Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Tire Review & Rating

As a direct replacement to the RE960 AS, the all-new Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position is designed to take high-performance all-season driving to the next level. Developed for drivers of higher end sport coupes and sedans, this newest model utilizes Bridgestone’s latest tire technology in the tread design.

A directional tread pattern and silica enhanced tread compound improves steering response and provide better overall traction on wet, dry or snow covered roads.

Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Tire Review

Dry surface grip and cornering abilities, as well as braking performance, are increased due to a continuous center rib, notched shoulders and a stiffer sidewall filler that resists tire distortion at higher cornering speeds.

Wet and snow surface handling and traction benefit from four circumferential grooves and added lateral grooves that combine to channel more water and slush from under the tire. It also greatly improves hydroplane resistance.

L.L. Carbon improves tread wear and prevents premature damage from cracking or chipping.

Inside the tread you will find two steel belts that are spirally wrapped with nylon and set between polyester cord plies to give the tire added strength, performance and durability at higher speeds. The unique O-Bead enhances ride comfort and overall tire uniformity.

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  • Dry pavement acceleration, cornering and braking 
  • Wet, grip is very good
  • Minimal road noise  
  • Very good tread life warranty  


  • Winter traction  

Overall Thoughts

The Bridgestone Potenza RE970 AS has quite a number of good things going for it. The grip and handling on both dry and wet road surfaces is outstanding. They hold the corners well, even at higher speeds. Steering response and stability rate very high as well, with many drivers saying the same thing in reviews on this tire.

Tread wear is longer lasting than many tires in this class. The one area that sticks out as a negative would be winter handling, especially on deep snow and ice, but this is nothing uncommon for a UHP all-season tire.

Overall, this Bridgestone tire is a good value in a high performance tire. We rank it in the upper half of this category. While quite good, in our opinion it ranks just under models like the BFGoodrich Comp-2 A/S, Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus, Continental DWS06 and a few others.

What Vehicles Will The RE970 AS Fit?

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

  • Acura TL, RSX  
  • BMW 330Ci, 535i, 325i, Z3  
  • Chevrolet Corvette, Malibu  
  • Ford Mustang, Fusion  
  • Honda Accord, Civic  
  • Hyundai Tiburon  
  • Infiniti G35, G37x  
  • Jaguar XF, XJ8  
  • Kia Optima  
  • Lexus IS250  
  • Mazda 6, RX-8, 3  
  • Mercedes-Benz E500, C300, E350, SLK280  
  • Nissan 350Z  
  • Mini Cooper  
  • Saturn Sky  
  • Toyota Prius  
  • Volkswagen GTI, Jetta, Passat  
  • Volvo C70  

Tire Sizes


205/55R16 91W BW
225/50R16 92W BW


215/45R17XL 91W BW
215/50R17XL 95W BW
225/45R17XL 94W BW
225/50R17XL 98W BW
235/45R17XL97W BW
235/50R17 96W BW
245/40R17 91W BW
245/45R17XL 99W BW


215/45R18XL 93W BW
225/40R18XL 92W BW
225/45R18 91W BW
225/50R18 95W BW
235/40R18XL 95W BW
245/40R18XL 97W BW
245/45R18XL 100W BW
255/35R18XL 94W BW
255/40R18XL 99W BW
255/45R18 99W BW
265/35R18XL 97W BW
265/40R18 XL 101W BW
275/35R18 95W BW


225/40R19 93W XL BL
235/35R19 91W XL BL
245/35R19 93W XL BL
245/40R19 98W XL BL
245/45R19 98W BL
255/35R19 96W XL BL
255/40R19 100W XL BL
265/35R19 98W XL BL
275/35R19 96W BL
275/40R19 101W BL
295/30R19 100W XL BL


275/35R20XL 102W BW
285/30R20XL 99W BW

Price Range

Prices on the Bridgestone RE970 AS range from $101 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Materials and workmanship are covered for 5-years and include free replacement during the first 3 years. Bridgestone prorates the amount for the remaining time period or until there is 2/32 inch of tread depth left on the tire.

You will also find a 30-day customer satisfaction guarantee that allows you to refund the tires in full or exchange them with another Bridgestone brand tire if you are not completely happy with them.

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