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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Review

By: Carl Laron on September 21, 2017

Bottom Line

If you want to maximize the performance and handling of your sports or exotic car look no further than the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11. It's a terrific performer at the track, holding its own against more extreme performance tires, and it's well-mannered on streets and highways, too.

Pros

  • Excellent grip
  • Comfortable; quiet
  • Track-worthy handling
  • Good traction on wet roads

Cons

  • Should not be driven in cold weather
  • No tread warranty
Our Analysis
Specs

Breaking it down

Performance

Track-worthy, street friendly. 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." For driving on streets and highways, TireRack.com editors find that the ride is civilized, with wet tracking and breaking that are better than is typically found in this class. Dry-road handling was enhanced in 2013 by a switch to a tire compound with more grip (and that updated tire was marketed for a while as the RE-11A, though now it is once again simply the RE-11). 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. Editors at TireRack.com say that the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 "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 Good 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, and it earns a grade of good in that criteria in the site's user survey. Bridgestone doesn't offer a tread warranty for the Potenza RE-11, and cautions that use in competitions may also void the 5-year workmanship warranty.

Our Sources

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. The RE-11 was designated for a while as the RE-11A following a change in tire composition to allow for even more gripping ability, though it is once again simply the RE-11.

Contributors to TireRack.com, As of September 2017

More than 375 owners review the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 at TireRack.com. The tire ranks first (out of eight) in the extreme-performance summer tires, with feedback representing more than 2.4 million driving miles. The tire earns an with excellent rating for its overall performance on dry surfaces, and better than typical ratings for this class when it comes to its performance on wet roads and for delivering a comfortable ride.

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.

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