- Terrific steering response
- Solid traction dry and wet weather
- Good tread life
- Pleasant ride
- Poor traction on ice and snow
Are you shopping for tires? Do you drive a luxury coupe, touring sedan or sporty crossover vehicle?
Well then you must take a look at Bridgestone’s grand touring all season tire, the Potenza RE97AS. The Potenzas primary focus is sport and performance. It balances all season traction with powerful handling, precise cornering and short braking distances.
The Potenza is also stamped with Bridgestone’s Eco-product badging, which means the tires are constructed using environmentally friendly materials and have a lower rolling resistance and lower weight to improve fuel efficiency.
The Potenza RE97AS is capable of aggressive cornering with responsive acceleration and braking and very good steering response.
These tires grip very well in dry conditions.The Potenza RE97AS features a high silica content compound that’s molded into a symmetric tread design to blend a long lasting tread life with all season grip.
To improve cornering performance Bridgestone have stiffened the shoulder blocks. And to enhance stability the tire’s internal structure includes twin steel belts reinforced by spirally wrapped nylon.
The Potenza RE97AS handles very well in wet weather thanks to four circumferential that clear water away from the tread area and reduce the risk of hydroplaning. And the high silica content in the tire’s tread also helps to increase grip in wet conditions.
But if you’re looking for extreme winter weather performance, you should look elsewhere. Unfortunately, the Potenza RE97AS does an inadequate job of holding to the road on snow covered and icy surfaces. They just don’t deliver enough snow performance for confident year-round use.
The Bridgestone Potenza RE97AS delivers excellent stability at all speeds with dependable traction, handling and braking performance in both dry and wet conditions. You can expect to enjoy a very nice ride with low road noise, an enhanced steering feel and a pleasantly long tread life.
But average capability in dry and wet conditions and a lack of all season performance means there are better options out there for your vehicle, like the Bridgestone Driveguard, Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus or the Michelin Premier A/S.
Bridgestone back the Potenza RE97AS with a 55,000 mile tread warranty and sizes available ranging from 16 to 20 inches, with a speed rating of V or W depending on size.
Prices start at $109 and up and Bridgestone offer a 30 day buy and try guarantee and a materials and workmanship guarantee for 5 years that includes free replacement during the first 3 years.
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