Bridgestone Potenza RE040 Tire Review & Rating

Providing a balance of high performance traction with well-mannered driving comfort is what the Bridgestone Potenza RE040 is designed to deliver. This high-performance summer tire has also been used as original equipment on vehicles like the Toyota MR2, Nissan 350Z, BMW 3 series and many other performance vehicles.

The tires come with a high grip tread compound that has been molded into a directional tread pattern for superior traction in dry and wet weather conditions. A continuous center rib and large rectangular tread blocks are built to increase grip on dry roads, while circumferential and lateral tread grooves get rid of water and provide stability for wet weather driving. They aren’t suited for snow or wintry conditions but certainly handle rain and shine well.

Bridgestone Potenza RE040 Tire Review

Twin steel belts reinforced by spiral wrapped nylon stabilizes the tire, provides high speed handling, and increases performance while minimizing weight. You’ll find the RE040 in a wide range of 15 to 19 inch sizes along with W and Y-speed ratings.


  • High quality Bridgestone design 
  • Great traction and all round stability 
  • Good in dry conditions 


  • Wet grip could be better 
  • Treadlife 

Overall Thoughts

While we really like the performance of the RE040 in some areas, it falls shorts in several others. Traction and handling on dry road surfaces is certainly a plus with this tire. It provides quick steering and good feedback for the most part. Cornering performance is equally as impressive for this tire.

On the flipside is the relatively poor wet traction. It simply does not perform as well as others in its class. Treadlife is another problem area, although to be fair with a 140 UTQG rating you pretty much know to expect that.

Overall this is not a bad original equipment tire, however, for a replacement we would recommend looking at the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport or BFGoodrich Sport Comp-2 among many others as a better option in this class.

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What Vehicles Will The Bridgestone RE040 Fit?

(This is not a complete list of ALL vehicles this tire will fit)

  • Audi S4, A8 
  • BMW 330i 
  • Honda Civic, Prelude 
  • Lexus IS300 
  • Mazda RX-8, Protege, Millenia S 
  • Nissan 350Z, Maxima 
  • Pontiac GTO, Trans Am 
  • Toyota MR2 
  • Volkswagen Jetta 

Tire Sizes


185/55R15 V BL
205/50R15 V BL


215/45R16 W BL
235/60R16 W BL


215/45ZR17 BL
225/45ZR17 BL
225/50R17 W BL
235/50R17 W BL
235/55R17 Y BL


225/45R18 W BL
245/45R18 W BL
275/40R18 W BL
245/40ZR18 BL
235/40ZR18 BL
255/45R18 Y BL


255/40R19 Y BL

Price Range

Bridgestone Potenza RE040 prices range from approximately $109 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Bridgestone provides a limited tread warranty on the RE040. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for the first 1/32 inch of wear. Materials and workmanship are warranted for 5-years and include free replacement during the first 3-years. A prorated amount is given for the remaining time period or down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

There is also a 30-day buy and try guarantee that allows you to refund or exchange the tires in the event you are not completely satisfied.

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