Bridgestone Potenza RE050A review
What is it?
The Bridgestone Potenza RE050A is a max performance summer tire designed for sports cars, and performance-oriented coupes and sedans.
The Potenza RE050A has been around for some years now. As compared to high quality performance tire competition, does the Potenza RE050A still offer compelling performance and value?
Strengths and weaknesses?
The Potenza RE050A offers average dry road performance for the max performance summer category, but is now objectively behind current leaders in terms of handling characteristics, grip, and traction.
Wet road condition performance is just adequate, while ride quality is low, and road noise is high.
Treadlife is particularly lacking.
How does the Potenza RE050A compare?
Within the lower rung of max performance summer tire category per user feedback. The Potenza RE050A lacks standout qualities, and rates below average in multiple evaluative metrics. We would strongly recommend that you consider alternatives to the Potenza RE050A (see below).
Anything else to know?
Our position is that the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A is simply no longer a compelling buy. In the decade plus since its introduction, max performance summer tire technology has advanced leaps and bounds. Factor in a price that meets and exceeds many current category leaders, and the Potenza RE050A cannot be justified. Why pay a hefty sum for previous generation tire technology and less performance, less treadlife, less... everything?
If you're looking to Bridgestone for a max performance summer tire, then have a look at the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position. Also consider the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Continental ExtremeContact DW. You can't go wrong with any of these three options. The same cannot be said for the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A.
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