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 hydroplaning.
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.