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      11-16-2012, 07:58 PM   #1
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Michelin PSS vs Dunlop Star Direzza

I am considering a new set of tires.

The power of the Dunlop Star Spec Z1 Direzza was its firm sidewall for cornering like a RFT.
Also great traction in dry and wet.

I am looking at the Michelin Pilot Super Sports since they seem to be getting such great reviews.

Who has experienced both and has an opinion? I'm interested.
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      11-16-2012, 08:29 PM   #2
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I had the Direzza Star Specs on my 335 until about a month ago when I switched to the PSS.

In short, I much prefer the MIchelins.

The two tires have very similar handling characteristics as far as street driving is concerned. I have not had any experience with either tire on the track. In both cases, turn in is crisp (perhaps still not quite as crisp as with RFTs) and both wet and dry traction is superb. With the colder weather here in NC, both experience decreased levels of traction but you shouldn't have to worry about that in FL.

My big beef with the Dunlops was the INSANE road noise after about 5k miles of wear. Can't speak for the Michelins yet (only have about 500 miles on them), but I haven't read anything about noise issues. Another big selling point for me with the Michelins was the tread wear rating. I'm expecting them to last longer than the Dunlops, which lasted about 14k miles for me.
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I haven't driven on both, but the overall consensus is that the PSS is a better tire. The only drawback is cost.
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Thanks for the comparison!

Yes, noise is an issue on the Dunlops.
But after Goodyear GS D3's, the Star Direzza was one of those exceptional tire finds!
I had PS2s and they didn't last.



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I had the Direzza Star Specs on my 335 until about a month ago when I switched to the PSS.

In short, I much prefer the MIchelins.

The two tires have very similar handling characteristics as far as street driving is concerned. I have not had any experience with either tire on the track. In both cases, turn in is crisp (perhaps still not quite as crisp as with RFTs) and both wet and dry traction is superb. With the colder weather here in NC, both experience decreased levels of traction but you shouldn't have to worry about that in FL.

My big beef with the Dunlops was the INSANE road noise after about 5k miles of wear. Can't speak for the Michelins yet (only have about 500 miles on them), but I haven't read anything about noise issues. Another big selling point for me with the Michelins was the tread wear rating. I'm expecting them to last longer than the Dunlops, which lasted about 14k miles for me.
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      11-17-2012, 12:39 PM   #5
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I have driven on both in our E90 test vehicles and I have to agree with jzmundy07's summary. The Z1 is a great price for such a good handling tire but its high noise levels and stiff ride are too much to have to put up with for many drivers.


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