Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS

The Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS is a Ultra High Performance All Season tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tyre replaced the Bridgestone RE970AS Pole Position and this tyre has been replaced by the Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS Plus.

Dry Grip 85%
Wet Grip 73%
Road Feedback 80%
Handling 65%
Wear 63%
Comfort 53%
Buy again 56%
Snow Grip 38%
Ice Grip 35%

Tyre review data from 6 tyre reviews averaging 61% over 132,029 miles driven.

The Potenza RE980AS is ranked 22nd of 24 All Season Ultra High Performance tyres.

Latest Tyre Test Results

2020 Tyre Reviews UHP All Season Tyre Test - 3rd of 7 tyres

  • Positive - Excellent performance in the dry and wet, quick feeling sporty steering.
  • Negative - Low levels of comfort, high levels of noise, lacked steering detail at the very limit, expensive.
  • Overall - The Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS is a dynamic feeling ultra high performance all season tyre with excellent grip in the dry and wet, that just lacks a little detail at the limit of grip.

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2020 Tyre Tests

  • 3rd: 2020 Tyre Reviews UHP All Season Tyre Test (245/40 R18)
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    Top 3 Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS Reviews

    Given 81% while driving a BMW 325i (245/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 20,000 spirited miles
    The RE 988 is a really great tire, matches the BMW perfectly and feels nice and sporty for an all season tire :)
    Helpful 37 - tyre reviewed on January 23, 2021
    Given 43% while driving a Audi S4 (255/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 20,000 spirited miles
    I had the Bridgestones for about 20k miles before they were worn to the way to the legal limit. The initial turn-in was great on dry surfaces for the life of the tire. Felt really planted. As far as the wet, it started great but by about 30% life they got really sketchy. And as far as snow and ice, I would suggest not even trying it. These are as bad as full summer tires in the snow, from my experience. Not that it means much for cornering and braking, but I have quattro AWD and a lot of snow driving experience. So I didn't have issues getting stuck, but if I didn't have that technology it definitely would have. As far as comfort, they are awfully uncomfortable. They feel like squares before they're warm so the car shakes like you're out of alignment for about the first 3mi/5km on days that are not already quite warm. You feel everything on the road even when they're warm. So good for track driving, but not good for a daily driver if though they're labeled as all seasons. At the time of writing this I've recently installed on Michelin A/S 4, and the difference in comfort is quite large. The Michelin is much more comfortable and feels like you're actually driving on rubber, the Bridgestones feel like driving on bricks. Which means the Bridgestones also have much more feedback to what's happening on the road. As far as the noise, they are quite loud. Only got worse over time. Overall, I would not recommend these tires, personally. From my experience they were not suitable for daily driving, and wouldn't be as good as a dedicated summer tire even in the areas the Bridgestones excelled in.
    Helpful 16 - tyre reviewed on October 3, 2021
    Given 75% while driving a Honda Civic 1.5T (235/40 R18) on mostly motorways for 62,000 easy going miles
    Well past the 50K warranty and still going but it's about time to replace. They are 90% highway at a very easy going speed to get great MPG's. With consistent rotation/balance as well as alignments these tires have been great. Much better than the stock conti's. Much more quieter on the highway in the beginning. Around 20% tread they have become more noisy.
    Helpful 9 - tyre reviewed on January 6, 2023
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    Given 74% while driving a Toyota 2006 Avalon (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 20,000 average miles
    This tire is priced right and is a top contender in the premium class of high performance tires. Great on mileage , tire really grips well when warm . I rotate every 3,000 to ensure same tread depths and longevity of the life of the tire. Only small discomfort was the ride quality, which had to do with the plus of the sidewall which Michelin will hold the title in all the tire categories due to the softness of their sidewalls , which in my personal piece of mind preference, I would sacrifice a little discomfort for piece of mind knowing that my side walls are thicker, stronger layers of plies and can with stand a pothole of two without damaging sidewall (non-repairable) condition . Overall best tire to get performance without sacrificing safety or day in and day out abuse of our local roads and highways throughput the state of California.
    Helpful 3 - tyre reviewed on March 21, 2023
    Given 40% while driving a Kia Motors (225/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 29 average miles
    I would NOT recommend these tires, and will not be purchasing them again. Long story short, 3 of my stock OEM tires on my sport hatch blew out at once while hitting the mother of all potholes. They were replaced with some RE980A/S. The good : the tires grip well in the dry and roll well over pristine pavement. On dry corners, they grip laterally without feeling like there is a limit. Turn in might be a little light for my taste, but that could be my car. Early on, they actually did really well on wet cornering and decent with standing water on highways. The bad #1 : the ride quality on these things is atrocious for "all season" tires. I understand they are low profile tires, but there is zero compliance to speak of. Small choppy bumps unsettles the suspension and the car seems to want to bounce around and shake. Large potholes are absolutely terrifying to hit as it sounds like the rim is hitting the pavement followed by the suspension slamming into the strut tower. The bad #2 - Forget using these as an "all season" tire, as you should consider these summer tires. Driving in anything other than a light power is downright scary. Acceleration is very slow as they struggle for grip and spin up even while short shifting. Sliding as you come to a stop is common. I got stuck in the middle of a plowed intersection last year and had to be pushed out. Plus as they have aged, the hydroplaning has gotten slightly worse on the highway. The bad #3 : I'm not even at 30,000 miles on them and they already need replaced. The tread is already worn down even with the wear bars and the shoulders are pretty shagged. The lone OEM tire that was left has 54,000 miles on it and is only marginally worse off than the 3 RE980AS, and it is 24,000 miles older. In the end, very disappointed in these.
    Helpful 4 - tyre reviewed on November 18, 2022
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