Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.67
 
 

2010 Porsche Boxster
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
December 18, 2013

Same thoughts so far. Not as good as I had hoped. Very soft sidewall/tread. Feels like the rear reacts much later than the front. In defense of the Bridgestone tires (different model) on my other cars (Mercs & BMWs), once they were half way thru their treadlife, they performed well. May do the RE 11 on the front due to other owners posts but getting burned on Bridgestone.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2004 Porsche Cayenne S
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Sisters, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2014

THIS IS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE BEST TIRE THAT I HAVE EVER OWNED. THEY ARE QUIET, SMOOTH, AND COMFORTABLE. BUT, BEST OF ALL THEY GIVE ME A FEELING OF COMPLETE ASSURANCE IN MOST EVERY CONDITION. I DO USE A STUDLESS SNOW TIRE IN THE WINTER FOR THE SNOW AND ICE WE HAVE HERE IN CENTRAL OREGON. BUT FOR DRIVING THE I-5 CORRIDOR IN DRY AND RAIN AND DRIVING OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES WHERE WE ENCOUNTER RAIN, SLUSH AND LIGHT SNOW, THESE TIRES ARE PERFECT. I RECOMMEND THEM TO ANYONE, IN ANY TYPE OF VEHICLE - PASSENGER CARS AND SUV'S. IF THERE IS A BETTER TIRE OUT THERE, I HAVEN'T FOUND IT. AND THE WEAR INDICATORS THAT TELL YOU WHEN THEY ARE NO LONGER GOOD FOR LIGHT SNOW AND ONLY WET AND DRY, AND THEN ONLY DRY ARE INNOVATIVE AND WELCOME! IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE BEST, THIS IS IT.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2006 Porsche Cayman S With Standard Brakes
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Geneva, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2014

Best possible street tire for the Cayman S. Quiet, comfy, sticks like glue, great in the rain. I did a couple of brisk "instructor" sessions at Road America in the Fall on this set and they didn't even show wear. They were as fun as the track only tires I usually use. No loss of fun at all with this "street tire". When you total up the coupons, they're as cheap as bargain brands. I may very well buy a second set for track-only.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2003 Porsche Boxster S
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Danville, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
May 21, 2014

Well, I read a lot of reviews and finally settled on this Bridgestone Pole position SO-4 for my 2003 Boxster S - Before these I had some real cheapo tires that came on the car - i did not trust them but as it turns out they actually were better than these new SO-4's

My main complaint with the SO-4's is that at times they feel a bit loose or it seems like they wiggle around a bit as if the sidewall is soft. They just do not handle that well... i should not have saved the buck i did and should have went for the Michelins... oh well - i guess I have to live with these now... I am disappointed. I should have know to go with the best on a porsche...
 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.89
 
 

2001 Lexus IS300
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Pittsboro, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
May 17, 2014

I run a dedicated winter tire on this car, so deep snow rating is not applicable. These tires replaced a set of Bridgestone Potenzas, And I was impressed enough with the performance to install a set on my 1985 Porsche 944. They will also be the next set of tires on my 2009 Lexus RX350. Tread wear has been FANTASTIC. After 15,000 miles D W ans S wear indicators are all still clearly visible. I highly recommend these tires!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Chambersburg, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
May 12, 2014

A quantum leap in tires. Nothing short of phenomenal and reasonably priced.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

1989 Ford Taurus SHO
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Ooltewah, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

