Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position

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Vehicle: 1986 Toyota MR2
Miles Driven on Tires: 500
Location: Burlington, KY
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position
Follow-Up Review: 41,000 miles on tires
February 27, 2013
Having just passed 40,000 miles with these tires, I am obliged to say that I am extremely happy with them. They are still pretty quiet, I haven't had any wear issues, and most surprising, I will likely get another 5000mi, at least. <br><br>I will say that I made habit of checking pressures regularly, balancing and rotated every 6000mi. Being that these tires are directional, at 18000mi I dismounted the tires and swapped sides in addition to the front back rotate. I did not do this again at 36000mi, and I can tell that the drive wheel side is worn a bit more now. <br><br>Performance wise, these tires still hold well for my car. Dry performance has a bit less handling stability than when newer, but they still uphold my confidence in the twisties. In the rain, they feel rather confident as well, only occasionally feeling loose when large puddles are hit. <br>Snow and ice traction is diminished, but they have been getting me to work via my 30 mile Western Ohio Winter commute. <br><br>Overall, I would buy again... Unfortunately these tires are discontinued for my size. I wish the 970's were in my size as well.
Initial Review: 500 miles on tires
March 25, 2011

I purchased this tire to replace a pair of worn Blizzaks on my daily driven MR2. The tires were mounted on the stock rims on a car with a refreshed and slightly upgraded suspension setup (stock height), all parts replaced and aligned. Even though the stock tire size is 185/60/14, I went to the 195/60 in hopes of getting a bit more comfort, but still great traction, with this car that I DD (highway) and still hit up the backroads with on the weekends.

Based on reviews and ratings (price wasn't bad either), I opted for these Bridgestones. I haven't really done too much serious driving, but I can say that the tires are much quieter than the old Blizzaks and just as much so as the 215/45/16 Hankook RS2s (great tire, but not much creature comforts) I had last summer. Also, these Bridgestones are predictable and direct with inputs. On the highway they ride smooth, as a new tire should but, again, they are nice and quiet.

Just this evening, I took them down one of my favorite stretches of backroads, and for a tire so comfortable, they just blew me away! Very direct, predictable, and firm. I didn't feel any squirm or mushiness from the front to the back, even through some interesting set of turns. They catered amazingly to my mid-engined coupe's unique handling characteristics, and had me having to throttle down a bit because of how fast I was going with the car still feeling so secured to the road... Frankly I was shocked! I look forward to making these tires last, all while getting the best use out of them. I hope to report back in the future!

A note about a previous review; perspectively good tires don't make your car lose control, but a poor alignment might. Proper alignment is important when judging how well a tire performs. Side note, I was surprised at the number of Porsche owners who commented on how well these tires performed for them, certainly in the pursuit of comfort from day to day, and performance from weekend to weekend.

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