I recently had a friend call in for advice on purchasing tires for his 2007 BMW Z4M Coupe. He's an aggressive street driver who also wanted a tire that was for non-competitive, occasional track use. For this type of use, tires in our Extreme Performance Summer category would be very appropriate.
What benefits can you expect from tires that fall into this performance category?
- Very fast steering response
- Ample steering wheel feedback
- Unequaled dry grip
- Superior cornering traction
With all these good features, there comes some compromises compared to a Max Performance Summer tire:
- Relatively stiff ride
- Shorter treadwear
- Increase in tread noise
Of the tires available in the Extreme Performance Summer category, we selected the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec for its combination of fantastic grip and good price point relative to other options. The Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec is currently ranked number two in its performance category with almost four million miles reported. Check out "Testing the New Extremes of Extreme Performance Summer Tires" to see how this option from Dunlop fared in our testing.