I purchased this tire based upon test results. Tire Rack has always provided great tests, no other tire store that I know of provides this service. They really liked this tire because it gripped like a Summer tire, but was an all-season tire.
Well, the grip is really good. But the tire has two big faults.
1. Tire squeal! This tire squeals loudly way before it starts to lose traction. I can be well under control and people around will look to see who is about to have an accident. The tire grips very well, but complains loudly while doing it. I cannot get anywhere near the limit of this tire without drawing huge amounts of attention to myself.
2. This tire is one of the worst tires I have had with regards to steering responsiveness. This tire is so slow to respond that the car feels like I'm driving a boat. I will admit that I have just come off some of the best tires I have ever had (Bridgestone RE01, this tire was the most responsive tire I have ever had on my SHO. The Bridgestone made my car handle like a Porsche). These Kumos have such a soft sidewall. The response from the sidewall is almost 1/2 second late. Breaking is fantastic, and the tire is hard to spin on takeoff, but turn in is slower than my grandmother! I am having to buy a new tire because I miss judged the response time of this tire and hit a curb and cut a gash into the sidewall. I have been traveling this road for 12 years and this is the first time I have ever hit that curb! Not a happy camper!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z III

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR Z III Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2000 BMW M5
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Fairfax, VA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 20, 2012

I purchased these tires for a road trip, 500 miles one way, and I'm very pleased with them so far. I haven't had a chance to drive in the rain yet but, the dry traction and level of road noise is very good. I've gone thru 3 sets of PS2 and 2 sets of Michelin AS. I don't drive it like I'm on the track but I do have fun on the occasional off ramp. These tires are comprable to the PS2, PS2 has better steering feel. The Sumitomo's are quiter and for the cost, it can't be beat. I will update my review after putting some more miles on them. Thanks to others who have reviewed them, I'm not dissapointed. When it comes time to change out the tires on the porsche, these will be going on them. I think these tires are an excellent street tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.38
 
 

2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Swedesboro, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2014

On tread design alone, I'd not try these in the snow, as my experience with uni-directional tires is that they don't perform in snow. To me, the M+S designation means the rubber compound stays pliable and resistant to cracking in cold temps (whereas summer tires don't do well below 40 deg. Farenheit) and would stay pliable and soft enough to deal with cold, rainy weather (the worst kind of rain is cold rain, as the tire hardens). These tires are razor sharp when it comes to handling, and given the good tread wear, it's about as good as it gets for a balance of very high performance and tread life, which still be usable in cold weather (not snow).

For aggressive drivers, or ones that hit tracks now and then and can dance a car on the limit, these will suffice, but in NO WAY are they the kind of summer tire you would really want if you wanted a sole-purpose tire designed to be glued to the road and be completely surprise free at cornering limits. But then again, this tire will last, and be usable in the cold weather.
 

O.Z. Racing Tuner System Wheels

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

Spring is here and what better time than now to outfit your vehicle with a set of O.Z. Racing Tuner System wheels. In 2006, Tire Rack became the North American distributor for O.Z. Racing wheels. This partnership includes O.Z. Racing's prestigious, custom 3-piece wheel program -- O.Z. Racing Tuner System. This program helps expand fitment limitations normally found with one-piece wheels. Additional brake clearance and maximum outer lip depth are just some of the benefits this system provides. Applications are available for many of the world's most exotic cars including Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, as well as a wide variety of luxury and performance cars.

How does the process work? O.Z. Racing Tuner System's 3-piece wheel components -- wheel center, inner rim section and outer rim section -- are produced in the same facility, with the same machinery and using the same technology as F1 race wheels. Rim diameters are available in 18", 19", 20" and 22" with inner rim widths of 5.5" to 9.5" and outer rim widths of 1" to 4" possible. Tire Rack's complete, in-house inventory of all 3-piece wheel components means quick turn-around with assembled wheels shipping within 1-2 days of order receipt.

Precise wheel assembly is performed at Tire Rack using an exacting process that maintains and enhances the structural integrity originally built into each individual wheel component. O.Z. Racing Tuner System supplies a proprietary fastener specific to its 3-piece wheels to ensure the highest level of structural integrity. These fasteners alone do not guarantee a properly assembled wheel and tightening. Thus, Tire Rack uses a factory-certified Ingersoll Rand DC Electric Fastening System to tighten O.Z. Racing Tuner System's proprietary fasteners.

