Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.92

2009 Lexus GX470
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Groveland, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

Car came with Dunlop tires. I cannot believe Lexus put those tires on this car. I got rid of them at 25K. I have a 2000 LX 470 and have always been happy with the LTX M/S. These tires are even better. There is nothing bad about this tire. Bought at Tire Rack. Had dealer mount 'em. Better everything: handling, ride, traction and even gas mileage. I hunt, so in addition to city/highway, I do cornfields, creeks and every other type of off-road driving that can be found in the Midwest. The only thing that keeps me from buying a Range Rover Sport is that I cannot find these tires for that truck. I still have my LX 470 and still use the LTX M/S on that truck (it has 287K). I'm not necessarily a Michelin freak. My wife has a Lexus RX and I'm putting Continentals on that. But for the larger SUVs, the LTX M/S is fantastic tire. I like the M/S 2 better than the M/S, but they don't make it for the '00 LX470. When my friends are stuck in their Range Rovers, I'm going strong, mainly because of the traction these tires afford. On the highway, rain, snow, and sun, the tires handle well and are quiet. I'm 63 and have driven a car/truck farther in reverse than most have driven in forward. These tires are simply the best. If they make 'em to fit your vehicle, buy them. You will thank me. I promise. And I don't work for Michelin or anybody else in any auto related industry.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZII Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38

1993 Chevrolet Corvette
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Miles driven on tires: 250
Location: Shelocta, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 250 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2013

I just got back today from using these for auto-x on my 93 Corvette with Z07 suspension and aggressive alignment. These tires just plain work, even on a heavy car in cold/wet/dry conditions. It was actually snowing and later got up around 45 or a little less. I kept pace (within a couple tenths or so) with near FTD C5Z06 (Hoosiers, not good at all in those conditions). I was impressed, dry grip is excellent. Breaks away predictably and smoothly. Tires do perform in cold/wet/dry conditions, with due caution exercised.

Quick warm up on tires, only 3 runs and they were warm. Grip got better as I went.

Excellent tire and works well on my Corvette.


A 2012 Street Tire Auto-X Favorite: Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Although the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec's name is a bit taxing, its popularity and test results have been quite clear. As one of the top Extreme Performance Summer tires, the Z1 Star Spec has been a hit among drivers looking to be competitive in street tire racing classes which demand a treadwear of 140 or higher.

It seems that the creation of a new class, dubbed Street Mod Street or SMS for short in SCCA's SOLO II category, has added to the Dunlop's popularity. This class allows drivers of highly modified vehicles to use the Star Spec as a more cost-effective alternative to R-compound tires. Where as before in Street Modified, the only way to be truly competitive was to run a low tread depth tire (2-4/32") and extremely soft compound (Hoosier A6). Now drivers can enjoy tires that can be driven to the event, wear much longer and are easier on the budget -- all while staying class competitive.

Recently, I went to a SCCA event in Fort Wayne, Indiana and counted approximately 15 cars using this tire. The types of cars varied greatly and included the SMS class winner in a well-prepared Acura Integra, as well as two newer body style Mustang GTs, an E46 BMW M3 and a handful of Miatas. Given the large amount of available sizes ranging from 14-18", the tire's low price point and phenomenal track times, I can't say that I was surprised at what I saw.

If you're looking to outfit your sports car, sports sedan or grassroots racer with a competitive street tire, then watch "Testing the New Extremes of Extreme Performance Summer Tires" and see how this tire can help you enjoy driving more.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Friday, May 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 5 Door
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
May 14, 2012

I've been completely blown away by this tire and I rant and rave to friends about it. I'm using the largest size you can buy @ 275/35/18 and the traction.. oh lord the traction. I'm sure it's partly due to my car as well but compared to my stock tires these things are unbelievable. On an auto-x course you can really push the limits and I felt the tires in this scenario were right up there with the levels of R-comps as others have stated. On the road I've scared many a friend taking turns much faster than they expected possible and there is no squirm. You feel when the tires start to break traction and can easily predict your level of grip in long 3rd or 4th gear sweepers.

It's going to be very hard to pick another tire when the time comes. I put these tires on @ around 20k miles on my car. At this point my stock Dunlop SP Sport 600's were fairly worn. I still have a good 35-40% tread and I'm at 45k miles now on my car. I really don't know how this is possible--I drive my car hard everywhere and yet I've still got plenty of tread to last this year.

