Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN S.4.

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN S.4. Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

1993 Lexus LS400
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Location: La Crosse, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 21,000 Miles on Tires
April 30, 2010

Ordered for Lexus several years ago and have been happily surprised with minimal wear. Tires still look new. Excellent grip and very comfortable. Gave us the best ride we ever had on our LS 400. Handles very well, good turn in and really responsive. Rotated and balanced normally. At higher speeds we were surprised the tire was silent. Really feels secure dry or wet. Lexus should have put S.4 on car from day one. We will buy tire again if needed, but am thrilled if we ever go to sell car the tires sure look in excellent shape and give a great ride. If you have a heavy luxury vehicle and want a superb tire this is it.

Max Performance Summer Tires for 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Here in South Bend, Indiana we are nearly thawed out from a brutal winter and it is time to start considering what tires to run this summer. For enthusiasts with cars that are driven on the street as opposed to the track, this usually means selecting a tire from our Max Performance Summer category. Max Performance Summer tires feature advanced ultra low profile, high speed options that combine computer developed designs and unique materials with precision manufacturing techniques to provide an unsurpassed blend of dry and wet traction and handling.

If you're shopping for a set of tires from this performance category, here are your top picks:

King of the Hill: Michelin Pilot Super Sport

The Pilot Super Sport does everything well: wet traction, dry traction, steering response, braking and even treadlife is better than average for the category. This tire is designed to allow sports cars, sporty coupes, performance sedans and supercars to achieve their full potential in dry and wet conditions. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires are competitively priced and usually cheaper than the previous generation Pilot Sport PS2.

Top Tier Value: Bridgestone S-04 Pole Position

The Bridgestone S-04 Pole Position is a leading member of the most recent generation of Max Performance Summer tires. While their raw grip is not quite equal to the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, they have excellent traction in wet and dry conditions, are extremely stable and provide confident handling. Bridgestone has been pricing them very aggressively, and in some sizes, you'd almost be crazy not to buy a tire this good at such a low price.

Lots of Grip, Not Yet Hyped: Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105

If you're the type of enthusiast who likes to do things a little differently from the rest, this may be the tire for you. The Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105 has not yet made a big splash in the marketplace, but it has exceptional grip. I'm also a fan of the responsive handling that its stiff sidewalls provide. To see how the tire performed during our in-house test, read "New Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105 Tested."

View all Max Performance Summer tires we offer and find the one that will make your summer driving a blast!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN A10F

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN A10F Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.62
 
 

2006 Chrysler 300 Touring Rear Wheel Drive
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Location: Pensacola, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2014

This tire has been a good, general purpose tire for use in the Deep South--no snow, but plenty of rain and fog. It has not been put to the high speed test because the car is not a high-speed car!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution RS
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Hamilton, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 22, 2013

This is the best street tire out there if your looking for the fastest lap times. Dry grip is amazing, steering feel is sharp and super fast, wet grip is even very good at 100+mph felt no loss of traction with wet track conditions and pouring rain, I was impressed. They never overheated on the road course with 30min sessions. Braking grip is very good too.
Very stiff sidewalls and these tires do run very wide. I've done 6 trackdays and the tires still look great! So treadwear is lasting longer than i expected. And I drive to and from the track.
Overall performed excellent in every way, except price...it is very expensive compared to other extreme performance tires but I think its still worth it.
Buy this tire you won't be disappointed! And now they have the updated AD08-R version?
So even better??

 

Testing Tires to Maximize Your Summer!

Friday, August 30, 2013 by Doc Horvath

While all-season capable tires can provide plenty of grip in nearly every situation, many enthusiasts prefer to have a dedicated set of summer tires to maximize handling during the warm weather months. To find the best of the best in our Max Performance Summer category, we tested two newcomers, the Dunlop Sport Maxx RT and Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105 against the best tires from previous tests, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position.

In order to evaluate each tires' high performance capability and every day manners, we subjected all four to both our Performance Test Track Drives and Real World Road Rides. On our 4.1-mile loop of expressways, state highways and county roads, we're able to get a sense for how each tire will perform in real world conditions, like those most of our customers experience on their daily commute. The variety of pavement types, conditions and legal speeds puts each tire through its paces and helps determine overall ride comfort, road noise and handling characteristics. While the Michelin Pilot Super Sport continued to impress our testers with its handling, Yokohama's ADVAN Sport V105 was right behind the Super Sport and showed all of our testers that it has a good steering response and feel. The Bridgestone and Dunlop options rounded out the group, providing excellent road feel and manners, but just not quite to the level of the Michelin and Yokohama.

