Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

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Vehicle: 2005 MINI Cooper S
Miles Driven on Tires: 300
Location: Portland, OR
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position
Follow-Up Review: 1,200 miles on tires
March 11, 2013
So, it's been around ~1,200 miles so far. Honestly, since coming from the Conti DW summer tire, I'm pretty disappointed. I knew I was making a compromise,the ride quality is better for sure and I imagine treadwear will be better, but calling this a ultra high performance all season tire seems a bit of a stretch. I've got a couple extra psi in each tire, around 40, and the tires understeer more than I'd expected. <br><br>Sure, I expected some softness due to the AS rating, but I didn't expect this. Other notes, are that my MINI is not stock, I have some decent performance mods done to the car, and these can't even keep traction from a spirited takeoff from a stop. They just don't seem to have any decent amount of grip.<br><br>Since I don't drive the car much, I might actually consider going back to the DW or something similar and look at a dedicated set of winter tires or chains or something for the winter.
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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