The assembly torque of these critical fasteners is controlled and repeatable to less than 1/2%. Tire Rack's fastening system produces traceable measurements of torque to spec every time. In fact, wheels custom-assembled at Tire Rack are shipped with a computerized print out that shows in detail the settings used to assemble each wheel. Proper torque (fasteners tightened to spec so they won't break or loosen) and run-out (radial and lateral roundness for vibration-free rides) are recorded.

Once assembled, each O.Z. Racing Tuner System 3-piece wheel gets a unique serial number noted on a sticker placed on the inside of the wheel near the valve stem.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2009 Porsche Cayman S
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Pottstown, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
April 03, 2014

I use these primarily on the track for DE and also driving too the track. On the road in the dry, they perform to a high level in all situations. In the wet, as in heavy rain, they are stabil and predictable, but obviously have less traction than in the dry. I have driven home in two very heavy down pours and at hiway speeds I felt comfortable on them, which was a surprise for so an aggressive/track oriented tread pattern.

On the track, they are totally predictable in the corners. When you begin to drift a bit, they throttle stear precisely as directed. You can break them loose in the corners with over aggressive/incorrect throttle, but they grip as soon as you do your part. They are not Race Compound tires, but I am able to hang with many drivers who have R Comps! That says a lot as a am a thinking, but aggressive driver on the track. They have worn well so far considering the abuse I have dished out. I have approximately 20 track days on them and have tons of tread left. They do require proper pressures on the track to obtain the best cornering grip, but that is the same for any tire, race compound or extreme summer.

All in all, I love this tire and will buy them again. They outlast race rubber by far so cost wise, its a no brainer for DE. You do give up a little cornering grip versus full on race tires, but for DE, these outlast two sets of race tires and then some.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Herndon, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2014

Great tires. The replaced a set of Michelins I had, and these RE760's were maybe even a little better in overall performance. Particularly good is the wet traction. I took a trip to Pennsylvania and got caught in one of the most torrential rainstorms I have ever driven through. Cars were pulling off the highway to wait it out, but I just kept going, maintaining 5-60mph in INSANE rain. When I got home, I checked the tires and they were on the wear bars! I probably only had 2/32nds of tread depth left and they were still astonishingly good in the rain.

I'm a fan. They aren't the maximum performance tire from Bridgestone, but for mortals who care as much about all around performance and treadwear as they do about the last tenth of a G of skidpad grip, the RE760 is a fantastic choice.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.62
 
 

2004 Porsche 911 GT3
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 18, 2014

This is a barely street legal track tire. This is why I buy them. I drive to and from the track, some around town, and use them exclusively on the track. I have even purchased a top carrier to store the second set. You can switch them side to side and they communicate what is happening on the road very well. I have had 15 or 16 sets of Michelin Pilot Sport Cups and they have always performed exceptionally. I do not buy Toyos or Nittos for my car. I drive the Michelin Pilot Sport Cups to the cords, put a new set on and am on my way. If you are buying these tires for local roads and local spirited driving, these have much more capability when they are hot, than what most drivers will ever need.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2006 Porsche Cayman S With Standard Brakes
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Hingham, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2014

Drove these tires from Spring thru Fall last year including 1 autocross and 6 track days. Performed and wore much better than the Michelin PS2's they replaced. Stiff sidewalls were a big plus at the track, but the ride quality and noise were still acceptable on the street. Very predictable cornering at the track and easy to modulate at the limit although you need to watch tire pressures which rise quickly at the start of each day.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5

2007 Porsche Cayman S
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: West Chester, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
October 20, 2012

I use these tires to drive to/from the track and on the track while I am there. I had been very pleased with the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11's that I previously had, and had heard that the Pilot Super Sports (PSS) were supposed to be even better, so I purchased a set when my RE-11's wore out. While the PSS's are a decent track tire, they do not have near the hold and stickiness that the RE-11's have. I was not able to hold the same line in the corners with the PSS's and the stopping distance in the back straight at Mid-Ohio was an extra 100-150 feet using the same brake pads (Pagid Yellows on front and Orange on rear). Overall, I was disappointed with the tires for track use. For street use, they are a very good, reasonably priced choice. If I am only looking for a street tire, I would strongly consider purchasing these again. For track use, I would definitely not.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2007 Porsche 911 Carrera
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Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location: South Ogden, UT
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 22,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2014

