BMW choses Pirelli P Zero for M8

Published by Stephen Goodchild
14th October 2019
BMW choses Pirelli P Zero for M8

Depending on specification, the new, 250 km/h BMW M8 delivers up to 460 kW/625 hp from its 4.4 litre V8 biturbo petrol engine. This power meets the road by way of the Pirelli P Zero. BMW Group has homologated the Pirelli tyre as original equipment for the M8 in size 275/35 ZR 20 (102Y) XL (front axle) and 285/35 ZR 20 (104Y) XL (rear axle).

Pirelli says that compared to the original P Zero, the variant specified for BMW delivers better performance. Lap time, dry handling, wet handling, consistency, braking performance, straight hydroplaning, lateral hydroplaning, weight, comfort, noise and mileage are all improved. “In this way, the custom-made P Zero makes a decisive contribution to the BMW M8’s enhancing its potential to the full,” comments the tyre maker.

In order to adapt the P Zero’s performance characteristics to the driving characteristics of BMW vehicles, Pirelli engineers modified the tyre’s tread pattern, among other things, in order to optimise the noise level while rolling. This also results in an even stronger grip and excellent wet performance. To achieve the best possible balance between the front and rear axles of the vehicle, the engineers used different layer constructions in the casings for the front and rear tyres. The front tyre has a symmetrical casing structure, while the rear tyres have an asymmetrical structure.