Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII
Monday, February 25, 2013 by
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Vehicle: 2006 Mazda MAZDA3 i 4-Door
Miles Driven on Tires: 125
Location: Pineville, NC
Driving Condition: Track/Autocross
Driving Style: Spirited
Dunlop Direzza ZII
Follow-Up Review: 225 miles on tires
My first review had been after some around town driving for a couple of days to wear of the sealant on the tires for first autocross of the season which turned out to be the previously mentioned snow/ice/hail/sleet/puddle fest. Having been able to attend an event in the dry I can comment on the dry grip and traction of the tires now. And they are an improvement by far over the Z1. The grip is by far better. Better cornering and stability as well. The responsiveness is very good as well. The dry course was a short tight course that required frequent inputs in because of constant sudden direction change and the ZII held up and performed exceedingly well. Helped me into 2nd place in a PAX class of 24 drivers. Second only to a Lotus Elise on R-Comps by .2 seconds PAX. Highly recommend. I've not driven the tires from other brands that are on the same level as these, so I can't compare, but from people I've talk to that have they still feel the Dunlop is the overall better choice.
Initial Review: 125 miles on tires
Ran last autocross season on the Z1 Star Specs and loved them. They were the Street Touring tire of choice and for good reason. They were done after one season and so it was time for a new tire. The ZII had a huge reputation to live up to because of the great success of the Z1. Just recently ran first autocross of the season this past Saturday in rain/snow/sleet/hail/puddle weather condition on asphalt that is slick with sealant even on a dry hot day. So you can imagine the slippery-ness of the surface. And the ZII held great stability and grip. I'm placing a big part of my class victory that day on their amazing wet grip and handling even in extended sub-freezing temperatures.
As for the 'Comfort' ratings I find them to be Not Applicable. These tires are a purpose built tire for autocross/and light-moderate track day use that you can also drive home on. There is road noise and the tread will wear faster than most other tires. This is to be expected and the people who buy this tire more than likely mount them up only for events. I do. However, for the Z1's I had the tread held up very well considering they had 100+ autocross runs, 6 run's on the Tail of the Dragon and driving to/from events on them. The comfort is ok as well. But again you don't buy a tire like this for the comfort of the ride. You buy it to drive. If you wan't a comfortable kush ride then look elsewhere. If you want the most out of your car short of R-Comps or Hoosiers then this is the tire to buy.