Right now when talking about the top tier of performance street tires is all about 4 tires
1.) BF Goodrich G-Force Rival
2.) Bridgestone Potenza RE11A
3.) Dunlop Direzza Z2
4.) Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08R
I have driven on all of them, both on the street and on the track, here's my take.
All, were very good and for 3 out of 4 noticeable upgrades from their predecessors. They certainly have blurred the line between "race tires you can drive on the street" and "street tires you can drive on the track".
As far as road manners go I liked the low road noise and comfortable ride of the Bridgestone Potenza RE11A
with the Yokohama being a very close second. The Rival
is very "darty" on the road and follows road irregularities. The Dunlop
is, by far, the noisiest of the four.
The track is is where these tires show their true metal. With all producing over a 1g average in the dry it made for some fun driving. In the end the two fastest tires for me were the Dunlop Direzza Z2
and the BF Goodrich G-Force Rival
. I was fastest on the BFG by a slight margin while some of my associates were faster on the Z2's.
While, the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Specs and Hankook Ventus R-S3 were battling it out of supremacy last season this new crop tires have made them also rans. The Star Spec has been discontinued in favor of the superior performance of the Z2. The R-S3 is definitely showing its' age with comparatively sluggish steering response as well as its lack of composure and stability under heavy load.
NOTE: You will not find the Yokoham ADVAN Neova AD08R is not on our website at this time. It is so new it hasn't even made it to the North America yet but, it will start arriving in the next few weeks.
We have just completed our testing of these new entries into the Extreme Performance tire world and will be publishing our results very soon so, keep an eye on our website for the full test report