for the note on the Maxxis VR-1 S2's, they look like a great all-around deal. Coincidentally the Maxxis US HQ is ~20 mins away from me. The VR-1 tread pattern looks very similar to the Direzza ZIIIs for a bit less money but no 2-year road hazard warranty from Tire Rack. Any thoughts on the VR-1s vs. Direzzas?
Wow... No idea how I missed this. Looks like you picked up Indy 500s. I had those on my BMW and really like them too. Sidewall a bit soft, grip is great, and quite inexpensive.
In regards to the VR1 vs Z3. I've only had the Z1 and Z2. Haven't tried the Z3 but I assume it's just better off the same. The Z1/2 always felt like a great track tire to me at the expense of road comfort and noise. Sidewall pretty stiff. I do like the Maxxis VR-1 better because it's the goldilocks spot for the driving I do. It was even super fun and consistent at the track. I'd say the Z3 might edge it out a tiny tiny bit in overall grip but longevity was good, communication was good, heat tolerance was good, and the drive back home was comfortable. I'd only swap to a different brand if the PS4S came in our sizes or if I decided to go 235/40/17, which has been looming over me lately. VR-1 does not come in a 235 like the RC-1 does. Maxxis dominate, and I mean dominate the high performance mountain bike world so I'm very familiar with the brand which may seem new to car folks.
I remember the Indy 500 got a bit greasy quickly at high temps but no complaints from me as an aggressive street tire. Really great value for performance. The Japanese version is a Bridgestone and highly rated in Japan.
Btw... Those Advan offsets are PERFECT for the NSX IMO. I miss the fitment from my Advan RS's in the exact same size.