These tires do run wider than most so be aware of that when ordering. I fit mine on a 9.5" wide wheel and they definitely run a bit over the lip. 10.5" would probably be best for the 275/35. Anyway, yes, I'll be buying thme again I friggin love em.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Monday, January 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2005 BMW Z4 2.5I
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Miles driven on tires: 12000
Location: Ft Worth, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2012

Having put about 12,000 miles of commuting on this set of StarSpecs, they are a vast improvement over the Bridgestone runflats that were on my Z4 roadster. Cornering is excellent in the dry. I usually slow down in the rain but no issues when it has rained. Noise is not a concern as I ride with the top down over 90% of the time. Very stable when I hit 100-110mph on the open road. There is still tread left but I expect to take care of any remaining tread during the next few auto-x sessions.

215/45-17 Tires for Your Toyobaru

Thursday, December 8, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
After what seems like decades on the concept car show circuit, Toyota and Subaru are beginning to release production versions of the Toyobaru. The Subaru BRZ and Toyota FT-86 (Scion FR-S in North America) are premiering at the Tokyo Auto Show. On paper, the Toyobaru checks all the right boxes with rear-wheel drive for proper handling, proper engine placement for balance and low weight for overall performance. 

Along with showing the car at the Tokyo Auto Show, the Toyobaru partnership lent out a few test cars. The consensus is that Toyota and Subaru have really hit one out of the park, way out of the park, like beyond Waveland Avenue. 

Right now, hundreds of driving enthusiasts are dreaming of the Toyobaru that'll soon be parked in their garage. If they're truly hardcore, then they are already dreaming about the vehicle's tires, too. We know the Toyobaru will run 215/45-17, but it isn't clear what Original Equipment tire will be picked.

What if the 215/45-17 O.E. tire chosen for the Toyobaru isn't what I'm looking for, what should I purchase as a replacement? Subaru plans to sell the BRZ at a higher price point relative to the FR-S. Hopefully, this will allow Subaru to equip the vehicle with a set of the Dunlop SP Sport 600 on the production BRZ. These Dunlop performance tires are the Original Equipment on the 2011-2012 Subaru Impreza STI and their reputation was honed as the O.E. on the 2008 Nissan GT-R, and Nissan used the SP Sport 600 on their record-breaking Nurburgring runs.

The Scion FR-S will be priced more aggressively so Toyota may try keep the car in budget by using the 215/45-17 Grand Touring All-Season Michelin Primacy MXM4, O.E. on the Lexus CT 200h. Fortunately, there are several 215/45-17 tires suitable for the Scion FR-S. If I'm going to spend money on a new car, I'd want to great tires at a good price.

215/45-17 Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec
215/45-17 Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec
215/45-17 Hankook RS-3
215/45-17 Hankook
215/45-17 Kumho Ecsta XS
215/45-17 Kumho
Ecsta XS

The Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec ($143*), Hankook R-S3 ($129*) and Kumho Ecsta XS ($129*) are all good choices but I'd select the Z1 Star Spec for it's versatility. It has great steering response, awesome dry grip and it performs decently in the wet. The Hankook RS-3 is slightly quicker in dry conditions, but gives up a lot when it comes to wet grip. The Kumho has great dry grip but has a numb steering response relative to the RS-3 and the Z1 Star Spec. They also suffer from average wet grip. 

Thank you Toyobaru for taking the road less traveled and letting us take our roads a little bit faster.

*Prices subject to change

It's Not Too Late for the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 by Doc Horvath
Project STRWith summer over and most of the U.S. feeling their first cool temperatures of fall, many are mourning the loss of another autocross season. For a lucky few however, ambient temperatures will stay warm enough to allow for "spirited driving" for some time to come.

Based on our testing and customer feedback, the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec continues to be one of the leading Extreme Performance Summer tires for dry and wet handling for the enthusiast driver. In fact, sets of these Dunlop tires were used by our Project STR team for wet traction competition at the 2011 SCCA Solo Nationals in Lincoln, Nebraska!

This particular Dunlop auto tire was developed for serious sports car, sports coupe and performance sedan enthusiasts looking for race tire-like traction on the street or for autocross and track events. The Z1 Star Spec is also designed for the drivers of lighter weight vehicles who are often confronted with working tire temperatures up to the point of generating peak grip.

If you are one of the lucky ones who doesn't have to deal with Old Man Winter's cold temperatures, take a look at what customers have said about their experience with the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec:

"I am on my second set of these tires and all I can say is, they are phenomenal! They are very good when used at the track." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2002 Volkswagen GTI VR6

"These tires can grip! I have been taking corners a little faster than normal and have not had any loss in grip when cornering. These are great tires and road noise is at a minimum." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Honda Civic Coupe

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Autocrossing with Bridgestone, Dunlop and Hoosier!

Saturday, May 14, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
Here in the Midwest, the temps are rising, the sun is out and drivers are bringing out the toys. Lets go racing! Tires are what makes it all happen. All the power and suspension in the world is for naught if the tires don't deliver the goods. Tire Rack has test results and reviews on Extreme Performance and R-compound tires.

