Great performance and durability but expensive
These tyres were fitted as original equipment on my 2012 VE Calais Sportwagon V8. Great performance. Ride, handling and traction good in all weather conditions. Low noise level. Lasted 55,000km. Very expensive so replaced with the cheaper Bridgestone Potenza RE003 tyres.
Purchased in June 2012.
Performance yes everyday use no
Got these on my stock standard bmw 120i makes minimal noise and very grippy. Not that great in rain and mileage isn’t as great as my Kumhos, if you are looking for performance these are great but for A to B driving maybe something with more tread.
Purchased in March 2020 for A$330.00.
5 Star tyre but high priced makes it 4 stars
These tyres came standard with theFiat 124 Abarth Spider.
What do i think of them after 43,000km and still going? Great high performance tyres for sports Cars. I expect to replace the tyres by the 50k mark.
During my travels of mild to a little more pushing things through the hills and take off find them to be very good for grip in either wet and dry conditions. Nice firm road feed back, yet comfortable enough
As well as good in absorbing bad road surfaces or gravel roads.
My Roadster weights just over a ton
but pushes with first stage mods 15...
Great Tyres for performance Cars
1. Great performance tyre. Grips very well under all conditions (in Australia) straight line or corners, dry or wet. Even when it starts to lose grip you can feel it gradually sliding and easy to control. Stops well.
2. As mentioned by other reviewers the wear is not so good due to the soft compound. Noise is not an issue. If you wish to get more mileage from your tyres and you drive more sedately, then this is not a tyre for you.
3. 19" low profile tyre is expensive compared to other brands. Later in the car life I changed to a 'harder' tyre with slightly lesser grip and 60% of the Bridgestone tyre price.
Good quality tyre for a fast four passenger vehicle
This tyre may not have the tightest traction off the mark, but it handles beautifully in wet weather and around corners. Highway travel is smooth and it is well matched for a 150-200kW performance vehicle. These are modestly durable tyres but they do show some signs of wear after only 5,000km of mostly gentle driving.
30,000km travelled and many more kilometres left
I fitted a set of VF SV6 wheels with Bridgestone RE050A tyres, with delivery kilometres travelled only, onto my VE in May last year. 30,000km later and I am very satisfied with their performance.
I do a lot of driving for my work commute, about 40,000km a year - a lot of it is highway and 100km/h B roads. I neither been let down yet, nor have I encountered or exceeded the limitations of these tyres. I've only noted minor wear to the middle area of one pair so far, and I generally keep them at 40psi.
I project that I will see at least 50,000k...
They work well.
Have them on a Holden Redline V8 in 19 inch and they suit the car. Went from RE050 to Toyo and now back to RE050. They cost more but the rear end holds on much better. They are quite sticky and soft in the rubber compound so don't have a long life but they do stick to the road which is the most important thing for me with a big bore rear wheel drive V8.
Have found these Bridgestone Potenza tyres to be good wearing with a good looking tread pattern. Previous Goodyear tyres seemed to be less satisfactory. Seemed to wear a little unevenly. Will keep buying Bridgestone tyres for the present. Have used Yokohamas and Michelins and found them good also even though they are more expensive.
Good honest tyre
Had Yokohamas on previously, which were quite loud. We drive fairly sedately, so can't give absolute review on wet or dry performance, but seems to be good handling in all areas, much quieter than Yokohamas and beautiful balance and ride on freeway, steering wheel shows no vibration or movement at any speed. Run tyres at 39 psi. Only real criticism, considering the way we drive, 40,000 km seems a bit early to wear out for an reasonably expensive tyre
i currently have these tyres on my 2016 Mazda 3 2.0L sedan.
I like these tyres. I think they grip well in the wet and they look quite stylish. I would have to say though that the only downside I will have to say, is they are somewhat noisy on less than ideal road surfaces (I do a lot of country driving) I have been driving now in my new car for almost a year and the tyres are still in excellent condition, so I am hoping to get at least another year or two out of them. I haven't had to replace them yet, so I will wait to see how long they last. Overall I am satisfied with their performance level.
Pay a little extra
These are great all weather tires. I replaced a cheap set of of Dayton with these and the difference in grip particularly in the wet. No more under-steering or spinning wheel when on an incline of the lights.
Well worth the extra odd $70 per tire.
I have had one flat on them, but it was an obvious puncture.
So far wear seems even, but can't comment on mileage as we don't do huge KM's per year.
Good reliable daily tyre!
I've used these a couple times now as a daily tyre and get quite good life considering how they're driven on. The tyre walls aren't so firm but I can live with this as the ride is good and tyre noise is minimal. wet grip is average but they have really nice control when they do reach their limit, even bald these tyres were controllable in the wet and dry...obviously if you hit a sheet of water when they were bald theyd be horrendous but overall control is really good.
expect about 30-40 000km out of them with hard driving
I've used many tyres over the years, semis, slicks and good road tyres. Although there is better tyres in the class out there, these tyres are a great overall tyre.
Great tyre, not sure how long they will last however and quite expensive
I bought these for my Civic Type R, replacing some midrange Falkens. Bridgestone had a buy 4 for the price of 3 at the time which helped keep the cost reasonable as the OEM tyres are an unusual size which is expensive and $260 each adds up quickly.
The difference was noticeable immediately. When pushing the car through roundabouts and tight corners, it was far more responsive and much easier to quickly change direction under power. The car is firmly planted in the wet and performance wise I cannot fault these tyres. I dont find them to be no...isey, however my car is hardly quiet & plush so I'm not expecting a dead silent ride. After 9,000kms the front tyres are probably approaching half wear with the rears still looking fairly new. In a 160KW Front Wheel Drive car that gets driven hard this type of wear isnt surprising and I expect that rotating them front to back a couple of times will net around 25,000kms max which is a bit less than I had hoped. In short if you have a small sporty car & drive it hard then these arent a bad tyre but to me not worth the premium over the Adrenalin RE003.
