Bridgestone's 3G RFT Technology is designed to offer almost the same riding comfort as conventional tires and that's why the Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT may change the way you feel about run-flat tires.
The biggest enemy to the tire when running "flat" is the heat generated. This traditionally has required a thick, stiff sidewall to move the heat off the tire to prevent failure. A thick sidewall results in the unpleasant ride qualities most people associate with run-flats. The new 3G RFT Technology uses protrusions or cooling fins on the sidewall. Bridgestone also molded a NanoPro-Tech Sidewall reinforced rubber compound into the tire's sidewall. These two features reduce heat generated and aid in moving the heat away from the sidewall. This allows a reduction in sidewall stiffness, which results in a more comfortable ride.
- Improved ride comfort and wear
- Balanced all-season and dry performance
- Dual layer tread compound that changes to maintain wet traction as the tire wears
During our test of the the run-flat and non-run-flat version of the Potenza RE960AS Pole Position, we found the ride quality and noise from impacts to be similar, with the advantage still going to the traditional tire. However, the tread pattern and compound are shared between the standard and run-flat tire and the gap in qualities has shrunk. Overall, we felt the two tires were very similar, which is in stark contrast to past experiences with run-flat tires. Full test results can be found by viewing "Is the Third Generation Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT 3G Run-Flat the Charm?"