King of Ultra High Performance All-Season: Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 by Ben Rooney

The Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position finished at the top of our most recent test of Ultra High Performance All-Season tires. This test evaluated the leading tires in the category on the road and on wet and dry test track conditions. 

Potenza RE907AS Pole Position tires mold a new all-season rubber compound into a directional tread design that combines responsiveness on dry roads, with traction in wet and wintry driving conditions. A series of circumferential and lateral grooves help pump water and slush through the tire's footprint to enhance hydroplaning resistance, wet road and light snow traction.
 

A good all-season tire must offer the following qualities:

  • Well-rounded
  • Balance wet, dry and snow capabilities 
  • Good ride comfort
  • Sporty handling
  • Longevity

This broad set of parameters can make it difficult for a tire to excel in any one area. The RE970AS Pole Position does an excellent job of balancing all of the competing demands that a tire of this category needs to meet. To see how the tire performed in our tests last summer, read "Testing Bridgestone's Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Ultra High Performance All-Season Tire."
 

The one thing that our test did not measure was snow traction. We did take customer survey results that included evaluations for snow traction from the past winter and the results have again been favorable. With data from over 417,000 miles, the RE970AS is currently at the top of our Tire Survey Results

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