Simply the best performance tires I have ever owned. I have already bought a second set of rear tires as they wear out quicker when driving at Miller Motorsports RaceTrack. These tires have held traction when I have overextended myself entering a corner. Highly recommended summer tire. I have also taken the car on a rode trip to Telluride Mountain Resort in Colorado. I cannot explain the joy in driving with these tires thru mountain passes....just point the car and enjoy. These tires are not meant for cold weather (I garage the car during the winter). These tires are getting much better wear than the Proxes I had before.. Enjoy

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.5
 
 

2011 Porsche Cayenne
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Sterling, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2014

This is definitely not a tire for winter driving conditions. The Cayenne handled very well in the snow with the OEM Goodyears. As soon as there is a little slush on the road the Continentals get squirrely. In snowy conditions it's difficult to keep the car on the road without going slower than all of the other traffic. Would definitely not recommend for regions that experience much / any snow.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2002 BMW 525i Sport Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: La Crescent, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2014

Like how PA4 communicates to driver in ice or snow conditions. First winter on the PA4 but has proved grippy and secure. Can tell when tire will break away on fresh or packed snow and what it takes to bring it back. More sophisticated than an average snow tire. In times past used Nokian, Blizzack, Dunlop, and many standard or high performance snow tires on various vehicles. Thus high expectations, even though there are few reviews of PA4. Interesting that Porsche had been involved with development too. We usually have traction control devices engaged in cars --on mode– when entering harsh weather. Recently, however, have been turning off DSC in Bimmer sport-wagon, as control and performance of vehicle seems even better with PA4's. Car handled better without using DSC. Added control with such throttle response has been fun and added new dynamic. Generally enhanced winter driving experience in the 5 Series wagon with sports suspension. Rear wheel drive BMW has been easier to drive fast in snow and ice latley, yet with more control. Car more predicable now. Cornering to date has been superb in dry/wet conditions and the sidewall feels firm while offering quiet, comfortable ride. Have not pushed tires too hard yet, as want to give belts and rubber break in period. Yet already feels like an Ultra High Performance tire with intriguing winter capability. Have not yet finished testing and haven’t been in really deep, heavy snow, but if these are first indications of what to expect then we're excited. For higher performance, lower clearance vehicles this should be a serious candidate for winter consideration. Looking forward to also trying the Michelin Xi-3 on other cars, as we are also big fans of the Conti Extreme Winter Contact which was very impressive on a Saab we own. That and the PA4 seem like the real leaders currently. Shall report back as we find out more about PA4 on BMW. Thus far does seem like a game changer in winter segment. Thanks Tirerack.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Colleyville, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 11, 2014

Great all around performance tire. Does everything well. Best tires i have ever had on my Porsches.

 

Dunlop Direzza ZII Coming Into Stock for the 2014 Season

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

It seems hard to believe, but sooner or later the cold that has gripped most of the country this winter will soon lift and the snow will clear. When this occurs, competition events will be in full swing.

One of last year's hottest and best-selling performers, the Dunlop Direzza ZII, is filtering back into stock, and in many sizes is ready for shipment. This Extreme Performance Summer tire was one of our favorites in an internal test and has achieved much popularity within the ranks of our consumer surveys.

Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with the Dunlop Direzza ZII.

"The tires have well exceeded what I expected. I am more confident with these tires than I was with the Original Equipment. The wet traction is something Dunlop should be proud of. I will purchase them again!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door STI Limited

"I am a hardcore amateur racer and I've used the ZIIs on my Cayman and they are incredible. In my opinion, this is the best street tire there is." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Porsche Cayman

The Direzza ZII features a treadwear rating of 200, making it legal for most classes of SCCA and NASA competition. With 26 sizes offered, the ZII offers good market coverage of many popular sizes.