Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole PositionReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86

2005 Mini Cooper S
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Portland, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2013

When I bought my Cooper S, it had run flats on it. I ditched them for the Continental DW summer tire. AMAZING tire, wet/dry traction was incredible for the price, but they were pretty much worn down after a year/half (about 13K miles, lots of "spirited" driving in there). Would I buy that tire again? In a heartbeat, but only as a summer tire as they don't do well in snow or below 40 degrees, as expected.

So I knew I wanted something a little more weather friendly since I didn't want to be stuck if it got too cold out, or snowed, etc. I had a set of 960s in the past, and they were a great tire. So far, the 970 seems just as good, if not better. They're quieter than the DW, and that's really all I can say at this point. Good turn-in feel, stiff sidewall but not too stiff, compliant ride. Good in the wet/deep standing water, but further driving testing will really determine the character of the tire.

And here's hoping I get more miles out of this tire than I did the last.

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