Dunlop SP Sport 01 review
What is it?
The Dunlop SP Sport 01 is an ultra high performance summer tire designed sport-oriented coupes and sedans, and sports cars. The SP Sport 01 has been used as the original equipment tire for vehicles like the Volkswagen GTI and Subaru WRX.
Strengths and weaknesses?
Performance-wise, the SP Sport 01 is about on par with the Dunlop Direzza DZ101, which is to say, it's adequate but not great.
Where the SP Sport 01 falls behind the Direzza DZ101 and the majority of other ultra high performance summer tires is in terms of comfort characteristics. Ride quality is below average for the category and road noise is high. Additionally, treadlife is quite limited.
How does the SP Sport 01 compare?
Just adequate performance, below average comfort characteristics, and limited treadlife combine to give the SP Sport 01 a rank of fourteenth out of seventeen tires per user feedback.
Anything else to know?
More than one user has reported sidewall bubbles and structural integrity issues.
Egregious OE tax in play here... While modern ultra high performance summer tires from Dunlop like the Direzza DZ102 are reasonably priced, the SP Sport 01 is not. We're talking over $100 more per tire than the class leading BF Goodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 in a common 18" size.
So in summary, you can get superior performance and much better value elsewhere.
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