Monday, May 27, 2013

Best 2013 Performance Tire Poll

The votes are in. The Dunlop Direzza ZII opened a lead from the start and even though the BFG g-Force Rival tried hard to catch up, they did not have enough votes to pull it off. My impressions from talking to everyone at 5 autocross and 3 track days so far this season is that the Rivals may have slightly better dry traction and that they hold heat better. The Direzza ZIIs are likely to perform relatively better in the lower temps (your first run for the day) but given enough heat, the Rivals will stick marginally better. The Direzzas are better rain tires, slightly cheaper size for size, and since they are symmetrical and allow swapping side to side, will probably have better wear potential.

Share your experience with the ZIIs and Rivals so far this season - how do you like them and how do they compare? We will need a new poll that includes the Bridgestone RE11A very soon!