The Raptor ZR from Riken is designed especially for drivers of
sport coupes, compacts and smaller sedans who are looking for a high performance summer tire that is value priced
to save big money. As a subsidiary of Michelin, Riken is known for its line of budget-minded high performance tires
that provide serious grip and handling, as well as aggressive looks and longer tread life.
The directional tire pattern and high tech tread compound on the Raptor ZR combine
to provide maximum handling and traction on dry or wet surfaces. Steering response is enhanced through a high
modulus composition sidewall, while larger outside shoulder blocks increase cornering power.
Grip on wet roads is made safer with a continuous center rib and numerous sipes
around the tread. It helps evacuate more water from under the tread and reduces the risk of
The ZR hasn't forgotten about ride quality due to its computer-phased tread design
that minimizes road noise and improves overall ride comfort.
Inside the tire you will find two steel belts and a double strip-wound nylon
overlay that add more strength and durability to the tire at higher speeds. It also increases the contact patch and
allows the tire to maintain its shape. Riken has also added a rim protector to the tire to help prevent damage to
custom wheels. A 40,000 mile tread warranty is included as well.
Traction on dry or wet pavement is very good
Cornering grip and steering response are impressive
Very good treadlife
Value for the money is as good as it gets in a ZR tire
Tires tend to get more road noise as they wear down
Riken has a winner on its hands with this Raptor ZR. It is hands down the best low
cost high performance tire in its class. Traction and grip on dry surfaces and in the corners is superb. Wet
handling is nearly as good, and the treadlife is better than you would expect.
The only "knock" if you will on this tire is that it tends to get more noise as it
wears down. Big deal! This is a high performance tire and you would expect that. Overall, just an excellent tire
for the low cost.