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

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Vehicle: 1990 Audi Quattro Coupe
Miles Driven on Tires: 14,000
Location: Edmonton, AB
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec
Initial Review: 14,000 miles on tires
May 04, 2012

These tires get up to temperature really quickly, reward the driver with sharp steering input and when the grip breaks away it does so evenly. Noise is slightly meat grinder-esque, especially as they wear, but not uncomfortable. Tread life could be better but you can't have everything when you're going for top tier performance.

When I had some of these on my A4 I was impressed with how they handled in the rain. Also, since they're so sticky I pulled out faster 60-ft times than a basically stock car should have (2.00 sec). A good friend of mine bought some because of what I was saying and due in part to my research (here at TR and elsewhere). They went on his stage 3+ Audi S4 and we promptly took a roadtrip to the Ocean to break them in. Let me repeat: they're magnificient in torrential downpours around twisty coastal mountain roads at mental rates of speed.

This week I sourced some Z1SS for my Audi Coupe quattro and I am ecstatic to think about how the upgrade will improve the car's handling and braking. Plus they look really mean...

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