On our 1/3-mile test track, we can replicate extreme maneuvers (in both wet and dry conditions) normally experienced during an abrupt emergency avoidance move. When driven to the limit of our test cars' capability (and our driver's ability) the Michelin continued to lead the field in dry conditions, with the Yokohama having the better grip in wet. Again, the Bridgestone and Dunlop (in that order) were just a touch behind the others, but still providing fantastic traction. 

In the end, the Michelin was able to retain its top position in the category with the Bridgestone and Yokohama models tied for second place. The tight scores reinforce the fact that all four tire manufactures have done their homework and know what the tires need to do to be in the Max Performance Summer category.

For a complete recap of our test, read "Testing New Max Performance Summer Tires: Can the Latest Keep Up With the Greatest?"

New Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105 Tested

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Ben Rooney

We recently completed our test of the Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105, which will replace the previous ADVAN Sport in most sizes. We pitted it and the new Dunlop Sport Maxx RT against the current Max Performance Summer leaders, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position.

The Yokohama ADVAN Sport has been a nice tire, but it lacked the razor-edge handling feel of its predecessor the AVS Sport. It was an impressive tire in wet conditions, but in the dry it was not quite as engaging as we would normally expect from a Yokohama flagship performer.

The V105 continues the trend of strong wet traction for Yokohama in this category, while bringing back a highly responsive steering feel. It sacrifices a little bit of ride comfort compared to the Michelin and Bridgestone, but rewards the driver with precision handling and direct, immediate response.

Some highlights from our test include:

  • Best overall track rating for wet track performance, including top marks in steering response, braking modulation and handling predictability.
  • Second place in overall dry track rating, behind only the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.
  • Best stopping distance in our wet braking test.

Our test conclusion was: A very sporty tire that can hang with the best. To view our full test report, read "Testing New Max Performance Summer Tires: Can the Latest Keep Up With the Greatest?"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
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Location: Hyde Park, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
April 15, 2013

These tires for a street car are pretty ---- impressive I have to say.

The amount of input you get from these tires really allows the driver to feel comfortable pushing the car to the limits, and not feel like your driving on a knife edge that can let go at any moment.

Even if your cornering hard and hit a bump in the road, these tires keep you firmly planted without any wobbles or hard slides.

I would absolutely recommend these tires to anyone who truly has a spirited style of driving and enjoys safely finding the limitations of their car.

Oh and they lasted considerably longer than I expected, I got over two full seasons out of them.

 

Are Yokohama Tires Good?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Colin .

Yokohama has been around for many years and makes very good options to fulfill your tire replacement needs.

In the Max Performance Summer category, they recently introduced the ADVAN Sport V105. It's developed for the drivers of high-powered sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans who want an increase in agile handling with a more comfortable ride. Based on technology fostered through participation in motorsports and development at the Nurburgring Circuit in Germany (one of the world's most grueling race/test tracks), the tire is designed to promote dry traction and handling.

If you're shopping for something a bit more extreme, then take a look at the ADVAN Neova AD08 R. It's Yokohama's latest Extreme Performance Summer offering and provides an even higher level of dry traction and handling, while giving up some treadlife and ride quality compared to the ADVAN Sport V105.  

If you are looking for an all-season option that offers sporty handling, the AVID ENVigor is available in H- or V- and W-speed ratings. While the tire doesn't offer the high traction and handling attributes of summer tires, it'll last longer and give you some winter traction versatility.

Another all-season option to consider is the AVID TOURING-S. This Standard Touring All-Season tire is developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans and minivans and is engineered to provide good traction, excellent ride qualities and long treadlife.  

For those of you who own a truck, crossover or sport utility vehicle, Yokohama offers the Parada Spec-X. Based on survey results, the tire is rated number one by consumers in the Street/Sport Truck All-Season category. Two additional light truck/SUV tires worth considering, include the Geolandar H/T-S G051 and Geolandar A/T-S

View all Yokohama tires and find the one that's right for how and where you drive.

