Bridgestone Potenza Sport

The Bridgestone Potenza Sport is the latest ultra high performance summer tyre by Bridgestone. It has been developed to offer the best cornering and straight line stability, best dry braking, and outstanding grip in the wet of any Bridgestone UHP tyre. The Potenza Sport will be available in 96 sizes from 17" to 22" to cover a wide range of passenger cars and on-road SUVs in the market.

This tyre replaced the Bridgestone Potenza S001.

Dry Grip 94%
Wet Grip 88%
Road Feedback 91%
Handling 92%
Wear 64%
Comfort 74%
Buy again 79%

Tyre review data from 79 tyre reviews averaging 83% over 333,553 miles driven.

The Potenza Sport is ranked 22nd of 73 Summer Max Performance tyres.

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Latest Tyre Test Results

2023 Tyre Reviews Performance Tyre Test - 5th of 6 tyres

  • Positive - The Bridgestone Potenza Sport showed significant grip in wet conditions and a sporty feel, achieving the fastest lap time among the group, and had excellent wet braking when new and worn and produced a low amount of rubber particulate matter making it an environmental choice.
  • Negative - The Bridgestone dropped more than some competitors in the cooler wet braking test, and despite its impressive performance on the track, the Bridgestone displayed considerable wear after just three laps on a demanding circuit, indicating potential longevity issues when used on circuits. The Potenza Sport also had a high rolling resistance and struggled in the deeper water of the aquaplaning tests. the Bridgestone also proved to be the worst value on test, costing over 30% more per KM driven than the best in the test.
  • Overall - The Potenza Sport is an impressive sports tyre with excellent grip in the wet and dry. The tyre certainly does better when it's warm, which could be an issue for cooler wet running on the road, and it has high rolling resistance, but as a sports tyre for the road, its steering feel and speed is excellent. It is a costly tyre to run, but the tradeoff in driving enjoyment will be worth it for many driving enthusiasts.

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2023 Sport Auto UHP Tyre Test - 6th of 11 tyres

  • Positive - Razor-sharp wet handling with high cornering. Safe, active handling on dry roads.
  • Negative - Longer braking distances at low temperatures and slightly rear-biased in the wet. Weak dry braking, highest rolling resistance in the test.
  • Overall - When the Bridgestone Potenza Sport is warm, it has very good grip in all directions.
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2023 AZ UHP Summer Tyre Test - 1st of 10 tyres

  • Overall - Outstanding on wet roads, great performance in the dry - this is how the Bridgestone Potenza Sport brought the test win. Slightly more expensive than the Conti with the same points and worse in terms of rolling resistance.
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Questions and Answers for the Bridgestone Potenza Sport

2021-08-26 - Hi, just put the Bridgestone Potenza sport 225/40-18 and 255/35-18 on my Meredes slk 55 amg, 2006. On saturday (28/8-21) i go for a trackday in Sweden and wondering what tyre pressure this tyre need on track? OEM car recommend is 2,2 and 2,4 bar...

Aim for those pressures when hot, so drop down to 2bar, warm up and then reduce the pressure to match recommendation.

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Size Price Range  
205/45 R17 £98.39 - £128.99 (12 Prices) Compare Prices >>
215/45 R17 £91.59 - £123.16 (6 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/40 R18 £78.99 - £103.54 (10 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 £74.99 - £100.57 (10 Prices) Compare Prices >>
235/40 R18 £103.99 - £135.91 (10 Prices) Compare Prices >>
245/40 R18 £106.29 - £139.73 (9 Prices) Compare Prices >>
255/35 R19 £131.29 - £165.43 (9 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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Top 3 Bridgestone Potenza Sport Reviews

Given 81% while driving a Jaguar XFR (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 2,000 spirited miles
I have had these on the rear of my XFR for a few months now, it has the optional "R-S" size of 295/30/20. They get a hard life on a heavy >500bhp RWD car with quite relaxed electronics, and these are by far the best tyres I have used on the rear of an XFR - various models of which have been my daily driver for 6.5 years now (about 90k miles covered in that time). Traction is superb in wet and dry conditions, and resistance to aquaplaning has been good as well. It is slightly concerning they come with
Helpful 597 - tyre reviewed on November 22, 2021
Given 98% while driving a Kia Motors XCEED, 1.4 T GDI, MT, 2020 (235/35 R20) on mostly country roads for 500 spirited miles
I always had my cars on UUHP tires from Michelin, GY, Conti, and Bridgestone over the past 20+ years. This year I opted for Potenza Sport and I really love them. I can see that I made the right choice - the grip is simply relentless and fantastic feedback from the tires. Aquaplaning is also fantastic, considering how much faster I was able to push the car with confidence on autobahn during the pouring rain. Straight tracking is precise and the car is completely responsive to every input. Overall they feel like PZERO PZ4, but on a higher level in each discipline. Awesome tires and I recommend them 100%
Helpful 119 - tyre reviewed on March 19, 2021
Given 59% while driving a Volkswagen Golf GTI MK7 (235/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 2,000 spirited miles
Awesome in the dry, loads of grip and good handling, pretty good in the wet too though don't like cold english mornings. DO NOT RUN THEM ON TRACK. They melt. I ruined the right front in about 15 laps. Ergo I won't be buying again. Normally tyres last me a few trackdays.
Helpful 96 - tyre reviewed on July 15, 2021
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Given 53% while driving a BMW 120d M sport (235/40 R18) on mostly motorways for 20,000 average miles
The tires have less tread on them than most competitors from new. They felt quite good from new, need some heat into them to perform, and they did perform quite well on track. However, after the first Nurburgring laps the tires looked in terrible shape, especially the fronts (F20 could use more neg. camber on the front). Friends with different but similar class FWD cars, but with Michelin PS4(S) looked much better after the same number of laps.

DOT code 06 22, just over a year later the rear tires are already worn. The fronts look in terrible shape and are close to end of life as well. May 2022, 3 Nurburgring laps, one of which in the wet and the tread looked terrible after 2 laps. Parts of it were melted and chunks had fallen off. Oktober 2022 2 wet Nurburgring laps, April 2023 2 more (wet then dry) Nurburgring laps and 2* 15 minute sessions on Zandvoort in May 2023. Around 32.000km driven in total. The Nurburgring laps were never consequent laps and the tire pressure was lowered to around 2 bar prior to the lap.

Fuel consumption is not great either. I went from 225 -> 235 on the front and 245 -> 255 on the rear. On a 90km run to uni I used to easily get 4-4.5L/100km with Goodyear Eagle F1 asymmetric 2 (runflat), with the Bridgestone it was difficult to get 5L/100km.

Car: 2017 BMW 120D M-sport (lowered)
Front: 235/40R18
Rear: 255/35R18
Use: Economical highway driving. Occasional spirited driving. Total 6 Nordschleife laps and 30 minutes Zandvoort sessions
Helpful 1 - tyre reviewed on June 1, 2023
Given 79% while driving a Aston Martin V8 Vantage 4.3 (275/35 R19) on mostly motorways for 13,000 average miles
Very happy with them, 6 months and 13k Km after I put a full set of these (235/40/19 fronts and 275/35/19 rears) on my Aston Martin V8 Vantage (2007), approximately consumed half of their life, most of those kilometers has been done on highways, little in the city, some country and hill roads plus some laps at Nürburgring, I can tell it's an outstanding tire, their performance is near close to semi-slick levels, they works extremely well on dry roads and don't need to be careful about warming them unless you live in a very cold climate, very well on wet roads which is not common for this kind of sport compound, they feels very sporty on every day use, steering feel is gorgeous, as downside it's a soft compound in their segment so expect to not be the best mileager tire and above average noise, I don't recommend them to use on daily "normal" cars, they are not terrible in this job but I think they are better intended for fun/sports cars.
Helpful 0 - tyre reviewed on May 31, 2023
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Given 72% while driving a Opel Astra J 1.4 turbo (235/50 R18) on mostly country roads for 20,000 average miles
Very good tyre. Almost like potenza s001..
Helpful 1 - tyre reviewed on May 19, 2023
Given 81% while driving a SEAT Ibiza Cupra 20VT (215/40 R17) on mostly country roads for 15,000 spirited miles
This is an end of life review.

The Bridgestone Potenza Sport is an excellent sporty tire. It has good grip in the dry and resists the hot 35C summers here in Greece well. They are neutral at the limit, allowing me to control the rotation of the car with the accelerator if needed. Steering feedback is above average (though my Ibiza with its electrohydraulic rack is not the most communicative platform. Braking distance is excellent both on dry and wet surfaces. Wet grip is decent for the low tread the tires come from the factory, and handling balance there has a tiny hint of oversteer, but its so little that even the ESP doesn't activate.

Comfort and noise take a step back, but I don't really care about such trivial things. Tire life is also shorter compared to the PS4, but the upsides make up for it. Lastly, the price is very reasonable at around 420€/set. I'll fit them again next month when it's time to change tires.
Helpful 3 - tyre reviewed on May 2, 2023
Given 91% while driving a BMW M240i (245/35 R18) on a combination of roads for 500 spirited miles
This tyre is amazing on the front axle. Grip for days, feedback is great. Fast warmup and doesn't overheat fast on a long track. Went to the Nürburgring and i'm amazed. After seeing the test, everyone concluded that this tyre isn't suitable for hard abuse. Let me tell you if your car is setup right. After doing many laps on the ring, tyre wear is normal. 245/35/18 is a difficult size. 100% buy again. For daily driving it's excellent. Wet grip is excellent. Couldn't wish any better. Wish they brought out the Potenza Race in this size
Helpful 0 - tyre reviewed on April 13, 2023
Given 84% while driving a Skoda (255/35 R19) on a combination of roads for 0 spirited miles
Nice tire, perform pretty same as GY Asymmetric 5 (my old), a little bit more precise driving. Very high level of noice almost same as 3 season used GY. Buying again - maybe...
Helpful 0 - tyre reviewed on April 4, 2023
Given 74% while driving a Honda Civic Type R (225/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 20 spirited miles
On wet road this tyre is brilliant. Very good on braking and handling. On the dry condition is very good also but my opinion the previous S001 was far better. The wear is high for potenza series also. I had 20.000 kilometres and the wear is obvious on the outer thead of the tyre. I drive most cornering roads and i want to get maximum performance. The tyre is comfortable for bridgestone potenza series. Also a compare with old s001 the Race are more comfortable.
If to buy again. hmm, i don't know yet. i need more kilometres but in general i expected something better from new Potenza's
Helpful 4 - tyre reviewed on March 7, 2023
Given 91% while driving a BMW Z4 30i (255/35 R18) on mostly country roads for 4,000 spirited miles
Excellent tyre both in the dry and in the wet. I have it on my weekend fun car which I mainly drive hard on highways and twisty mountain roads. Comfort is not great, nor is the wear, but oh my the grip is excellent! Once they get some temperature in them they grip and grip and grip. Steering is sharp, braking is great and again lots of grip on the rears. Had some highway trips in pouring rain - no problems at all. They felt secure on higher speeds and when braking. Price wise they were cheaper than anything in their class and for spirited driving I think they are the best choice, hence you don't think of the wear factor of course. I believe they will last me 2 summers, but if available and if nothing better comes up - definitely will buy them again.
Helpful 1 - tyre reviewed on February 28, 2023
Given 100% while driving a Mitsubishi Lancer 1.8 (Modified) (225/45 R18) on mostly town for 500 spirited miles
A Spartan review => Excellent grip both dry and wet ! Excellent on corners ! Excellent on brakes also ! Doesnt care about wear just need the performance and they did perfect ! Replace my old Yokohama advan neova AD08R, also excellent tires ! Strongly recommend this Potenza Sport tire !
Helpful 4 - tyre reviewed on January 24, 2023
Given 80% while driving a Jaguar Jaguar XE (255/35 R19) on mostly country roads for 7,000 spirited miles
Great sports tyres. Mounted on jaguar xe awd in the sizes: Front 225/40 r19y; Rear 255/35 r19y. Hard shoulders, therefore uncomfortable for tour guides, but steering as sharp as a blade. Slightly noisy. Seal of 10 and praise on dry and wet. Wear: I don't think I do more than 20/25 thousand km. Driving style: sporty. Recommended for driving pleasure and sporty driving, for touring speeds choose other tyres.
Helpful 4 - tyre reviewed on December 16, 2022
Given 59% while driving a BMW 330CD (255/35 R18) on mostly country roads for 4,000 easy going miles
Purchased these tyres instead of Bridgestone potenza S001 never again these have been the worst tyres I have ever bought in 25 years only lasted 4000 miles not even a year with normal driving conditions as a family car !! Avoid unless you have money to waste its put me off buying anymore tyres from Bridgestone
Helpful 8 - tyre reviewed on November 9, 2022
Given 90% while driving a Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0, 200hp RWD (225/40 R19) on mostly motorways for 6,000 spirited miles
225/40R18 & 255/35R19 Dry : very good with precise steering but when driving hard they seem to wear prety quick. Wet : very good once warmed, i was surprised when i had to do an emergency braking on a cold rainy morning but nothing dangerous. Wear : I drove them for 10'000km, 5.5mm in the front and 5mm in the rear after that.
Helpful 9 - tyre reviewed on October 26, 2022