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

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!


Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Walt. Baliko

What is the difference between the Potenza RE11A and the RE11AS ?
Friday, May 31, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack

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

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.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Jacob

I have had the RE-11A on my car for just over 30,000 miles. It is an amazing well rounded performance tire. I cant remember the last time I have gotten so many miles out of an extreme performance summer tire.
Saturday, August 1, 2015 by Martin

Marshall, if Matt got his RE-11's from Tire Rack wouldn't his bulging issue be covered by the road hazard warranty if not the manufacturer's?

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