Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Review

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Review
Bottom Line

Those who love to drive also love to customize their experience to the seasons. In summer, that means a top performing summer tire like the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11. With track-worthy handling and high scores for comfort and noise, this is the tire to pick for maximum driving pleasure and performance. On the downside, there's no treadwear warranty and tread life tends to be short.

Pros
  • Excellent grip
  • Comfortable; quiet
  • Track-worthy handling
  • Good traction on wet roads
Cons
  • No tread warranty
  • Shorter tread life

Breaking it down

Performance

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." Testers with TireRack.com say handling is balanced and stable with "a nicely weighted feel in the steering wheel." In a survey of owners, the Potenza RE-11 gets particularly high scores for cornering stability, dry traction and steering response.

Comfort

Smooth-riding performance tire. While in one professional test Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 earns just an average rating for noise, slightly above average for ride quality, editors at TireRack.com say it "showed a clear advantage over the other three tires in the test for overall ride quality, doing a surprisingly good job (for an Extreme Performance Summer tire) rounding over the sharper bumps and expansion joints along the route." In addition, they note that the RE-11 tires generate "a broad, white noise that often disappeared into the background of surrounding traffic and wind noise as speeds increased." Owners agree, giving the Potenza Excellent ratings in all categories related to comfort.

Durability

No tread warranty. Owners at TireRack.com say that life span for the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 is about average for extreme-performance tires. A leading consumer organization rates rolling resistance and tread life as average. Bridgestone doesn't include a tread warranty for the Potenza RE-11.

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tire, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

Editors with ConsumerReports.org include the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 in their ultra-high-performance summer tire report, testing it alongside dozens of other similar tires. Each tire's overall score includes ratings on performance, handling, ride comfort and tread life.

2. Motor Trend

Performance Tires Explored on New Episode of The Downshift, Alex Nishimoto, Sept. 17, 2013

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.

3. Tire Rack

Testing Extreme Performance Summer Tires: The Boys of Summer Are Here, Editors of TireRack.com, June 6, 2013

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.

4. Tire Rack

Bridgestone Potenza RE-11, Contributors to TireRack.com, As of September 2016

Around 365 owners review the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 here, giving it an overall score of 4.3 out of 5. 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.