Bridgestone designed the Potenza RE-11 to "give you the ultimate in grip that you could drive on the street with but also take and use occasionally at track events," according to Matt Edmunds, Tire Rack's vice president. With excellent performance and comfort, it is picked by tire experts as one of the best extreme-performance tires. "The Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 delivers civilized road manners and very good track handling, especially in the wet," say TireRack.com editors.
Outstanding track-worthy performance. In comparison to lower-performance tires from brands like Michelin, the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 is a "clear step forward in performance," says race car driver Randy Pobst in a Motor Trend tire review. He adds that it has "so much grip it emphasizes the feeling that I need more power. It does everything better." Hot Rod magazine tests the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 in its performance tire review, calling it progressive and smooth. "That's a good thing for driver confidence," says Hot Rod's Elana Scherr. Testers with TireRack.com say handling is balanced and stable with "a nicely weighted feel in the steering wheel."
Smooth-riding performance tire. The Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 is more refined than similar tires from Dunlop, Yokohama and BFGoodrich, according to TireRack.com, which says the Bridgestone has " the best ride comfort and lowest tread and impact noise levels" in its tire review. Its "somewhat softer handling was tolerant to big inputs and shrugged off small driving mistakes, which made it a little more comfortable to stretch out at the limit for some of our drivers." The editors add, however, that overall comfort still doesn't match top performers in the maximum-performance category.
No tread warranty. Owners at TireRack.com say that life span for the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 is about average for extreme-performance tires. "I currently have a little over 32,000 miles on them and they still have 5-6/32-inch of tread," says one reviewer, adding that "they've worn perfectly even." In a comparison by TireRack.com, editors say the Bridgestone's rolling resistance is similar to other summer tires from brands like Dunlop and Yokohama. A leading consumer organization rates rolling resistance and tread life as average. Bridgestone doesn't include a tread warranty for the Potenza RE-11, unlike top brands like Michelin and Hankook.
Editors with ConsumerReports.org include the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 in their ultra-high-performance summer tire report, testing it alongside 20 other models of ZR-speed-rated tires. Each tire's overall score includes ratings on performance, handling, ride comfort and tread life.
Review: Ultra High Performance Summer Tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
2. Motor Trend
Race car driver Randy Pobst tests three sets of extreme performance tires on a Subaru in this video tire review: OEM Michelin Primacy HP, Bridgestone S-04 Pole Position and Bridgestone RE-11. The RE-11 provides the most amount of traction with stable, responsive handling.
Review: Performance Tires Explored on New Episode of The Downshift, Alex Nishimoto, Sept. 17, 2013
3. Hot Rod
In this six-tire comparison to find the best performance summer tire, editors say the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 doesn't quite fit the criteria with its 180-treadwear. They use it as their control tire, running lap times against 200-treadwear tires like the Dunlop Direzza ZII and Michelin Pilot Super Sport.
Review: Traction Test - The Best 200-Treadwear Tires, Elana Scherr, Dec. 4, 2013
4. Tire Rack
Editors include four sets of extreme-performance summer tires in this report: BFGoodrich g-Force Rival, Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A, Dunlop Direzza ZII and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08. Bridgestone has the highest overall score, with editors praising its comfort and wet traction.
Review: Testing Extreme Performance Summer Tires: The Boys of Summer Are Here, Editors of TireRack.com, June 6, 2013
5. Tire Rack
Almost 300 owners review the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 here, giving it an average score of 8.61 out of 10. On the website's ongoing customer tire survey, the Potenza RE-11 ranks at the top for extreme-performance summer tires, with excellent ratings for stability, dry traction and steering response.
Review: Bridgestone Potenza RE-11, Contributors to TireRack.com, As of April 2014