Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

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Vehicle: 2011 BMW 335d Sedan
Miles Driven on Tires: 10,000
Location: Middletown, NJ
Driving Condition: Mostly Highway
Driving Style: Spirited
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position
Follow-Up Review: 23,000 miles on tires
February 12, 2013
Still delighted with these tyres! However, they are poor at best in snow - rear wheel drive is a challenge for any tyre in slippery conditions, but these really are pretty poor - though not as bad as my E46 M3 with S03's on. I would buy these again over summer rubber because they maintain traction in the cold (below 45oF) way, way better than summer tyres and the tread wear is much better and I really can't tell the difference in warm weather grip in the dry or wet with these compared to premium summer Tyres I've had - Michelin Pilot Sports, Continental Sport Contacts, Bridgestone S03's and a Dunlop something (though they were great on the e39 M5). However, the new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3's are coming out and are supposed to be incredible - that said though, the price premium for Michelins has never been worth it IMHO - I was very disappointed in the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2's on the e39 M5 and replaced them with Dunlops which performed much better - especially in cool conditions. If you absolutely have to have good snow performance, then you really should go snow tyres, if you have to have adequate snow performance for the occasional snow fall like we get here in NJ, then these are not the best perhaps, but for everything else they are so good at, and the speed at which the roads are cleared I can live with the poor snow performance and love them for everything else they truly excel at!
Initial Review: 10,000 miles on tires
September 27, 2012

What a difference over the OEM Conti's! The runflats have come a long way, but the comfort difference is no longer (to me) worth the price of a new set of tires. That being said, the 335d has prodigious and intoxicating torque (this ain't your granddaddy's diesel) and from day one with the OEM Conti's that torque could tear the wheels loose in the first 3 and sometimes 4 forward gears causing the traction control to kick in, to the point that I wished I had got the 18's with summer rubber. These tyres fixed that problem. I have been the proud owner of an M3 and M5, but this diesel without a doubt, is the best car I've ever owned now that she's wearing the right shoes!

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