Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS

Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS, presented in 2020, is «the fastest in street radial history», as its Japanese manufacturer claims. It is characterized not only by a high level of traction and precise handling feedback but also by a long expected mileage. The tire is designed to be used on both race tracks and public roads.

The Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS model inherited its «sporty» habits from its predecessor, Potenza RE-71R. It is noted that «R» in the model name stands for «racing», while «S» can be interpreted either as «sport» or «second». If we are to compare the two tires, RE-71RS definitely prevails, because it provides a better grip and has higher resistance to wear.

For example, according to the tests performed by the manufacturer, the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71 RS in size 265/35 R18 97W XL showed the best lap time on the Tsukuba racing circuit. The tire’s breakaway on the fastest lap was 2%, while the average overtake did not exceed 1.1%.

Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS - Dry surface (results)
Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS - Dry surface (results)

In the treadwear test (the test distance being 8000 km), the Potenza RE-71 RS tires in size 215/45 R17 91W XL surpassed Potenza RE-71R by 5%. The Bridgestone Company attributes all of these improvements to the optimization of the asymmetric tread design and the form of the contact patch with the help of the patented technology UltimatEYE.

Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS - Treadwear test
Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS - Treadwear test

The rubber compound of Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS, which was developed based on the company’s experience in taking part in motor racing, includes polymers that help to maximize the traction.

In 2020, the Bridgestone Potenza line was also augmented with the Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE004 model.