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.

Tyre Reviews

Dry Grip 83%
Wet Grip 80%
Road Feedback 87%
Handling 77%
Wear 63%
Comfort 60%
Buy again 63%
Snow Grip 35%
Ice Grip 30%

Tyre review data from 3 tyre reviews averaging 64% over 50,000 miles driven.

The Potenza RE980AS is ranked 16th of 18 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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    Latest Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS Reviews

    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 2 - tyre reviewed on October 3, 2021
    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 23 - tyre reviewed on January 23, 2021
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