Pirelli's Scorpion Winter vs. Scorpion Ice & Snow

Since its introduction, Pirelli has impressed us with their Scorpion Ice & Snow winter tire. It has been a favorite option for many light trucks, SUVs and crossover applications. In fact, it's so well liked that the tire is currently ranked number one in our Tire Survey Results. Some of the most popular fitments have been the 255/55R18 and 255/50R19 size for the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Audi Q7 and VW Touareg. For BMW X5 owners, take a look at one of my previous blog posts, "BMW X5 Sport Package Winter Tires" to see how this tire can help your winter driving.

The Pirelli Scorpion Winter has a more aggressive, directional tread pattern to offer more biting edges on snow- and ice-covered roads. Featuring a more open directional center rib and directional shoulder ribs further help with snow and slush traction, as well as aid in water evacuation and hydroplaning resistance. Pirelli's Ecoimpact icons are branded on the sidewalls to highlight the tire's contribution to the environment with regards to energy efficiency, clean air and low noise.

Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow
Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow
Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Pirelli Scorpion Winter

For the 2012-13 winter season, the new Pirelli Scorpion Winter will be sold alongside the Scorpion Ice & Snow in many sizes. Both tires can make driving fun, even in winter. Shop by vehicle to see if either great winter / snow tire is an option for your vehicle!


Friday, November 8, 2013 by Bobby

I need to purchase winter tire package for my 2011 X5 xDrive50i - It has the M-Sport Package if that makes a difference. I'm confused on what I need.
Friday, November 8, 2013 by Gary


You can view available packages as well as our preferred winter package for your X5 at the 'winter' section of our site, here :


The Pirelli would be an excellent choice for the X5.
Thursday, November 27, 2014 by Morgan

Curious if these are mixable. I wanted to keep OEM RIMs on a 2013 Camaro 2SS and was advised to put Ice and Snow on the rear wheels and Winters on front.
Monday, December 1, 2014 by Gary


It is not recommended to mix different tire tread patterns due to unstable handling. This is especially true with winter tires.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by Bill Knudson

What would you give for an approx. lifespan of these tires compared to the tires that come on an Audi Q7 TDI?
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by Gary


I would expect most drivers to see about 20,000-30,000 winter miles out of either of these Pirelli winter tires.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by David

2015 Q7: I spend most of Winter in CO traveling there and back from TX. If I have to drive one of these on the HWY from TX at the end of Fall and back to TX at the beginning of Spring, can one better take that kind of hotter abuse? While in TX I would switch back to Summer tires.
Monday, April 6, 2015 by Gary


I would expect either tires to handle these conditions with no problem, with a slight preference towards the newer Scorpion Winter model.
Sunday, November 1, 2015 by Joe Barrelli

Just purchased from you Scorpion Winters, . 235-60-18's mounted for 2013 Audi Q5. Not installed yet, however, I notice that Audi also recommends the 17 inch . I was not given the option and wonder if all is OK with the 18's.
Monday, November 2, 2015 by Gary


The tire width is the same between the 18" and 17" sizing, so there would be no difference in snow traction. You can use either size with great results.
Saturday, November 11, 2017 by natasja

what is the rotation direction of the pirelli scorpion ice & snow?
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


That is an asymmetric design so it has an outside when it is mounted but then can roll either direction.

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