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New Dunlop Direzza ZII vs Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec

Gary_at_Tirerack Gary_at_Tirerack
Administrator | Posts: 30 | Joined: 11/11
Posted: 04/02/13
08:54 AM

Ever since its release several years ago, the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec has been a great addition to the Extreme Performance Summer category. Its combination of grip, handling, steering response and pricing has made it a very popular choice for autocrossers and even some light track driving.

Given the popularity of the Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec, there's been much anticipation for its upcoming replacement, the Direzza ZII. Other than the shorter name, how do they compare? Since the new Direzza ZII hasn't been out on the market very long yet, most sources of information are from pre-release testings.

Fortunately, Dunlop brought us a set of production-spec tires to try out before we closed our test track for the 2012 season. We took a set of Z1 Star Specs from our distribution center to benchmark the ZII and get an idea of how well Dunlop improved upon an already great tire! Our tests proved it was easier to go faster with the Direzza ZII as you can see in the test times listed below:

Avg. Lap                                Dry      Wet

Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 --   29.56 35.00
Dunlop Direzza ZII                29.08   33.84
Time Difference --                   -0.48 -1.16

As the test shows, the new Direzza ZII improves both wet and dry lap times and is a worthy successor to the Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec. For a complete recap of our testing, watch "Dunlop Direzza ZII Introductory Track Drive." here :


Please refer to 'Gary/Motortrend' as your previous contact when you order online.


askaricars! askaricars!
New User | Posts: 21 | Joined: 04/13
Posted: 04/04/13
12:20 PM

time difference is confusing me!  

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