Differences Between Bridgestone's Potenza RE-11 and RE-11A

Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

Earlier this year, Bridgestone announced they would be releasing a revision to their popular Potenza RE-11 tire to make it more competitive in the dry among a stout group of competitors. The Potenza RE-11A will continue forward with the same exact tread pattern as the original Potenza RE-11 and will retain the same speed ratings as well. The main change in the design is a compound difference that allows for slightly higher grip limits. RE-11A tires will be released in ten sizes this summer and are branded with a UTQG rating of 200 - making them legal for most, if not all, street tire competition classes.

Like its predecessor, the Potenza RE-11A seems to be one of the most balanced Extreme Performance Summer tires, as well as one of the few that puts a high emphasis on good wet performance and hydroplaning resistance. Designed for serious sports car, sports coupe and performance sedan driving enthusiasts, the Potenza RE-11A enhances traction, handling and control while maintaining good noise and ride comfort. Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A tires are performance tuned for dry and wet conditions, but like all summer tires it is not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.

The Potenza RE-11A's biggest competitors in 2013 look to be the BFGoodrich g-Force Rival and Dunlop Direzza ZII. Stay tuned for results as we will be testing these tires later this summer!

Comments on Differences Between Bridgestone's Potenza RE-11 and RE-11A

Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Walt. Baliko:
What is the difference between the Potenza RE11A and the RE11AS ?
Thanks
Friday, May 31, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Walt,
Im not familiar with an RE-11AS, just the standard RE11 and RE11A. Are you certain such a tire exists?
Saturday, July 19, 2014 by Matt:
I have RE-11's that are only a year and a half old, and less than 4000 miles on them. One of the tires got nasty bulges in the sidewalls rendering them unsafe. It was near the fall so I just swapped to a different set of tires and put the summer ones away. Fast forward to now and trying to find a replacement for the RE-11, but finding only the RE-11A in the size I need. Would this be suitable to run one RE-11 and one RE-11A?
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by marshall@tireack.com:
Matt,
The RE-11 and RE-11A can be mixed but only in matching pairs. Two new tires would need to go on the same axle set.

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