I told you guys I had a set on the way....well here they are! 225/45/17 dunlop direzza z3. First a little back story, I had a set of 2011 production pirelli trofeos that worked pretty well on track. They took a lap to heat up and then they would handle business. On street they would never get up to temp and pretty much had no grip everywhere. I guess thats how you get a set of $800 tires for $400 on closeout. Needless to say they didnt last long and were killed off by some unnecessary tire murderers.....nails. I'm somewhat of a tire whore and always look forward to trying the latest and greatest. The freshest tire out now is the z3 so of course I grabbed a set and put them to the test!
I had these tires on the street for two days before I took them on track. There were smooth and quiet like the z2 but unlike the z2 they have loads of grip. I'm more than impressed with the amount of grip these tires offer. If mountain runs and back roads are your past time , I don't see how you could be unsatisfied with the z3. like most tires in this 200tw category they do run a little wide which is great for contact patch and that "beefy" look. I haven't had a chance yet to drive in the rain with these but the tread pattern hasn't changed much. If anything it looks more like the re71. So you had the z2, then the RE71 came around looking like a knockoff z2, and now you have the z3, so knockoff re71 maybe? Obviously this pattern is proven, so I can only assume they should be pretty decent dispersing water. The sidewalls like most dunlops are a little soft, which translates into laggy turn in response. Nothing new, the z2 were the same but it does offer a slightly more comfortable ride than the re71.
On track these tires are "da beez neez"! There is tons of grip on deck and all the communication you could possibly ask for. Breakaway is progressive, no surprises. Reaching the limit is cake as they love to talk to you. This is one characteristic I don't really care for. Tire squeal is a bit annoying to me, and makes it hard to pull off incognito hoonage on the street. No one does that anyways though, because it's illegal so I suppose thats irrelevant. I started the day out raw, no pressure adjustment just hit the track to cop a feel. Came in after my first session and my hot pressures were near 39psi. A little high but I was already half a second faster than my previous visit at amp. I took 2psi out and managed to drop over a second from my last personal best. These tires a very responsive to pressure. I took another two psi out of the front to induce some oversteer and they reacted just as expected. Honestly these are the most responsive street tire I've ever driven on. Even when hot and tireD everything is still progressive, you can feel wHATS COMING BEFORE THE EXPLOSIVE SURPRISE, KINDA LIKE WHEN.....NVM. eVEN THOUGH THE SIDEWALLS ARE A BIT ON THE SOFT SIDE THE SIDEWALLS SHOW NO WEAKNESS. tIRE ROLL OVER WAS NEVER AN ISSUE AND THAT LITTLE BIT OF SIDEWALL FLEX LET YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE TIRE WAS DOING.
tHE PHOTOS ABOVE HAVE THREE THIRTY MINUTE SESSIONS ON THEM. fOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW AMP IS MOSTLY ALL LEFT HANDERS AND CAN BE HELL ON RF TIRES. tWO PICTURES ABOVE IS THE RF TIRE WHICH HAS WORN VERY WELL CONSIDERING THE BEATING IT TOOK TODAY. mY LAST SET WERE BRAND NEW AS WELL A MONTH AGO AT AMP AND i CAN ASSURE YOU THE RF TIRE WAS TRASHED. i THINK i'LL BE ABLE TO GET A DECENT AMOUNT OF WEAR OUT OF THESE. i DON'T THINK THEY ARE RINGER TIRES LIKE THE RE71 AND RIVAL S. iF i HAD TO COMPARE THEM TO ANYTHING IT WOULD BE THE hANKOOK rs4. tHE DUNLOPS HAVE A HAIR BIT MORE GRIP BUT THE HANKOOKS WOULD PROBABLY LAST A HAIR BIT LONGER. oVERAll I'm sold, this is my new favorite street tire! Try it for yourself, if you do not like them please send like new tires to the address on the home page!
Location: Atlanta motorsports park
temp: mid 70s
Vehicle: 2013 FRs..H&R springs, rear sway bar delete, stock wheels