Great Extreme Performance Summer Tires

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Ranking the top three quarterback in the NFL is tough. Is Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady the best? Answers may vary across the country, but even neutral observers will be hard pressed to say who's the best.

That's how I felt after finishing our widely anticipated Extreme Performance Summer test. They're all great across the board and it's pretty hard to declare a clear number one.

BF Goodrich g-Force Rival
BFGoodrich g-Force
Rival
Dunlop Direzza Z2
Dunlop Direzza
ZII
Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R
Yokohama ADVAN Neova
AD08 R


The BFGoodrich g-Force Rival, Dunlop Direzza ZII and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R were the top three tires and all provided crisp, immediate and linear steering response that really performed well through the five-cone slalom section of our test. Compared to these three, the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A's steering response wasn't quite as crisp. Our opinions varied, however I like the predictability of both the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R.

Our test writer had the difficult task of sorting through subjective assessments and data to anoint a winner. Our official results show the g-Force Rival taking first, the Dunlop Direzza ZII in second and Yokohama's AD08 R finishing third. Amongst those three, it's a photo finish when it comes to overall dry lap times as .22 seconds separated them.

If the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival isn't made in your vehicle's size, the Dunlop Direzza ZII and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R are both more than capable. The RE-11A is a worthy competitor that could use a little more dry traction, but overall it's a great Extreme Performance Sumer tire.

For complete test results, read "Testing Extreme Performance Summer Tires: The Boys of Summer Are Here."

Which Yokohama Family Suits You Best?

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Yokohama tires were introduced to the United States in 1969, but have been produced since 1917. Personally, I've been using their products since 1998. There are three basic families of Yokohama tires: ADVAN, AVID and Geolanders.

ADVAN

The ADVAN line was introduced to the U.S. market in 2005 and has been widely popular and successful in the performance world. Their newest member is the ADVAN Neova AD08 R which resides in the Extreme Performance Summer class. The AD08 R combines excellent dry traction with impressive wet traction for that warm weather driver who demands fast and fun driving.

AVID

AVID tires stand tall with the AVID ENVigor and AVID Ascend. The AVID ENVigor combines the feel and handling of a sport tire with a touch of all-season capability. It works very well for performance based drivers who require four season traction. A new tire to the AVID family, the Ascend, combines long treadwear, low rolling resistance and all-season traction for those who place more emphasis on ride comfort and treadwear.

Geolandar

Finally, Geolandar tires fulfill the needs of light truck and SUV owners. The Geolandar H/T-S G051 has been widely popular and affordable since its debut in 2002. It appeals to the light duty pick-up truck and SUV owner looking for a more comfortable ride, handling and year-round traction.


Yokohama ADVAN Neova
AD08 R

Yokohama AVID
ENVigor

Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S
G051


Navigate our Tire Decision Guide to see which family suits your needs best.

Test Results: Which New Extreme Performance Summer Tire is the Best?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Ben Rooney

This year, enthusiasts are treated to an impressive new crop of Extreme Performance Summer tires. One of the most publicized new releases has been the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival. The Dunlop Direzza ZII, replacing the well-liked Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec, is another hot new entry into the category.

Slightly less publicized, but no less worthy of attention are the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R. Yokohama and Bridgestone have been two of the class leaders and are answering the new challengers with upgraded models for this summer.

All of us here were eager to take these new tires out for a comparison. Driving them on the street was a useful test of what it would be like to use them on an everyday car. Taking them on and off the entry and exit ramps gave us a chance to get a hint of what their performance capabilities would be. All four tires gave excellent steering response and handling on the road, though each exhibited its own personality.

On the track, we had the chance to push these tires to their limits in both wet and dry conditions. Each one found slightly different areas to shine, whether it be wet or dry traction, ultimate lateral grip, responsive steering or confidence-inspiring stability.

Each tire could find a niche depending on the type of performance that's desired. To see a detailed report of how these tires stacked up, read "Testing Extreme Performance Summer Tires: The Boys of Summer Are Here" and watch the test video below.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8
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Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
March 16, 2013

Have used this tire on my Genesis 3.8 GT for tracking. They have at least 20 track sessions of 25 minutes . Very responsive and pleasant to drive. Best tires for this car without R compounds. When threads are used this is not a tire for tracking in the rain. Otherwise I will get the same tires for this car for sure. The tires have a nice thread pattern. Look nice and racy.

