Dunlop Direzza DZ102 Review


Dunlop DIREZZA DZ102 Full - 660x550

15"
195/50R15
195/55R15
205/50R15
205/55R15
16"
195/50R16
205/45R16
205/50R16
205/55R16
215/50R16
215/55R16
225/50R16
225/55R16
17"
205/45R17
205/50R17
215/45R17
215/50R17
215/55R17
225/45R17
225/50R17
235/45R17
235/50R17
235/55R17
245/40R17
245/45R17
255/40R17
18"
225/40R18
225/45R18
235/40R18
235/50R18
245/40R18
245/45R18
255/35R18
255/45R18
265/35R18
275/35R18
275/40R18
19"
225/35R19
235/35R19
245/35R19
245/40R19
265/30R19
275/30R19
285/35R19
20"
245/35R20
245/40R20
255/35R20
22"
265/35R22
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The Good
  • Great combination of price and performance
  • Precise steering even in cool weather
  • Resists hydroplaning
The Bad
  • Easily develops flat spots
Dry Traction88
Cornering Stability87
Steering Response86
Ride Quality82
Noise83
Wet Performance80
Treadwear80
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When it comes to seasonal tires, it is not often that one comes across a unique product that makes the cut. The cost factor that comes with owning tires made for a specific period in the year makes this segment challenging for most manufactures. As such, when a reputable brand like Dunlop comes up with a specific summer tire one can’t help but get excited. This they have done with the Direzza DZ102 tires. The Direzza DZ102s can be fitted to sports cars, high performance coupes and high spec sedans. These are high end vehicles and a Dunlop Direzza DZ102 review is one way to ascertain whether the tires are suitable for the job at hand.

Innovative Solutions To Common Problems

Everything about the tires screams high performance. A tread design that is both stylish and aggressive presents high levels of traction in wet driving conditions. Whether on wet or dry surfaces, grip is not compromised by use of a carbon and silica compound that ensures heightened abrasion.

Dunlop’s Jointless Band Technology means that even at cruising speeds, delivery is kept smooth and at peak. Across the tread expanse, profound lateral slits coupled with shoulder grooves augment the tire’s performance levels over the duration of its life. Keeping with longevity, a Max Flange Shield® is incorporated into the tire’s structure to prevent accidental curb damage to the rims.

Street Performance That’s A Tad Unrefined

With so much thought having gone into the development of the Dunlop Direzza DZ102s, there are very few issues with the tires. One such issue has to do with the development of flat spots. This is a weakness that the tires seem to have, especially if a car is parked on cold concrete surfaces. The result is vibrations and jarring shakes that eventually disappear with driving, as the tire warms up. For a seasonal tire this is a cause for concern given that it spends half of the year, or longer, idle.

In addition to that, the Direzza DZ102s seem to struggle when it comes to hard cornering. Granted they are performance tires that deliver great traction and braking in a straight line, but handling seems to be a weak point. Expect a marked level of understeer when going round hairpins at speed. Applying the brakes in a sticky situation can land you in a sideways freefall.

If the Dunlop Direzza DZ102 review is anything to go by, these are hardcore racing tires. Considering the fact that most drivers of the cars they are fitted onto are enthusiasts this should be a welcome development. However, if you are still unsure whether they are the right choice for you, review these features.

What The Dunlop Direzza DZ102 Tires Do Best

  • Brings together a Silicarbon Matrix tread amalgam for heightened wet and dry traction
  • Double steel reinforced belts integrated into the tire’s internal framework to ensure unswerving performance throughout the tire’s life
  • Directional tread pattern with tri – rib indentations for added stability and handling
  • Polyester cord casing, coupled with Max Flange Shields reduces the risk of accidental damage from curbs and pavements.

Dunlop has come up with a no-frills tire that gives hair-raising performance for those willing to take the challenge. Some refinement issues and the fact that it’s solely a summer tire make it something of a bitter-sweet symphony.

Author: Matt Taylor

A 28 year old car guy that used to work in a car repair shop. I used to talk about tires because I had to, now I talk about them because I want to.

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