Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS: Tire Review

Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS Rewiews

Bridgestone Potenza tires have long been regarded amongst the best treads in the performance department, and RE980AS is the latest in the collection. A lot of happy buyers prefer them simply because they are cheaper than other big brands, and then discover that these aren’t any worse than Michelins or Continentals.
And this latest addition is simply outstanding. It is an all-season and ultra-performance model, meaning they are bound to give you a good time on tarmac. Moreover, they’ve thrown some good technology into these, which made them pleasant around the corners, gripping even on ice and generally very sticky.

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But let’s go over the features one by one.

How are they made?

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In their core, these tires contain two high-durability steel components, and the casing is made out of polyester: two plies on the tread side, three on each sidewall – for strength. Bridgestone cared very much about making RE980AS virtually impossible to rip if driven properly.
In the process, the sidewalls have become pretty stiff. That fact also benefits the general idea – the sidewalls are now hard to distort (and overstress, as a consequence), and handling improved significantly.
The grip is very good overall and there are several reasons why, besides the already mentioned ones.

Traction solutions

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Look at the tread and you’ll see that it’s riddled with many grooves, sipes and void space in general. That has several positive consequences.
Now, the treads are supposed to behave well on dry, wet, snow and ice. On dry and wet, the tires behave extremely well in part thanks to the tread pattern. It’s asymmetrical – together with the general stiffness of these tires, they handle well in all common situations.
But then, look at the sipes. They are full-depth (so, akin to grooves) and help with slippery surfaces. In general, their key purpose is to decrease slipping on wet and snowy ground, but the way Bridgestone included them into the pattern also increases the handling around the corners, as well as general stability, all thanks to the sipes.
Now, in terms of hydroplaning, Bridgestone has a solution even for that. The big circumferential and smaller lateral grooves are interconnected. Furthermore, the shoulders are also given some void space in the shape of open slots. Their primary goal is to help evacuate the water.
They do it well – the water passes through big grooves, travels between them through lateral cavities and then escapes through shoulders. As a result, there’s almost no hydroplaning at all.
However, this shoulder composition improves the contact with the road, as well. Thanks to these slots, there’s more control not just in the central parts, but also on the fringes.
In the end, RE980AS retains its superb grip regardless of the temperature and frequently even regardless of elements in front. Thanks to this excellent tread type, the tires handle well in virtually any situations.
The only place where you absolutely shouldn’t be is off-road. These are sturdy tires, but, owing to their stickiness, they are going to collect much more mud and sand than necessary, which results in premature tire death.

Comfort

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These treads are stiffer than most, even in the all-season category. This usually leads to discomfort while driving, but Bridgestone made sure their tires are more refined than that. The tread pattern is balanced in such a way, that tires feel extremely soft on the road.
But in order to squeeze the most out of them, you need to either use a sports car or a sedan, as Bridgestone themselves suggested. For other vehicles, this Potenza model is simply overkill. Less powerful cars simply don’t need that much traction and control.

Final thoughts

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Potenza RE980AS is excellent everywhere and in every season, except for off-road. Moreover, they last for at least 50,000 miles, as Bridgestone’s warranty suggests. That amounts to 4-5 years of constant use. Remember that Bridgestone tires are actually much cheaper than their colleagues who release the tires of similar quality.
Yes, they might worse than some specifically summer-designed treads, but RE980AS is much more versatile and has awesome traction. If you have need for them – by all means, go ahead and buy.

Tire Sizes

16″

205/55R16

17″

225/45R17
225/50R17
235/45R17
235/55R17
215/45R17
205/50R17
215/50R17
245/45R17
225/55R17
245/40R17
215/55R17
205/45R17

18″

225/40R18
245/45R18
245/40R18
235/50R18
225/45R18
235/40R18
255/35R18
255/40R18
215/45R18
275/35R18
235/45R18
265/35R18
225/50R18
265/40R18
215/40R18
245/35R18

19″

245/40R19
255/35R19
235/35R19
245/45R19
255/40R19
275/40R19
275/35R19
245/35R19
225/40R19
225/45R19
245/50R19
285/30R19
265/40R19

20″

245/45R20
255/35R20
275/35R20
245/40R20
275/40R20
285/35R20
265/35R20
245/35R20
295/30R20
255/45R20
305/30R20

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