Well ladies n germs, it's that time of the year. AutoX season is going to start soon and I need tires for my car ('02 BMW 330i).
I ran Dunlop ZIIs on the Miata last year. Really liked them for the autox. Great grip even when cold, which is particularly nice for the 1st lap/run. Took very little time to heat up. I did find that the tire pressure differential between cold & hot/warm tires on the ZIIs was quite significant.
So while the ZIIs are an obvious choice for me, I am open to alternatives. Especially since there appear to be several good ones out there, in the same price ballpark.
Here are my current options in 235/45R17 (for a 7.5" rim)
Dunlop Direzza ZII
BF Goodrich Rivals (in 225s, no 235s)
I've also found some other options at TireRack like the Kumho Ecsta XS and Yokohama Advan Neova AD08. But their UTQG rating puts them out of contention for me. Need a minimum of 200 UTQG. I know this years regs allow for >140, but next year is expected to drop to >200 and I'd like to not have to change tires each season.
Any other non obvious choices I should be looking at? I saw that DiscountTire has BF Goodrich T/A KDWs. I thought those were discontinued.