John Dunlop, the inventor of the pneumatic tire, founded Dunlop back in 1889. With its one hundred plus years in the tire industry, Dunlop has the experience, expertise and technology to produce some of the best tires. Dunlop produces a full line of tires, such as affordable winter / snow tires like the Winter Maxx, and great all-season tires, such as the Signature II.
The Direzza tires are their line of Ultra High Performance Summer tires and include leading choices like the Direzza ZII Star Spec and Sport Maxx TT. For those drivers looking for a good bang-for-your-buck summer tire, Dunlop offered the Direzza DZ101. It was a good tire, but it was never a top tire in its class. This is one of the reasons they updated the tire to a newer version, the Direzza DZ102. This new tire offers a rather large improvement over the older DZ101.
Much like the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport vs. g-Force Sport COMP-2, the new Dunlop Direzza DZ102 has made dramatic improvements. In our testing, the Direzza DZ102 is better in regards to ride noise and ride comfort. It also offers a good ride quality while delivering head-turning performance in warm, dry and wet conditions. For a complete recap of testing, read "Testing Ultra High Performance Summer Tires: New Shoes for Your Sporty Car."