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

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Vehicle: 2002 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Base Model
4.5
Miles Driven on Tires: 12,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec
Initial Review: 12,000 miles on tires
June 09, 2012

I won't lie - I love these tires.
I've comfortably driven between Los Angeles and Chicago twice on this set of tires, and have driven them extensively on both city streets and highways. They're reasonably quiet and composed for day to day driving, but when you want to have a bit of fun and throw your car around, they're grippy enough to handle whatever you throw at them. It takes quite a bit of effort for me to break traction on them (granted, this is on an AWD vehicle). They're comfortable on the highway for long trips (I wouldn't hesitate to drive across the country with them again), and more than capable of handling the rain.
In terms of road noise, I find them to be much better than any other summer tires I've used, although my experience is limited.

This will be obvious to most, but in case anyone is thinking of chancing it, these tires absolutely can not handle slick snowy/icy conditions. I swapped my winter tires for these a bit early last year, and had a -------- of a time as it began to snow while I was driving through rural Wisconsin. Oops.

Again, phenomenal tires. These really gave my car a new edge, and made it a ton more enjoyable to drive. After 12,000 miles, my tread is decent at around 4-5mm, so I'm happy.

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