Bridgestone Potenza RE050A

Dry Grip 83%
Wet Grip 70%
Road Feedback 75%
Handling 72%
Wear 66%
Comfort 59%
Buy again 58%

The Bridgestone Potenza RE050A is a Max Performance Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

This tyre replaced the Bridgestone Potenza RE040

This tyre has been replaced by the Bridgestone Potenza S001

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Tyre review data from 200 tyre reviews averaging 69% over 3,359,928 miles driven.

Latest Group Test Results

2015 Australian Motor 235/35 R19 Tyre Test - 3rd of 8 tyres

2011 Autoreview Max Performance Summer Tyre Test - 8th of 9 tyres

  • Positive - Quiet, reasonable handling in the dry
  • Negative - Poor wet grip, poor wet handling, low aquaplaning resistance
  • Overall - For a tyre which is fitted to cars like the Ferrari 430, the RE050A has a very poor result. Perhaps Bridgestone use a different compound for the Russian market as it was a full 10 metres behind the best tyre in the wet braking test. Bridgestone have recently release the S001, and there is rumours of the S04 coming to Europe.

2010 EVO Tyre Test - 4th of 9 tyres

Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
195/45 R16 80V   F C 71  
195/45 R16 84V XL   E B 72  
195/45 R16 84V XL   F A 72  
225/50 R16 92W   F C 71  
195/55 R16 87V   E C 69  
215/55 R16 93V   F E 72  
205/40 R17 84W XL   F A 71  
205/40 R17 84V XL   F B 72  
205/40 R17 84W XL   F C 72  
205/40 R17 84W XL   F B 72  
205/40 R17 80Y   G B 72  
215/40 R17 87W XL   F C 72  
215/40 R17 87V XL   F B 72  
215/40 R17 87V XL   E C 72  
215/40 R17 83Y   G C 72  
215/40 R17 87Y XL   F C 72  
215/40 R17 87V XL   C A 71  
235/40 R17 90Y   G C 72  
245/40 R17 91W   F C 74  
255/40 R17 94W   F C 73  
255/40 R17 94Y   E C 72  
255/40 R17 94W   E C 72  
205/45 R17 84V   F B 71  
205/45 R17 84W * G C 72  
205/45 R17 88V XL   C C 72  
205/45 R17 88V XL   E B 72  
205/45 R17 84V * G C 72  
205/45 R17 88V XL   E B 73  
205/45 R17 88V XL   C B 72  
205/45 R17 88W XL   F B 72  
205/45 R17 84W   E B 71  
205/45 R17 84W   G C 72  
205/45 R17 84V   F B 69  
215/45 R17 87W   F C 70  
215/45 R17 87Y   F C 70  
225/45 R17 91W   F C 71  
225/45 R17 91V   G C 72  
225/45 R17 94V XL   F C 72  
225/45 R17 91W   F B 73  
225/45 R17 91W   E B 71  
225/45 R17 91V   F B 71  
225/45 R17 91W   E C 71  
225/45 R17 91W   E E 73  
225/45 R17 94V XL   E B 72  
225/45 R17 94Y XL   F B 72  
235/45 R17 97W XL   F C 73  
235/45 R17 94Y   F B 72  
235/45 R17 93W   G C 70  
235/45 R17 94W   F C 71  
235/45 R17 97W XL   F C 72  
235/45 R17 94W   F C 72  
245/45 R17 95Y   F C 71  
245/45 R17 99Y XL   E C 73  
245/45 R17 95Y   G B 71  
245/45 R17 95Y   F C 71  
205/50 R17 93Y XL   E B 71  
205/50 R17 89V * E E 72  
205/50 R17 89W   F C 71  
205/50 R17 89V   F C 71  
215/50 R17 91W   E B 71  
215/50 R17 91W   E B 71  
215/50 R17 91W   E C 71  
225/50 R17 98Y XL   E C 71  
225/50 R17 94V   E B 71  
225/50 R17 94W   F C 71  
225/50 R17 94W   F B 71  
225/50 R17 94W   E C 73  
225/50 R17 98Y XL   E C 71  
225/50 R17 94Y   F B 71  
225/50 R17 98Y XL   F C 72  
225/55 R17 101Y XL   E C 73  
225/55 R17 97Y AO F B 72  
245/35 R18 88Y   G B 71  
245/35 R18 92Y XL   F C 70  
265/35 R18 97Y XL   C B 73  
265/35 R18 97Y XL   C B 73  
275/35 R18 95Y   E B 72  
275/35 R18 95W   F C 73  
275/35 R18 95Y   F C 73  
285/35 R18 97W   F C 74  
285/35 R18 97Y   E C 73  
295/35 R18 99Y   F C 74  
295/35 R18 99Y N-0 F C 74  
295/35 R18 99Y   F C 73  
205/40 R18 82W   G B 70  
215/40 R18 85Y   F C 70  
215/40 R18 85Y * G C 71  
215/40 R18 89W XL   F C 72  
225/40 R18 92W XL   F B 72  
225/40 R18 92Y XL   F B 72  
225/40 R18 92Y XL   F B 72  
225/40 R18 92Y XL   F C 72  
