfortable as anything I’ve ever driven. You can see that I like driving sports cars. To me, an Elise makes a perfectly fine daily driver. We take it on vacation and are able to throw a duffle bag and 2 backpacks in the trunk. So, I may be biased but these tires in my opinion are spectacular interstate cruisers in addition to their obvious better than average handling traits. Also, in regard to cold weather. I get my Evora out any time I can. Usually not below about 40F though. Now, this is a car with only 275hp with the engine sitting almost on top of the drive wheels, and I’ve never had any trouble with these tires in the cold. If it’s cold I don’t try to see if I can get the car to break loose. I have 3000 miles on the tires and have no sign of wear yet. I don’t expect to get 30000 miles on them but it doesn’t look like they’re going to be worth only 3 or 5 or even 10K miles either. Don’t overlook these due to concerns about comfort or cold.

  19. These P Zero Corsa tires are unlike any tire I have had before in road adhesion, steering stability and inspiring a general feeling of confidence. For some background, I drive a ’05 M3 with Bilstein PSS9 coilovers and CSL anti-roll bars. I run 255/35/19 s up front and 285/30/19 s in the rear at 36 psi all around. The first time high speed corner, my M3 almost telepathically steered itself into the sweeper, and what’s more unusual, I feel like I can now place the front end of my car at any (preferably late) apex point. The front end now feels darty, but in a good way. For comparison, the car has been fitted with Michelin PS2 tires and Conti 5P, which are well regarded, and Goodyear Gen 1 Asymmetrics, where they won EVO Magazines tire test, and none of these tires compare to these Corsa tires. These tires just hang on and add a higher degree of road holding than I am used to. If anyone is looking for a super-stick tire, this is the one.

  20. I have had 6,000 miles on both front and rear with these tires including 5 track days, about 3 hours each day of track time. I am replacing the rear only. The front have a lot of miles left. I have tried Michelin and Conti on Porsche and this is the best. I have also tracked twice at Sebring in the rain. And while there was not standing water as they clear the track, and speeds were slower, the tires did great. I also use this car for my daily car and the tires are great in the fast paced world of Miami. Unlike what others have said, I have never heard tire noise but I have a cabriolet so outside noise is more common that than in a coupe.

  21. These Tires are absoluely brilliant. They offer superior traction, but need to be warmed up first. I had horrible Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires put on before these. In comparison these are just amazing, my car now handles beautifully. You won’t believe what speeds you can enter corners in this tire with complete trust. The responsiveness is instant. Wet Traction is very good as well. Hands down the best tire I’ve ever had on my car. Only bad thing on the tire is that it is very soft rubber and tread wear isn’t good. Also these tires are fairly expensive, but the entirety of the tire I promise you will have a simile on your face.

  22. These PZero Corsa tires are mounted on the track wheels for my GT3 driven to/from/on the track. To date (July 07, 2015) they have seen 4 DE track days for a total of 350 track miles with the remaining 1400 miles on highway. I am not overly aggressive on track so I would estimate they are good for maybe another 2-3 track days with the rears going first just like my first set based on the current tread wear. My next set may be the Gen 2 MPSCs for comparison purposes if they are available when required.

  23. Bought the car with these tires on it. Seemed fairly grippy when warmed up, but would slide around a lot until warm. Could not drive on them in temps below 50 deg F as they would let loose a lot. They also made the car very darty and tramline over uneven surfaces. When I switched over to winter tires the rears were worn down to the wear bars but the fronts still had some life left. That was only with 2300 miles on them with zero track time. On warm days when warmed up, driving up mountain roads, they felt okay, good grip, good predictability. But they have to be warm. Not the best tire ive used, but not the worst either.

  24. These tires are not that sticky for how quickly they wear. The treadwear is absolutely unacceptable. You can probably expect about 100 miles of track time on a set of these tires–you had better buy a whole pallet of them.

  25. I’ve had a set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Pilot Sport cup 2 before these. Compared to those 2, honestly I do not like these tires any better than either of them. Treadwear is absolute trash. I did not track these tires but it lasted me less than 4k miles. Don’t get me wrong, it is a very good performance tire but for the price, id rather get the pilot sport cup 2 tires instead. Longer tread life and better handling in my opinion.

  26. These have been the worst tires I have every used/owned. They came as OEM on my Boss 302 LS and I really have heard no positive stories regarding them. While I usually only drive to and from car shows (no track days, etc.) I have done the occasional hard launch and the dry traction is terrible. I strongly urge potential buyers to look at the UTQG. The grip is poor and the wear is extremely high. I have put less than 3000 miles on these tires (again no hard driving) and all four are likely going to be replaced in 2017.As an aside, having multiple friends with Boss’ that do track them these tires have been shown to be somewhat dangerous. Apparently the temperature pattern they generate (at least on Mustangs) is not even and creates intense hot spots on the edges that have caused multiple drivers to experience severe blisters (ruined tires) and in a few cases complete sidewall explosions.

  27. Horrendous wheel hop where none existed before on Michelin all seasons. Treadwear rated 60 but traction is more like 300. Now have 4000 miles on these tires and I regret buying them. I’d now give dry traction a rating of 4. Treadwear also a 4. I can’t wait to replace these.

  28. Staggered 19″ Pirelli PZero Corsa (255/40 front, 285/35 rear) were the OEM tire specifically designed for Ford’s 2013 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca. I rate then “Poor” over the 4 years / 15,000 miles I’ve had them. I don’t drive my Mustangs in rain or snow, and typically store them end-November thru mid-March to avoid Long Island (NY) winters. The tires are noisy and ride rough. Tread wear was imperceptible for 3 years (probably due to my low mileage usage), but started to show in the past year. Three long road trips in summer were OK, but rough and loud. Any driving below 50 degrees F is like taking your life in your hands. Axle hop around slow corners, fish tailing around fast corners, etc. Plus if you go out during the day when it’s 50-60F, and come back at night when it’s in the 40s, losing grip on even a dry road is likely. Even the Boss 302 Laguna Seca’s super-car capabilities, can’t save you in traffic when it starts to slip.

  29. I participate in probably 10 track days a year. Each track day consists of 4 sessions of about 45-50 miles per session, so 200 miles a day time 10 days. That’s 2,000 extremely hard miles. The car weighs 4200 lbs with driver, so there’s a lot of stress on the brakes and on the tires. The car tears up the 17-turn Sebring course, the Daytona Rolex 24, and Watkins Glen’s long course (with the boot). I absolutely love my Corsa. I also run a set of lower profile Michelin Pilot Cup 2s which also work well. But the Cup 2s are not an all-weather tire. I can rely on the Corsas to run in rain or shine. I give the Cup 2s the edge in hard cornering, but I give the Corsas the edge in being able to put the power down sooner coming out of a corner.

  30. These were OE on my Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio and I expected the great dry performance but was shocked by the strong comfort, wet performance and quietness. Yes, they wear very quickly, I’m at 11k miles now and they’re very slippery and need to be replaced. And they are very expensive. But for the first 10k miles, they were exceptional. Thinking of switching to Michelin pilot super sport just to get more treadwear though.

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