Bridgestone's Potenza RE970AS Pole Position is Setting the Standard

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by Doc Horvath

For the last couple of years, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS has consistently been highly rated by our customers in the very competitive Ultra High Performance All-Season category. With our most recent test, we have found a new leader worthy of attention, the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position.

The Ultra High Performance All-Season category is aimed at drivers who demand a sporty handling tire that can also provide cold weather handling with some light snow capability. Popular applications that would use tires from this category would be sport sedans like the BMW 3 and 5 Series, Audi A4 and A6, as well as sporty coupes from Germany, Japan and the USA. This summer we tested the following four tires against one another to see what each tire's best characteristics were and which one would come out on top:

At the track, all four tires were within 0.3 seconds of one another, with the P Zero Nero All Season posting the quickest time in dry conditions. When we factored in cornering and braking capabilities, the Bridgestone came out as the overall winner. Also, when we turned on the sprinklers, the Potenza RE970AS Pole Position really began to impress. It was definitely the clear-cut winner for performance driving on the wet test track.

In conclusion, as a group these Ultra High Performance All-Season tires do a pretty good job when it comes to dry and wet roads. The Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position sets the standard for the category with an excellent blend of handling, road manners and overall dry and wet traction. The Continental ExtremeContact DWS delivers a great blend of road and track manners, and is known for delivering good winter weather traction. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season tires are one of the most responsive tires in the category, while Pirelli's P Zero Nero All Season rounds out the test with a reasonable ride and handling, but doesn't quite have the wet traction.

For a complete recap of our test, watch "Testing Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires."

Comments on Bridgestone's Potenza RE970AS Pole Position is Setting the Standard

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by Sarah:
I have Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS tires on my Subaru WRX (215 45R17), and have to replace one tire. Are the tread patterns close enough for me to add one RE970AS tire with three of the older model, or do I have to buy four brand-new tires?
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by doc:
Sarah,
Unfortunately the RE970 would not be able to be mixed on the same axle as the RE960 (regardless of tread depth). You'll have to find one more RE960 and have it shaved down to match the tread depth of the damaged tire or consider a new set of something else

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