Tire Decision (UPDATED)

Yesterday in the late evening I researched five extreme performance street tires. Again I wanted a tire I could use daily driving and for Autocross. It is important to me that it responses to my inputs quickly and does well in the rain. I used TireRack as my guide to make make my decision.


BFGoodrich g-Force Rival
  • Easy to drive, takes abuse from driver inputs and handles well just beyond the limit
  • Does not do well in the rain when it comes to abrupt movements it takes a bit to recover
  • Has a balanced corner stability feel
  • Provides a good ride on the road
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A
  • Not as responsive to driver inputs compared to the other four tires
  • Can take some abuse from the driver
  • Easy to drive in the wet to the limit but doesn't have as much grip as the Yokohama
  • Provides the best ride on the road compared to the other four ties
Dunlop Direzza ZII
  • Has precise steering and handling
  • In the wet it has quick steering response but doesn't have grip to the limit like the Yokohama
  • Provides a hard and loud ride on the road, especially on the freeway
Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R
  • Has precise steering and handling (almost as fast as the Dunlop)
  • Best of the four tires in the wet
  • Does well on the road but when it comes to big bumps it firms up the ride
Unfortunately the ZII Star specs are so new that I can't find much info on them anywhere.  The following is all I could find :

Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec
  • Uses the same tread design as ZII 
  • Tread compound accommodates a wider operating temperature range
  • Delivers high levels of dry grip and handling while promoting uniform tire temperatures and even wear across the tread
  • Angled independent grooves help direct water to the sides of the footprint to enhance wet traction
After reading and watching videos I decided to order he ZIIs, it's a shame that there isn't alot of info on the ZII Star Specs. I feel that if Yokohama keeps improving their tire to be as fast as the Dunlop I will definitely give them a chance in the future. It is REALLY important to me how a tire responses to my inputs. I am a type of person that wants immediate action when I need it.

By the way TireRack is awesome! I ordered my tires yesterday and I got them today. That is some speedy service.

Ciao!