Is the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R the New Extreme Performance Summer Champ?

Do you love to drive? Do you have a fun car that comes out for track and autocross weekends or do you simply relish the curvy roads of your daily commute? You should consider the sticky grip and razor sharp steering response of an Extreme Performance Summer tire. Last year, the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec tested out to be the top performing tire in the category. 

This year there are three new entrants to the Extreme Performance Summer category: BFGoodrich g-Force Rival S, the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R and Kumho Ecsta V720. Given the Hankook R-S3 Version 2's marketplace appeal, we made it the fourth tire in our recently competed comparison test. What did we find out? Our complete detailed test report will appear shortly but here's a quick summary of what we determined from the dry track session:

  1. The Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R is the real deal. We've heard of many expert autocrossers who saw significant improvement when they switched to this tire. Our test data backed this up. When you add the positive anecdotal feedback from drivers that have tracked it, the RE-71R is simply the best street, autocross and track tire for most.
  2. The Kumho Ecsta V720 is also a great tire. However, only limited number of sizes (205/50R15, 225/50R16, 215/45R17, 225/45R17, 245/40R17 and 245/40R18) are available.
  3. The BFGoodrich g-Force Rival S is definitely faster than the g-Force Rival. 
  4. The Hankook RS-3 Version 2 is a good tire but did not stack up compared to the competition. 


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