Bridgestone RE-11
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec
Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec
Hoosier R6
Hoosier R6

Extreme Performance tires deliver the most dry traction you can obtain without going to an all out dedicated track set up. These are completely useable in street applications while providing ample grip for weekend track events and serious auto crossing. While encompassing both street and track use, our latest test results favored the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 as the best all-around tire. It was the easiest tire to drive at the limit while also providing the most comfortable ride on the street. Read the full test report.

When you are ready to take the next step, you will want to look at Track aka R-compound options. Even though the tires are street legal, they are not recommended for street use. This is due to soft compounds and other track specialty features that make them less than ideal for daily driving.

Take a look at what consumers had to say about their experience with each tire:

"[The Bridgestone Potenza RE-11] is a perfect street tire for occasional track use." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 BMW M3 Coupe 

"[The Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec] is an amazing tire, overall grip is very close to an R-compound tire." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Porsche Boxster S

"...Hoosier track tires are my favorite. I can depend on them for maximum grip."
- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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Choose Dunlop Radials for "Roving" Around

Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Dunlop All-Terrain and Off-Road Maximum Traction truck tires available at Tire Rack offer a good value alternative to some of the higher priced brands. 

Dunlop Rover M/T Maxx Traction (Off-Road Maximum Traction)
  • Developed to combine heavy-duty load capacities, on-road competence and off-road capabilities, with an aggressive asymmetric tread design, tuned to deliver traction on-road in dirt, wet and wintry conditions, as well as off-road terrain in dirt, sand and mud
  • Branded with the Mountain/Snowflake symbol
  • 17 sizes available from 16"-22"
Dunlop Radial Rover RVXT (On-/Off-Road All-Terrain) 
  • 20 sizes available from 15"-17"
  • Developed to combine on-road comfort and traction with off-road capabilities, designed to combine sporty white-letter styling and long highway treadwear with traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions as well as on gravel roads and off-road trails
  • Branded with the Mountain/Snowflake symbol
Dunlop Radial Mud Rover (Off-Road Maximum Traction)
  • 5 sizes available in 15"
  • Developed for serious off-roaders, aggressive tread pattern and open shoulder design delivers Dunlop's maximum off-road traction and self-cleaning ability in mud, ruts and rocks
Shop by vehicle or tire size to see if these Dunlop Auto Tires will fit your vehicle, then review individual tires to view tire pictures, tire test results and survey results.

AutoCross! Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec VS Bridgestone RE-11

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 by Mac McNabb
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star SpecIs your car forum buzzing with comments about this tire or that tire but you just don't know which one wold be best for you? We have tested these and have some good information to help you decide!

The Dunlop Direzza Z1 has recorded some of the fastest times on our test track.  This is a tire that has a very fast lap speed for the price for sure. But buyer beware: This tire has a very narrow sweet spot that can frustrate beginners as much as it rewards experienced drivers. The Bridgestone RE-11 however, is the most predictable and progressive handling Extreme Performance Summer tire in the catalog. The Bridgestone RE-11 actually posted the lowest average time for our test drivers even though it is not the fastest running tire. That basically says to you that a fairly large range of skill find this tire easier to reach the limit than any other in the category.

Give them a try and let us know which you find better, too!

Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec; Stars of the Extreme Performance Summer Tires!

Thursday, February 11, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Dunlop TiresOne day was really not long enough to drive at the BMW Performance Center in Greer, SC. I am definitely wanting more time on the Dunlop performance tires. We were able to drive on the Dunlop Sport Z1 Star Spec Extreme Performance Summer tires on the BMW 1 series and 3 series sedans. Going into the event I knew the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec was a very good tire from previous Dunlop tire testing the Tire Rack conducted back in Indiana. 

Check out a few comments from the instructors throughout the day about the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec summer performance tires. Believe me these instructors are the real deal...I can vouch for their abilities after the hot lap in the M3!!!
  • "It's like our cars were in fast forward"
    • Talking about the wet skid padDunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec
  • "You can drive them into the corner a lot deeper than I first thought"
    • Talking about a 90 degree corner exercise we did
  •  "Wow! How about the grip on these tires"
    • While I was on track with the instructor
It was not that we are that good as drivers but that the tires performed so well.

It's easy to see how the Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec performed so well as, it was designed with the track and auto cross conditions in mind. The Direzza Sport Z1 can be used for autocross, drifting and track events. The Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec is designed to warm up quickly to the point of peak grip -- especially for lighter weight vehicles. The Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec is the star within the Extreme Performance Summer tire category. Check out some of the Dunlop Sport Tires survey results and Dunlop tire test results for the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec.