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 93%
Wet Grip 88%
Road Feedback 90%
Handling 92%
Wear 64%
Comfort 74%
Buy again 79%

Tyre review data from 84 tyre reviews averaging 83% over 373,569 miles driven.

The Potenza Sport is ranked 21st of 74 Summer Max Performance tyres.

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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 ACE / Gute Fahrt UHP Summer Tyre Test - 3rd of 7 tyres

  • Overall - Very good in the dry and wet grip tests however could improve aquaplaning, comfort and rolling resistance.

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2023 The Best Electric Vehicle Tyres VS UHP Tyres - 5th of 10 tyres

  • Positive - Outstanding cornering grip on wet and dry roads, combined with very precise handling characteristics - a very sporty tyre.
  • Negative - Long braking distances in the wet, sensitive to temperature. Increased rolling resistance and louder pass-by noise, somewhat rumbling in the cabin.
  • Overall - The Potenza Sport is the sportiest tyre in the field - the tyre to buy when efficiency isn't a priority.
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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.

2023-09-05 - Just checked my tyre’s because l need to new fronts, on the back l have a Bridgestone sport on one side and a S005 on the other is this a problem?

The industry recommended matching tyres across axles, so I do not recommend mixing a potenza sport and s005 on the same axle.

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Size Price Range  
205/45 R17 £110.15 - £128.99 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
215/45 R17 £110.93 - £120.71 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/40 R18 £88.00 - £102.91 (5 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 £84.84 - £100.26 (5 Prices) Compare Prices >>
235/40 R18 £113.46 - £133.99 (5 Prices) Compare Prices >>
245/40 R18 £118.81 - £139.13 (5 Prices) Compare Prices >>
255/35 R19 £142.50 - £164.81 (4 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 791 - 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 124 - 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 103 - tyre reviewed on July 15, 2021
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Given 93% while driving a Audi 1.8T Quattro (255/35 R19) on mostly country roads for 5,000 spirited miles
After 2 sets of s001 runflat and s001 normal, I was undecided whether to choose Power Sport, Sport Contact 7 or F1 Super Sport. I wanted to put my trust in Bridgestone again because its tires have never let me down in difficult situations and the hard sidewall has always protected the rims from potholes and impacts. As soon as I mounted the Potenza Sport I tested them very, very much to the limit, almost like on the track. I confirm that they have a tendency to tear and crumble, but only if you overdo it by making them skate on very grainy asphalt. Driving hard, really hard but without skidding, the consumption remains excellent in relation to the performance which compared to the S001 is incredible. The leap forward in grip and steering speed is unbelievable. On dry surfaces they feel like sticky wheels at any speed up to the limit which is progressive. In the wet they are like the previous generation in the dry, unbelievable. Third factor, the steering speed and stability are unrivaled. Riding them made me overcome my curiosity about what the f1ss and sc7 could be like. Having a spirited driving style I love the Bridgestone Potenza Sport, I would never choose the Michelin PS4S, they have softer sidewall's and slower steering, they are made for mass, for the sporty driver but with little steering sensitivity, sensitivity that compensates them with excessive progressiveness in reactions. Power sports, on the other hand, are made for those who drive with maximum sensitivity throughout the body, using minimal steering wheel movements, more direct and precise, giving you fantastic sensations.
Helpful 5 - tyre reviewed on October 27, 2023
Given 83% while driving a Fiat Abarth 124 Spider (205/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 18,000 spirited miles
Fitted these tyres myself, noticed a hard feeling sidewall straight away. While mounting to wheels.

I find there is not a great choice of tyre at this size. I love how Potenza Sport has performed. But would love to be able to try Goodyear Eagle F1 SS, Continental EC2 etc but most of these higher performance sizes are either North America exclusive or 18 inch and above.

I’ve had a look around and considered going to a cup 2 type tyre but live in Scotland and don’t feel it’s worth the flight maybe gain in performance for the lack of in the rain.

I will likely buy Potenza Sport again as I cannot fault them and they are still the best option for my needs in this size. Superb feel, and unbelievable in the rain. Gives unbelievable confidence in bad conditions and for a tyre that handles so well in the dry it’s fantastic.
Helpful 2 - tyre reviewed on October 24, 2023
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Given 81% while driving a Peugeot 207 GT (205/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 16 spirited miles
Very good dry and excellent wet grip and with very predictable behaviour. tread depth is down to 4.5mm from the initial 6.5mm in 16k miles, so wear is not a issue at least in a lightweight hatchback. Coming from pirelli p zero nerogt and Dunlop sportmax sp, the Bridgestones provide higher grip levels and more comfort in exchange for some steering feel. From my experience i would recommend them.
Helpful 3 - tyre reviewed on October 13, 2023
Given 83% while driving a Mazda 3 MPS (225/40 R18) on mostly country roads for 0 spirited miles
Coming from Michelin PS3 following things really impressed me:

- Steering Feel. It is super direct and feels amazing.
- Wet Grip. It's kinda insane I have to admit I was able to push it during rainstorms.
- 1. and 2. Gear pull no wheelspin with 260hp and 380nm. No matter if dry or wet.
- Tyre warms up in 3 min of normal driving

I was able to compare the performance to my friend, who was driving a Ford Focus RS MK2 with Michelin Cup2.
In the dry, cornering speed are the same at the beginning. But as soon, as the Bridgestone get to hot, they loose grip.
In the Rain it goes crazy, without any compromise you can hammer around the corners, as long, as there isn't any deep water.

If you want to use them for track, I recommend it for rainy days. In the dry, it will melt.

On the German Autobahn above 200km/h, I kinda had the feeling the tyres loose a lot of precision, because they get to hot, or can't deal with high speeds for more than 5 min.
It felt like driving balloon winter tyres.
This only happened on hot summer days (30°C).

Comfort is not it's strength. It feels rather harsh and is a bit noisy.

Now, I am able to test Cup2 against it.
Most difference is temperature tolerance, obviously.
Cup 2 are better above 20°C, need lots of heat to work. If it's under 20°C, it has less grip, in the cold wet it's really low.

They are surprisingly comfortable and quiet compared to the Potenza Sport.

Potenza have better wear on the streets, TW300.
Cup2 better wear on track, TW180.
Helpful 7 - tyre reviewed on August 15, 2023
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 5 - 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 6 - tyre reviewed on May 31, 2023
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 5 - 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 9 - 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 4 - 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 4 - 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 10 - 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 7 - tyre reviewed on February 28, 2023