Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A

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Vehicle: 2012 Audi TT 2.0T Quattro Coupe Premium Plus
2.5
Miles Driven on Tires: 2,000
Location: St. Louis, MO
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Bridgestone Potenza RE050A
Follow-Up Review: 10,000 miles on tires
January 02, 2013
After no more than 10,000 miles on the car, they are shot. There is still enough tread left to keep them in the legal limit, but they have become very noisy. When I first took delivery of my car, these OEM tires were fine except for the excessively harsh ride and somewhat noisy tread. Now, as they have worn in, the back breaking crashy ride is accompanied by horrible drone. They have always had great turn-in feel, which is likely due to the stiff sidewalls. However, in the balance, that great turn in feel is not enough to overcome the noisy, harsh ride. <br><br>My winter tires (Dunlop SP Wintersport 3D) are far more comfortable and less noisy than these, with just a touch less turn in feel. I would expect a winter tire to be noisier but, not in this case.<br><br>I still can't fathom why Audi puts this tire on new cars unless they got an incredible deal on them from Bridgestone in high volume.<br><br><br>I'm looking forward to replacing the 050A's with either the Goodyear Eagle F1 A2's or Micheline PSS's in the Spring.
Initial Review: 2,000 miles on tires
April 10, 2012

If you pine for the days of wooden wagon wheels, just buy these tires. They are spectacularly uncomfortable.

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