 

The Return of the King? Introducing the Extreme Performance Summer BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Recently, we received our first batch of Extreme Performance Summer BFGoodrich g-Force Rival tires. The first shipment from BFGoodrich's Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant consisted of the 225/45R17 and 245/40R18 sizes, with 13 additional sizes to come. Unfortunately, it's too cold here at our Indiana headquarters to test the tire, however based on current data, it looks like this BFGoodrich tire will rise to the top.

BFGoodrich's internal testing and their launch comparison indicate mission accomplished. The g-Force Rival excels when driven side-by-side with traditional Extreme Performance Summer leaders.

Our test drivers were particularly impressed with the g-Force Rival's combination of consistent, extreme grip with a high degree of predictability. Instead of "peaky" grip levels which leave the driver wondering what their tire and car are doing, BFGoodrich has endowed the Rival with more progressive grip levels. This allows for better control because the driver has no doubt what's happening with his/her car and tires.

The NOLA Motorsports Park launch test featured some good competitors, but how will the g-Force Rival do against the newest rivals in its class? Dunlop has launched the new Direzza ZII. Bridgestone's rolling out the new Potenza RE-11A. Yokohama has the ADVAN Neova AD08. Who's the king of that group? With all due apologies to Dennis Green, we won't crown it now. We'll crown the champ in early June after completing our comprehensive in-house test.

Hankook's Ventus R-S3 Brings Competition Tire Grip to the Street

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Hankook's Ventus R-S3 provides an affordable street tire that best mimics the grip of a racing slick intended for the track. The R-S3 entered a very competitive group of Extreme Performance Summer tires dominated by the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 and the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec, both of which are considered excellent dual purpose tires for performance street and occasional track / autocross use. We had the opportunity to compare the Hankook against both these tires, as well as the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 and Kumho Ecsta XS on our test track. Results were published in the August 2011 issue of Grassroots Motorsports Magazine. During this test, the R-S3 shaved nearly a full second off the Dunlop's lap time and came in quicker than the Bridgestone, too! Our tester remarked: "The tire inspires confidence from the first turn of the steering wheel, making it easy to attack the course's elements."

Our extensive Tire Survey Results put the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 just slightly ahead of the Hankook in cornering stability and hydroplaning resistance. With that said, customers really like this tire and have spoken with high praise for this Hankook and say they would buy this tire again!

"I love this tire. I bought it mostly for autocross use. However, I have driven quite a few highway miles now and have had no problems. I'd say this is one of the best performance tires you can buy, especially for the price. Needless to say, I'll be buying another set when the time comes." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2002 Honda S2000

"I purchased this tire for mainly track use and it did not disappoint. The traction was great when accelerating, cornering and braking. I have just purchased another set for my TT. Excellent value!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 BMW Z4 M Coupe

Do you want to see if the Hankook Ventus RS-3 is available for sports car, sports coupe or performance sedan? Then shop by vehicle!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN Sport

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 4

2010 Nissan 370Z Coupe Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Piedmont, SC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
January 11, 2013

These were the stock tires on my vehicle and drove extremely well when new. While I had no problem whatsoever breaking the rear loose in a straight line or in turning situations (even at speed!), skid entrance was predicatable and controlable. The vehicle turned in very good lateral accerleration numbers (measured). Beginning at 50% treadwear, performance began to drop off dramatically, until even on dry pavement it feels as if I am driving on marbles. If not for the electronic traction control (I originally NEVER used this "feature") I would be afraid to drive the car with these tires installed. With 1/8" tread remaining before the wear bars were exposed I was driving a Jet-Ski when it rained! I will NEVER purchase a set of these tires, opting instead for RE-11's, Continental DWS's, or Michelin Pilot SS's (which I'm buying now). I have driven vehicles with these tires installed so I do have a baseline to form an opinion from.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08

Monday, December 10, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.62

2007 Subaru Legacy Sedan 2.5 GT
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: San Antonio, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
June 28, 2012

Stickier than my OEM Bridgestone RE050a by far. Treadwear is reasonable considering the grip.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN S.4.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN S.4.Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5

2004 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 38,000
Location: Issaquah, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 38,000 Miles on Tires
November 04, 2012

I have a 2004 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro. I went through 2 sets of OEM Pirelli P-6 tires during the first 60K of this car's life. The Pirelli's are good tires but they don't last too long and they were a bit noisy, so I decided to give something else a try. I had recently purchased some 20" Yokohama Parada Spec-X tires from TireRack for my Mazda CX-9 and LOVED them, so I bought a set of Yokohama Advan S4's.