225/40 R18 92W XL   F C 72  
225/40 R18 92Y XL   F C 73  
225/40 R18 88Y   F C 71  
225/40 R18 92Y XL   F C 72  
225/40 R18 92W XL   F C 72  
225/40 R18 92W XL   F C 72  
225/40 R18 92W XL   F C 72  
235/40 R18 95Y XL   E C 72  
235/40 R18 91Y N-0 F C 72  
235/40 R18 91Y          
235/40 R18 91Y   F B 72  
245/40 R18 93Y   G C 72  
245/40 R18 93W   G C 72  
245/40 R18 97Y XL   C B 72  
245/40 R18 93Y   F B 71  
245/40 R18 93Y   F C 71  
245/40 R18 93Y   F B 71  
255/40 R18 95Y   F C 72  
255/40 R18 95Y   E B 73  
255/40 R18 99Y XL   F B 72  
255/40 R18 95W   F B 74  
265/40 R18 101Y XL N-0 E C 73  
265/40 R18 101Y XL   E B 73  
275/40 R18 99W   F C 72  
275/40 R18 99Y   F C 72  
215/45 R18 89W   F C 71  
215/45 R18 93Y XL   E C 70  
225/45 R18 91W   E C 69  
225/45 R18 91W   E B 69  
225/45 R18 91W   G C 71  
225/45 R18 91W   G B 71  
225/45 R18 91V   F B 71  
225/45 R18 95Y XL   F C 73  
225/45 R18 95W XL   F C 73  
235/45 R18 94W   F B 73  
235/45 R18 94Y   F C 71  
235/45 R18 94W   F C 71  
235/45 R18 98Y XL   E C 72  
245/45 R18 96W   F C 70  
245/45 R18 96W   F B 70  
245/45 R18 96W   F B 70  
245/45 R18 96W   E B 71  
245/45 R18 96Y   F C 71  
245/45 R18 96W   F C 71  
245/45 R18 96W   F C 71  
255/45 R18 99Y   F E 72  
225/50 R18 95W   G B 71  
225/50 R18 94W TPC SPEC F E 71  
225/50 R18 95W   F C 71  
225/50 R18 95W   F B 71  
255/30 R19 91Y XL   E B 72  
285/30 R19 98Y XL   E B 73  
285/30 R19 98Y XL   E B 73  
295/30 R19 100Y XL   E B 73  
295/30 R19 100Y XL N-0 E C 74  
305/30 R19 98Y   F C 74  
305/30 R19 102Y XL   E B 75  
305/30 R19 102Y XL N-0 E C 74  
225/35 R19 84Y   F C 71  
225/35 R19 88Y XL   F B 71  
235/35 R19 91Y XL   F B 72  
235/35 R19 91Y XL   F B 72  
235/35 R19 87Y   F B 71  
235/35 R19 87Y N-1 G C 71  
235/35 R19 91Y XL   F C 72  
235/35 R19 87Y N-0 G C 71  
245/35 R19 89Y   F C 71  
255/35 R19 96Y XL   E B 71  
255/35 R19 96Y XL   E C 73  
255/35 R19 96Y XL   E B 71  
255/35 R19 96Y XL   F C 72  
255/35 R19 96Y XL   E C 73  
255/35 R19 92Y   F C 72  
265/35 R19 94Y   F B 72  
265/35 R19 94Y   E C 72  
265/35 R19 94Y   E C 73  
265/35 R19 94Y N-0 F C 72  
265/35 R19 98Y XL   E B 72  
265/35 R19 94Y   E C 73  
275/35 R19 96W   F C 73  
275/35 R19 96Y   F B 72  
275/35 R19 96Y   F C 73  
275/35 R19 96W   F C 72  
275/35 R19 96W   F B 72  
275/35 R19 96W   F B 72  
285/35 R19 99Y   E C 73  
285/35 R19 99Y   E B 72  
345/35 R19 110Y   E C 73  
225/40 R19 93Y XL   F C 70  
225/40 R19 93Y XL   E C 72  
225/40 R19 93Y XL   E C 72  
225/40 R19 89W   G C 71  
235/40 R19 96Y XL   E B 72  
235/40 R19 92Y   G B 71  
235/40 R19 96Y XL   F B 74  
235/40 R19 96Y XL   E C 72  
235/40 R19 96Y XL   E C 72  
235/40 R19 96Y XL   E B 72  
235/40 R19 96Y XL   E B 72  
245/40 R19 94Y   F C 71  
245/40 R19 98W XL   E B 70  
245/40 R19 94W   F C 72  
245/40 R19 98Y XL   F C 71  
245/40 R19 94W   F B 72  
245/40 R19 94W   F C 71  
245/40 R19 98W XL   E C 70  
245/40 R19 94Y   F C 71  
245/40 R19 94W   F B 72  
245/40 R19 94W   F C 72  
245/40 R19 94Y   F B 72  
245/40 R19 94Y   F B 72  
245/40 R19 94Y   F B 72  
245/40 R19 94Y   F B 72  
245/40 R19 98W XL   E C 70  
245/40 R19 94Y   E B 71  
285/40 R19 103Y   E C 72  
285/40 R19 103Y   E B 73  
285/40 R19 103Y   E B 72  
285/40 R19 103Y   F C 73  
225/45 R19 92W   F C 70  
225/45 R19 96W XL   E C 71  
225/45 R19 96W XL   E B 71  
275/30 R20 97Y XL * E B 73  
275/30 R20 97Y XL   E C 73  
275/30 R20 97Y XL   F C 73  
245/35 R20 95Y XL   E B 72  
245/35 R20 91Y   F B 71  
245/35 R20 91Y   F C 72  
245/35 R20 95Y XL   F C 72  
265/35 R20 99Y XL   E C 72  
285/35 R20 100Y   E B 72  
305/35 R20 104Y   E C 73  
245/40 R20 95Y          
245/40 R20 95W   E B 70  

