Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS Review & Comparison 2024

Last updated on April 5th, 2024 at 01:00 pm


Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS

Potenza RE-71RS

Summer Tire
Enjoy track rides, and street rides with this Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS extreme performance tire. The tire is developed to deliver a sporty ride to sports cars in summer seasons so the drivers can be satisfied whether driving on everyday streets or fast tracks.

Dry Traction & Grip
Wet Traction & Grip
On-Road Performance
Track Performance
Comfort & Noise
Handling & Road Feedback

Quick highlights

Tire type Extreme Performance Summer Tire
Price range$182-$414
Run-flat No
Vehicles typeSports Sedans and Coupes
Driving conditionsDry and Wet

The Bridgestone Potenza RE71RS has recently launched and replaced its predecessor, the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71-R. The previous model of this tire was great and achieved so much in the past, it used to be considered one of the best extreme-performance tires for summer tracks and streets. That is why, this new tire since its launch has taken over the market in sales. 

The Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS is a perfect tire to drive on streets, it delivers a smooth and stable ride, due to even contact, and optimized contract area, which wears uniformly. With that, the handling response on the slow streets and fast tracks is very predictable and a joy to ride. On summer tracks the tire performs further better, the tire grips very well at a fast pace on tracks, and on turns, the cornering grip is exceptional, it delivers safe rides. With the help of quick brakes and acceleration, the tire is great for winning races on tracks and streets as well. 

As it is a summer tire, it is not good to drive on winter and snow terrains. With that being said, the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS is not only great in dry road conditions, but it is also perfect in wet conditions as well. The tread rib design and grooves are the critical deciders in its wet terrain rides. The tire grips well and provides a confident handling response and safe rides on wet street conditions and wet tracks.


  • Proper tread grip on wet and dry conditions on both slow streets and fast tracks
  • Quick brakes and acceleration for a safe and smooth ride in the summer season
  • Comfortable and quiet ride for everyday drivers
  • Continuous road feedback with proper handling response due to the contact area of the tire
  • Hydroplaning resistance and proper rides in wet conditions and in rainy situations


  • No treadwear warranty and low tread life
  • It is an expensive tire and not driveable in cold conditions.

Tread design and improvements

The predecessor of this tire featured a symmetrical tread pattern, which was not great on the street smooth ride and track-aggressive rides. That is why Bridgestone has introduced the asymmetrical tread pattern in this tire which features a developed high grip compound that not only improves track performance but also reduces the chance of uneven wear. 

Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS tread design has an optimized contact area to deliver even wear while avoiding acute heat generation areas and improving the stability of fast cornering. With that, the outboard low-angle grooves and circumferential grooves improve grip and cornering while reducing hydroplaning in wet conditions. The center ribs and circumferential ribs are designed to deliver traction and grip with the steering response that every sports-oriented driver requires. 

Durability and road life

Every summer tire has low treadwear life, due to the heat and hot conditions of the terrain. Summer tires that are not sporty or non-driveable on tracks have much higher treadwear life compared to track and street tires. That is why drivers who want comfort and not looking for spirited rides go with touring summer tires which also have higher treadwear durability. 

Unlike that, this Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS is less durable and also driveable in both track and street conditions. The tire has a low treadwear rating and no treadwear warranty, which is why people hesitate to buy this tire. The tire can cover between 15-20K miles depending on the driving conditions and frequency on tracks and streets. The tire provides more durability when driven on streets compared to all track rides. 

Specifications & Features

Speed ratingV-W(149-168)MPH
Load Index84(1102 lbs) – 103(1929 lbs)
Origin ofJapan
Wheel diameter15-20”
Ply rating4 ply rated
Treadwear, Traction, Temperature200, A, A
Noise ReductionNo

The max speed variant of this tire is not Y, which some drivers might not prefer, because some non-track tires nowadays come at this speed range. Because there are very few chances to reach this pace on the street or even on tracks. Other than that, the tire has good UTQG ratings, considering it is a summer performance tire. 

Performance of Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS

Dry Conditions Performance

The tire is great in dry conditions, however, when it gets too hot it loses traction, like when you continuously take 25-30 rounds of tracks at a fast pace. Otherwise, it is perfect for dry and hot conditions. The tire grips properly allow traction and reduce instability in the street and track dry conditions. The contact area is great for this tire, preventing heat generation areas from performing continuously on dry summer roads. 

Wet Conditions Performance

The performance in wet conditions is just as good as on dry road roads. The tire grips and provides traction in rain and standing water. The extremely fast pace is not recommended for water because it’s a non-sipe tire, which can lose grip sometimes. Other than that, the grooves and shoulder design are the reason why this tire achieve great performance in wet conditions.

Track & Street Performance

On normal streets, at a normal pace, the driver can achieve a comfortable and quiet ride even on highways as well. This Bridgestone tire is a dynamic tire to drive on both streets and tracks, and it performs depending on the requirements of the tracks. On fast tracks, the tire provides a stable ride, proper traction, and grip with responsive brakes, cornering, and handling, which is why the track drivers really appreciate this tire. 

Road Feedback & Steering Response

Both of these things are very important to achieve spirited track rides, and this Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS is great in both of these things. The steering response is perfect on dry and wet conditions on tracks, with and the unparalleled steering provides complete road feedback, so you know what going on with your tires. This is why it is a safe tire to drive on streets and tracks as well. 

Comparison with Hankook Ventus R-S4

The Hankook Ventus R-S4 is an extreme-performance summer tire just like Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS. Even though Hankook’s summer tire is quite older than Brigdesotne’s tire, it is still a more durable tire to ride. The Hankook tire is quite cheap compared to the Bridgestone tire. The difference is around $40-$50 on each tire.

However when it comes to performance and comfort, the Bridgestone tire is better as the price suggests, it is better in dry conditions and wet conditions as well. The track’s performance ride of Bridgestone is better as well. So choose the tire based on your preferences and conditions, both of these tires are great in their area. 

When Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS Is Not Prefered

Summer tires of any brand or model are not preferred on cold and winter terrains. Other than that, if you are looking to drive only on tracks and very rarely on streets, and you want the most aggressive and spirited rides on fast routes, then rather than buying this tire you should go with a Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R or Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3. Both of these tires are street/track performance tires, which have less durable tread, however, the performance on tracks is not matchable. 

Just like that, if you often drive on tracks or not at all, then UHP summer tires will be a better category from which to choose a tire. This tire category will be more durable, deliver more comfortable rides, and have low steering response and road feedback. If these things are not something you understand, then going with this category or the touring tire category will be a good option. 

Final words

The Bridgestone Potenza RE-71RS is an extreme-performance summer tire for sporty track rides and smooth street rides. The tire is great to drive in both of these conditions and satisfies the driver of sports sedans and coupes in both of these situations. Responsive steering, road feedback, and cornering are things that satisfy the track drivers, and comfort, proper traction, and low rolling resistance are things that are appreciated by street and highway drivers. So, choose these tires if they match your conditions and preferences for this 2024 summer season.

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