Great tyre. Beware of the different versions from parallel imports
Great tyre. Bridgestone Australia import the FZ version of the 245 40 R19 98W XL Bridgestone Potenza tyre. They are Holden Original Equipment (OE). They are stamped with 050AFZ and also the Holden TPC approval code. The FZ version suits Australia's road and driving conditions. If you see any other version of the same tyre e.g. stamped 050AYZ (just under Potenza written on the tyre) you should know it will be completely different to the 050AFZ in construction, handling/performance and will be a parallel import. The advice from Bridgestone Austr...alia and the importer/tyre shop is to only fit at least a pair of the same version of RE050A tyre on the same axle. The YZ tyre I've seen has very small water drain grooves. I would be concerned about driving it in wet weather. Looks like it is a Summer tyre for another country road and driving conditions.
Se Queensland, the tyre is great had altenzo or something cheap on and I thought my front end was getting loose, after I did the product review here and liked the feedback I decided to hunt for prices, so I did what any person would do and rang Bridgestone them selves, good deal going was buy 4 for the price of 3, the price I was given was a staggering $1018 with no wheel alignment, proceeded to ring Bob Jane, buy a full set of Bridgestone and receive $100 of your purchase, now for the kicker, $900 and then $70 for wheel alignment, no one else ...in my area stock them as they say they are to dear The tyre sticks like crap to a blanket, all the trouble of the last set is gone, feels like a new car, haven't tested in the wet yet but have to be safer than the last junk I had You pay for what you get but do your homework
SSV Redline - RE050A Great but Noisy
I have a 2014 SSV Redline ute and these RE050A tyres are excellent in all conditions. Very predictable handing and pretty low wear characteristics. My only complaint would be that the RE050A's are really noisy on coarse bitumen surfaces. Maybe a combination of the firmer SSV Redline suspension (FE3) as this wasn't so much of an issue on the previous SSV (FE2) I had.
Great handling.. but noisy
These were OEM tyres as fitted to my Volkswagen Scirocco R. Done 30,000k's now and they're almost cooked.
Won't be replacing with the same tyres as although they handle well, they are noisy. Tyre roar on all but the smoothest bitumen is just awful and has steadily increased as the tyres have worn down.
Great tyres if not ridiculously priced
Excellent grip in dry and wet conditions.
I've had Potenza RE030s on my other car and their wet grip is like hell but the RE050s are heaps better. They are the OEM tyres on my wife's Subaru, which has been driven as a family car and we've managed to get about 80,000km out of them. It's a shame Bridgestone no longer makes them but we are lucky to get a set for $320 each from Jax at clearance rate.
Now my everyday drive has Michelin Pilot Sport 2 on them I'd opt for the Michelin if they are priced very closely. Mihelins PS2 are more comfortable and quiter.
Excellent grip in both dry and wet
Everything about these tyres are great. Grip stability and overall driving feel is great. They do cost a premium but that is to be expected i guess. You get what you pay for and that is very evident in this matter. I personally have not been able to push these tyres to breaking point.
HIghly recommend them to anyone that wants the best out of there cars feet
Everything bar cost to replace them. For a HSV your looking at over 1100 a tyre and that is crazy. But i must say you get what you pay for.
They were purchased on my new E90 BMW 323i LCI Sport. Very classy looking tyre especially on a sport version with mixed tyres on a saloon. Big footprint at rear and front gives excellent handling and grip in wet and dry conditions. This is my second set (last BMW sport I replaced very noisy continentals with Potenza's), mine are run flats and I have some reservation on replacement or repair if driven with run flat notification.
Very Good looking tyre with mag saver protrusions around the rim edge.
Cost to replace and there is some doubt they can be repaired if driven as a run flat to a repair depot as no guarantee can be given on how far or how fast you have travelled when flat.
Questions & Answers
I had four Bridgestone RE050A fitted to Ve Commodore SV6, noticed that three of the four wheels had no weights fitted at all is this normal?
Are they good for Honda accord my previous tryres are Bridgestone Eco EP100 225/50/R17 ?
Yes, they’re great for your Honda Accord - compared with the Bridgestone Eco EPs, when on Potenzas the car will feel like it’s gripping the road with a vengeance - haha.
The difference is that the Eco EPs are a harder compound i.e. they roll better, last longer - but rely on special tread patterns etc. for grip. The Potenzas on the other hand are performance tyres designed for great grip under a variety of circumstances - but because their grip eats up rubber, they wear out faster than Eco EPs. Pumping Potenzas 3-4psi higher than usual can help them last longer the Bridgestone chaps’ll tell you exactly how much pressure to use - I’ve seen people pump’em up to 45psi for Holden Commodores. If your Accord is a 3.5L V6, then around 40psi should do the trick.
Keep in mind that with tyres, it is always a trade-off between grip/performance and high mileage/long life.
If you drive around gently in the city mostly, then consider Michelin Primacy 3 STs or Primacy 4s. They’re a good compromise between performance and mileage. So are the Bridgestone Turanzas and Eco EPs.
However, if you tend to swing your Accord V6 around corners, want good performance in rain and expect braking performance, then the Potenzas are amazing - just use a higher tyre pressure than you would for the others.
I’ve responded late, but hope this’ll be of use to others.
Are these tyres still avaliable and how much are they? ?
Suggest you contact your dealer. Price will depend on size. Not sure whether they have been replaced but dealers seem to be pushing the RE002 instead for a similar price. Just replaced my RE050As with RE002. Ride is a bit harsher, noise levels similar, grip better particularly in wet. Said to also last longer. I guess time will tell.
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