The Ultra High Performance All-Season category is one of our most popular. Tires from this performance category are in strong demand from customers for a variety of vehicles who are looking for the latest and greatest in performance. Last summer, Bridgestone introduced the Potenza RE970AS Pole Position as an updated version to their popular Potenza RE960.
Competition in this category is fierce with all the major brands vying for customers by revising tier offerings on a regular basis. Since tier introduction in 2010, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS has received very positive reviews from our customers and in our tests. At the time of our testing, many automotive magazines and media sources were quick to proclaim the Continental their top pick. With this in mind, we put the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position in a competition with the Continental ExtremeContact DWS, as well as the Pirelli P Zero Nero All Season and Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus.
As you can see here, all four tires came within a tenth of a point of one another in the Combined Road & Track Rating, with the Bridgestone coming out on top.
On our 6.6-mile loop of expressway, state highway and country roads, the Michelin and Bridgestone tires proved to be the most responsive of the group without exhibiting a pronounced drone over long stretches of asphalt and concrete. While on the test track, the Pirelli posted the quickest lap time, but came in third behind the Michelin and Bridgestone due to a diminished degree of "communication" between the car and driver. To see how we challenge a tire's traction, handling and predictability in both dry and wet conditions on our test track, watch "Testing Tires: On the Test Track."