Originally Posted by Gill@Tirerack.com
Before we get into all the marketing and specs, here's how the Direzza Z2 tested against the model it replaced, the Z1 Star Spec.
Most impressive, indeed!
The Direzza ZII is Dunlop's Extreme Performance Summer tire developed for serious sports car, sports coupe and performance sedan enthusiasts looking for race tire-like traction on the street or for use in autocross, drifting and track events. Designed for drivers who want Dunlopís highest level of traction and handling in warm and dry conditions, Direzza ZII tires are not intended to be driven through snow, on ice or in near-freezing temperatures.
Direzza ZIIís high-grip tread compound is molded into a directional design with a continuous center rib flanked by massive shoulders that form a highly rigid tread that delivers high levels of dry grip and handling while promoting uniform tire temperatures and even wear across the tread. Two wide circumferential center grooves channel water through the center of the tread design while angled independent grooves help direct water to the sides of the footprint to enhance wet traction.
The Direzza ZII features Dunlopís True Circle Profile that distributes tire deflection forces along the sidewall to provide more control by better communicating tire performance limits to the driver. Its internal structure includes JointLess Band (JLB) Technology that spirally winds polyamide cord over the two wide steel belts to promote strength, uniform ride quality and high-speed capability. Two-ply polyester sidewalls help resist lateral deflection to provide responsive handling and cornering stability.
pricing (subject to change) and sizes:
The first shipment, which unfortunately will not include every size, of the new Direzza Z2 is scheduled to arrive in our facility the week of January 14th.
Contact me directly with any questions.
Maybe it's time for a new test comparison with the RE-11's, PSS's, Yoko's, and RS-3's.