Bridgestone Potenza Sport takes test victory in the 2023 Auto Zeitung summer tyre test


• The Bridgestone Potenza Sport secures joint first place on the podium in the current 2023 summer tyre test by Auto Zeitung. 
• Among the 235/35 R19 dimension tyres, it convinced test experts by achieving outstanding performance characteristics on a Ford Focus ST, taking the top position in the overall standings. 
• Following on from its recent successes in 2022, the modern ultra-high-performance tyre has again achieved top test results this year, including test wins in the two British magazines Auto Express and EVO. 

With top ratings in the braking, handling and driving safety in the wet disciplines, the Bridgestone Potenza Sport held its own against competitors and took the joint test victory in Auto Zeitung’s 2023 summer tyre test.

The UHP summer tyre in 19 inches also convinced the experts on the test track with its “flawless driving characteristics” and “extremely high grip” in the dry. The outstanding performance of the Potenza Sport is the result of innovative tyre development based on Bridgestone’s many years of racing experience and partnerships with prestigious vehicle manufacturers. The UHP tyre has been specially tailored to the needs of demanding drivers and delivers a high level of control and confidence.

“We are very pleased with the verdict of the renowned test experts at Auto Zeitung. To be honoured as test winner once again proves the high-quality standards with which we develop our state-of-the-art portfolio,” says Steven De Bock, Vice President Consumer Replacement and OE at Bridgestone EMIA. “With top products, we offer our retail partners a first-class range so that they can be number one for their end customers.”

Convincing sporting performance

In addition to the outstanding test result in Auto Zeitung, the Bridgestone Potenza Sport recently proved its qualities in the 2023 summer sports tyre test of Auto Bild sportscars. With the best performance both in the wet, as well as in the dry and circular drive on wet roads, the UHP tyre from Bridgestone secured the prestigious rating “exemplary”. With an overall score of 1.3, it also shows “good balance, precise steering behaviour [...] and respectable safety reserves in aquaplaning”, according to the test experts.

The Bridgestone Potenza Sport has already achieved nine podiums in renowned tyre test publications since its market launch at the beginning of 2021.

Bridgestone Potenza Sport offers best-in-class performance in the dry1 and outstanding control in the wet1, making it particularly convincing for disciplines where safety is an important feature. The premium tyre is also engineered to go further for longer, providing higher mileage than its predecessor, the Potenza S0012.

The Bridgestone Potenza Sport allows drivers to experience the full sporty performance of their vehicles and also offers strong safety reserves.

1 Tests carried out by TÜV SÜD on the request of Bridgestone in July-September 2020 at the facilities Bridgestone EUPG (Italy) for dry and wet tests with Audi S4 3.0 TFSI, on tyre size 245/40 R18. Potenza Sport compared to the performances of main competitors in the same segment: Continental PremiumContact6, Michelin Pilot Sport 4, Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5, Pirelli P Zero PZ4. Annex Report No. [713190691-PS].Straight stability, rating: Bridgestone Potenza Sport (9.33), Continental Premium Contact 6 (9.00), Michelin Pilot Sport 4(8.67), Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 (8.67), Pirelli P Zero PZ4 (8.56).Cornering stability, rating: Bridgestone Potenza Sport (9.21), Continental Premium Contact 6 (8.13), Michelin Pilot Sport 4 (8.67), Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 (8.33), Pirelli P Zero PZ4 (8.58).Dry braking distance (100 km/h to 0 km/h), metres : Bridgestone Potenza Sport (33.4), Continental Premium Contact 6 (35.4), Michelin Pilot Sport 4 (34.5), Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 (35.9), Pirelli P Zero PZ4 (34.8). Wet Cornering - Lateral wet grip (lateral acceleration) in meters/second2 : Bridgestone Potenza Sport (7.06), Continental Premium Contact 6 (6.42), Michelin Pilot Sport 4 (6.45), Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 (6.63), Pirelli P Zero PZ4 (7.03). Wet handling (subjective evaluation and average speed) average rating and in km/h: Bridgestone Potenza Sport (9.19; 90.87), Continental Premium Contact 6 (7.97; 87.32), Michelin Pilot Sport 4 (8.28; 87.84), Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 (8.25; 88.05), Pirelli P Zero PZ4 (8.72; 89.12).

2 Based on internal tests conducted at Bridgestone Technical Centre Europe with Audi A4 on tyre size 245/40R18, Bridgestone Potenza Sport achieved 10 percent better mileage estimation versus same size of its predecessor Potenza S001.

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