Questions and Answers for the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A

2016-10-01 - Brigestone potenza RE050A it can work for all season?

The RE050A is a summer tyre, and will offer very little performance in snow or ice.


2016-11-24 - Are they directional/handed?

The Bridgestone RE050A is an asymmetric tyre.


2016-12-22 - Is the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A a "run-flat" tyre?

There are both runflat and non-runflat version of the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A


2019-03-10 - Hi, I have a staggered set up on my MB CLK It has an open diff and appears to favour one tyre over the other indicated by faster wear on the left side. Being staggered I cannot swap tyres front to rear to balance tyre wear. Can you suggest a tyre that can be swapped left to right to balance tyre wear on the rear of the car. Tyre size is 255/35/18 Thanks in advance Gav.

The RE050A is an asymmetric tyre so can be swapped left to right. All asymmetric patterned tyres can be, as they are mounted in a certain way on the wheel.


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Top Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Review

Given 80% while driving a Lexus GS450h (245/40 R18) on a combination of roads for 35 average miles
I did 57,000 KM (35,500 miles) on a set of these tyres before they were due to be replaced. My car is a heavy car (nearly 2 tonnes) and was advised to expect 20,000 to 25,000 KM from them. At 30,000 KM they were still going strong. I had them rotated and balanced every 5,000 KM since day 1 which i think made a huge difference to their longevity. Tyre pressure was a constant 37psi for the whole of this time and the tyres were filled with nitrogen gas from day 1.
These tyres did the job. Not the best I have ever had, but with a bit of care they were made to work. The car is capable to doing 0 to 100 KPH (60 MPH) in 5.2 seconds and i did not always take it easy with the driving.
Tyre wear was even on all 4 wheels.
75 - tyre reviewed on October 19, 2015   

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Given 77% while driving a Subaru Levorg 1.6 gt s (225/45 R18 V) on a combination of roads for 6,000 spirited miles
Comes standard with the car and provide superb feel and handling in both dry and wet. Tire is harsh and transmit all bumps and road irregularity into the cabin, likely due to the low profile ratio. Tire wears off very fast, and less than 10K km it is at 50% or less.

LIkely buy again, as the tires matches the car performance - almost no drama (read: boring) drive across mountainous winding road... no screeching, no sign of losing grip...
0 - tyre reviewed on June 7, 2019   
Given 33% while driving a BMW Z4 35i (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 20,000 spirited miles
I purchased a BMW Z4 from a family relative and it was fitted with the Bridgestone Potenza RA050A run flats. The first thing I noticed was the disturbing tendency to tram line, the car was constantly fidgeting on the road. The second issue was very serious, the car would effectively slalom when pulling in after an overtake. It was terrifying! The Potenza’s fitted to the rear were new (1400 miles use) on the front they were worn with the front offside down to the legal limit.
I took the decision to fit Goodyear F1 Asymmetric 5 tyres all round and at the same time I had a 4 wheel alignment performed. Whilst some settings were out of spec the maximum was 0.21 degrees too little camber on the left rear tyre so I don’t think this had any impact on the handling.
The car on F1s has, quite simply, transformed. It is calming, smooth and predictable. One Z4 owner described the fitting of Bridgestone Potenza RA050A tyres to that chassis as ‘treachery’, I now agree.
1 - tyre reviewed on June 5, 2019   
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Given 49% while driving a Citron DS3 THP 150 (225/45 R17 W) on for 1,000 miles
Since changing to these tyres there is a huge increase in Road Noise. Ok at speeds under 50mph, but really noticeable after that. Would I buy again..? NO
8 - tyre reviewed on February 12, 2019   
Given 66% while driving a Audi 3.2 v6 Quattro (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 28,000 spirited miles
I've had those on my Audi quattro and they put a smile on my face every time , the Grip is impressive on both surfaces wet and dry , they are really good until they worn out and it happened so quick , it's worth to mention I'm an aggressive driver and I live in U.A.E where it's mostly sunny .
I've done about 44000 km on them and then I had to replace them and I did it with a cheaper set of Chinese tires the difference was distinctly clear and I felt like I lost some of my car bhp due to the huge gap in the grip between both .Conclusion : if you are looking for performance regardless of money and comfort then go for them otherwise you should probably think of something else.
2 - tyre reviewed on January 27, 2019   

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