What a mistake! I've hated these tires from the first day and have regretted the decision every day since! I had such high hopes given the excellent results I had on my Mazda, but it just didn't translate well to the Audi.

The main problem is that on several stretches of interstate highway east of Seattle, these tires cause the car to drift left and right (sometimes violently) as it floats in ruts on the highway. There's a 3-mile stretch of highway on I-90 near my home where I need to move over to the right-hand lane and knock the speed down to about 50 or 55. If I'm in one of the center lanes and am driving "with the flow" at 70 or 75+ MPH, the car handles like I'm being buffeted by 90 MPH winds! I'm not making this up or exaggerating. It seems that the design of these tires is such that certain highway crown shapes combined with my AWD Audi Quattro lead to frightening drifting and floating within the lane. The fear of being pushed left or right into adjacent lanes has totally taken the fun out of driving. Mind you, this doesn't happen everywhere. And after 35K+ miles on these tires, I know know where all the "danger zones" are. But I shouldn't have to keep a mental checklist of sections of highway that require "special treatment".

No doubt these tires perform well on lots of other cars, but if you have a sporty Audi A4 1.8T Quattro like I do, do yourself a favor and look elsewhere unless you want to drive like Granny Smith in the slow lane. I just ordered a set of Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S and can't wait to put the "fun" back in my driving!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN A82A

Friday, October 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN A82A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.45
 
 

2009 Subaru Legacy Sedan
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Location: Alta Loma, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 42,000 Miles on Tires
October 18, 2012

This tire was OEM on my 09 Subie....driven mostly in dry weather, but I travel to snow country several times a year. I was amazed how well the car plowed through the snow and ice with these "low" profile tires. I am replacing them now, although I could probably go another 10K on them, because I travel on the highway away from home alot. If they didn't cost $200 each I would buy them again...I'm going to put the Yoko EnVigors next and see how they do...Oh, BTW my gas milage was excellent on the highway with these tires

 

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

Monday, October 8, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5

2003 Lotus Caterham Super 7 SV
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Location: Oreland, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
October 06, 2012

2003 Lotus - Caterham Super 7 SV, the last (and only) "real" Lotus. These tires are simply perfect for the car. The car is so light (1250 pounds) that it is very difficult to find appropriate road tires. My previous tires were Yokohama Advan 032Rs. They were OK in the dry but super scary in the wet. The Dunlops are fantastic in all conditions! Great grip, razor sharp turn in, mid-corner "pucker" recovery is fantastic, rain is no longer a white knuckle situation. If you need a tire that doesn't require a warm-up period and grips like flypaper, this is a great choice. I couldn't be happier!

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

Thursday, October 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2005 Mazda RX-8 6-speed
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Charlotte, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
September 26, 2012

Having previously run the Bridgestone Potenza RE01R and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD07, the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec was a welcome surprise at a much lower price point. With at least as much grip as the RE01Rs but almost as sharp as the AD07, the Direzzas deliver confident carving of precipitous mountain roads. The RE01Rs were irritatingly comfortable with good ultimate grip but much softer turn-in and greasy communication at the limit. The ADVANs were remarkably crisp at turn-in and blissfully responsive through the turning arc but delivered only good ultimate grip. At 50 bucks less, the Direzzas blow the RE01Rs away in everything important to the true sporting driver and shows the ADVANS the door on all but their immediacy. With no number to back this up, I'd bet that lap times would be significantly better on the Direzzas. The RE01Rs ride smoother and softer than the other two, but who cares? Tread life on all three was very good at 15,000 to 18,000 miles with nary an offramp left unattacked. With the others as 7/10ths tires, the Direzzas are easily confident at 8/10ths and recover nicely from 10/10ths. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Direzza Star Specs for everything from really enjoying mountain roads to on-track performance just south of competition tires. In fact, many track day slick-tire pilots are using these as their wet-weather rubber. Very satisfied.