Bridgestone Potenza Sport review
If you are looking for a great tyre to drive in wet and dry, look no further. Bridgestone finally has a tyre that can compete in this sector
A clean sweep of braking and handling in both wet and dry is the foundation for the success of the new-for-2021 Potenza Sport. Perhaps it should be no surprise because the tyre seems to straddle the Ultra High Performance/Ultra Ultra High Performance categories, appearing in tests for both sectors since its launch –and the alternative Turanza T005 would likely have struggled in this company based on previous experience.
While the advantage was clear, the margins were small. Behind the wheel, it felt direct and secure in the wet. The rear faithfully followed the front despite impressive grip through turns, and the braking advantage could also be detected, slowing in to a hairpin at the end of a long straight without triggering the anti-lock system. That sporty feeling was carried over to the dry circuit, where the Potenza required less steering lock than most and drop-off was minimal as the tyre got hot.
After struggling in this sector, Bridgestone finally has a tyre to beat the best. However, the Sport was less effective in the aquaplaning tests, where it gave best to the Goodyear. The Asymmetric also had the upper hand in rolling resistance, and by a fairly significant margin.
"This Bridgestone regularly receives high ratings, with an overall score of 4.8/5 from customers. Reviews praise the overall performance, focusing on grip and balance in dry conditions."
Bridgestone Potenza Sport
In this review
- 1IntroductionAfter two years of Covid-affected testing, our programme is back on track for this year’s tyre test
- 2Bridgestone Potenza Sport - currently readingIf you are looking for a great tyre to drive in wet and dry, look no further. Bridgestone finally has a tyre that can compete in this sector
- 3Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6An impressive debut, with good performance in all conditions and near-best fuel economy helping to offset high prices at the pump
- 4Maxxis Victra Sport 5 VS5Maxxis has definitely found something with the Victra Sport 5, which delivered a good all-round performance matching higher-profile brands
- 5Hankook Ventus S1 evo3Former test winner is still a top performer and the one to have if you’re after a quiet ride and value good wet-braking performance
- 6Falken Azenis FK520A promising newcomer from Falken in deep water, but other aspects of wet grip need work if it’s to challenge the top performers
- 7Pirelli Cinturato P7We’ve said it before and will again: Pirelli needs to look again at the P7 because it is currently no match for its premium rivals in this sector
- 8Austone Athena SP 7Athena is the Greek goddess of practical reason, which dictates this tyre should be avoided regardless of the tempting price
- 9Tyre test 2022: results by categoryIn-depth look at the scoring charts for our 2022 tyre test