Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS Review

Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS

This is a review of the Bridgestone Potenza Re980as.

It encompasses all there is about the Bridgestone Potenza Re980as. Note that whatever information you see here is not our opinion or ideas pulled out of thin air. Instead, we have carefully researched manufacturer’s stats, experts’ opinions based on drive tests, as well as real user reviews to deliver you all information you need to make the right decision on your tire purchase.

Don’t have time to read everything? Here’s a quick summary of our review as well as pros & cons listed.

Conclusion:

Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS is an excellent option for spirited drivers who want to enjoy traction all season. The tire is designed for sports cars, sports coupes, and performance sedans to retain road speed while keeping drivers confident on the wheel.

Road noise is minimal, and handling is fast and responsive. However, MPG and tread life is compromised by performance.

Pros

  • Excellent road grip and traction
  • Responsive steering
  • Great handling

Cons

  • Poor tread life
  • Traction reduces as tires wear down
  • Reduced fuel economy
  • Road noise and vibration increase as the tires ages
  • Poor snow traction

In this Bridgestone Potenza Re980as Review, we will analyze the tire’s performance in different seasons. This includes wet and dry traction during acceleration, braking, and cornering. You will also see how this tire performs in ice and snow and more importantly, its durability.

So keep reading to find out more about the Potenza Re980as from Bridgestone.

Overview

The Potenza Re980as is one of Bridgestone’s most sought-after tires. It sits at number 15 among 28 tires in its class. The ultra-high performance all-season tire is developed for drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes, and performance Sedans.

Bridgestone Potenza Re980as stands out among tires in its group because of its swift steering response and handling. 

 

The tire was built to provide all-year superb performance with tread longevity.  And an affordable option for those who want to experience true sportiness.

The tire is backed up with a warranty and available in sizes 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20. So buyers have a lot of choices to make.

 

Performance 

Wet

According to owners’ reviews, the Potenza Re980as has an excellent wet road grip and traction. The tires were also noticeably resistant to hydroplaning. This inspired confidence for drivers to ride in the rain or wet roads. While users were pleased with the wet traction, they suggested that combining it with an AWD is a whole new vibe entirely.

In fact, a user notes that when everyone else on the road slows down in the rain, he can speed up. Thanks to the high sipe density that helps create biting edges for road traction in slippery conditions. And the interconnected slot and grooves that help disperse water away from the tire to avoid hydroplaning.

However, most users say that as the tire wears down, they begin to lose road traction and start hydroplaning, especially around 20,000 miles.

Dry

Many users were pleased with the tire’s performance on dry roads more than any other climate. And they were so confident when hitting the road. Users said the tire hugs the road so well and maintains traction even at high speeds. That you will find it difficult to make these tires slide. Thanks to the lateral slots that help keep the rubber in steady contact with roads.

For others, the tire is not outstanding but just provides a substantial amount of dry road grip and traction. However, according to most owners, as the tire got old, they started losing road traction when accelerating. Most usually experience the reduction in traction around 15k to 20k miles.

Snow

Users say ice and snow performance has not been encouraging but manageable.  The tires would lose traction on ice and deep snow and they would likely find themselves being pulled to one side of the road. However, it has adequate light snow traction if driven carefully. 

But the problem is, users also lose light snow traction as the tread wears down. Hence, putting the Michelin Pilot Sport 3+ on top as a tire with better ice and snow traction according to the test by tirerack.com.  

In a nutshell, the Bridgestone Potenza Re980as will not give you the kind of snow traction you may need. Moreover, driving in the snow may even affect the tread’s life.  So if you constantly commute in winter conditions, you may need to get a dedicated winter or snow tires.

Braking distance

The Bridgestone Potenza Re980as have an amazing braking performance. Dry braking distance is the most incredible but not as short as the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ according to tirerack.com test.

Wet braking distance is also great but not like in dry conditions. However, according to a drive test by tirerack.com, the Goodyear Eagle Exhilarate has a shorter wet braking distance.  

On light snow, braking distance is considerate. However, on deep snow or ice, it takes a longer time to stop. The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+, however, has far better ice and snow stopping distance, according to tirerack.com test results.

Handling

Most users noted that the tire’s handling is outstanding. The steering responds so well, even at high speeds. Thanks to the three polyester sidewall plies and two polyester plies in the tread. The high stiff sidewall also helps to resist distortion to further enhance steering responsiveness.

According to users, this tire makes turning or going through bends effortless. However, of all the tires used during the tirerack.com comparison drive test, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ were noted to provide better handling.

Users noted that cornering grip in dry is incredible. Still, according to tirerack test, it is not as excellent as the cornering traction the Michelin Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ provides in the dry.  The tire also has fantastic cornering traction in wet roads, but not as impressive as the Goodyear Eagle Exhilarate.

On light snow, the tires provided substantial cornering grip as well. However, on ice and deep snow, it is lacking. Nonetheless, according to tirerack.com test, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ has better snow handling among tires in the comparison test

Noise and comfort

Most reviewers were happy with the quietness of the tires. Thanks to the asymmetric noise optimized tread pattern that helps enhance soft ride. Nonetheless, some users said they experienced little road-noise, which was expected given the performance zest of the tires.

However, according to users, as the tire aged, the tire’s little quietness went away. The road noise became so apparent and would worsen at high speeds. Nonetheless, compared to other tires in its group tested by tirerack.com, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 provides better noise comfort throughout the tire’s life

Many users stated the tires supply excellent grip, hence providing enough road stability and firmness. The 3D full-depth sipes are responsible for enhancing the tire’s stability. This keeps users comfortable and ensures a smooth comfortable ride. 

However, other owners stated otherwise. Some users say ride comfort is poor due to the nature of the tire. And noted that an aggressive tire like this will drive aggressively on the road which definitely will reduce road comfort. 

While the ride quality is outstanding, the Goodyear Eagle Exhilarate provides a better ride among tires test-driven by tirerack.com.

Durability

The Potenza Re980as comes with a 50k mileage warranty for all buyers. However, one gets a half mileage warranty for rear tires if the rear and front tires are different. Some users were pleased with the warranty as some got even up to 53,000 miles. However, it was different for many reviewers. Most of them said the tires fell short of the manufacturer’s warranty. 

More than ten users complained that even with yearly alignment and rotation every 5k miles/oil change, they still couldn’t get enough miles from the tire. Some users noted that at only 15k miles, the tires are already worn, so they doubt if they will even get up to 30k miles. However, some got only 20k miles, others 25k miles, and very few got up to 35k miles.

But then, it is good that users understand that tires with a higher amount of grip will usually wear faster. Even Brigestone should know instead of giving a prorated warranty. So if you want something to get five years from when you drive a lot, this tire is not for you. But if you, however, value performance at a fair price, these tires should suffice.

Price

The Bridgestone Potenza Re980as starts at $144, with the biggest size sold at $259, which is considered affordable but not a cheap tire. However, most user reviews stated that the tire’s durability is not worth its price. The tire, even though it’s rated 50k miles, however barely reaches 35k miles, most users noted.

Other issues with the Bridgestone Potenza Re980as 

While users complimented the tire’s performance, most complained of a noticeable decrease in gas mileage. However, this is due to the high rolling resistance the tire possesses to help with speed. 

Another issue that users complain about is tires having flat spots when parked overnight and worsens when it is cold. This was very inconvenient for users, as it would require them to drive a few miles (about 5 miles) to roll out the flat spot and get the tires working again. Thus, making the first few minutes of the ride very bumpy.

Recommendation

The Potenza Re980as is a good tire for everyday commuting for spirited driving. The tire grip on wet and dry roads like flypaper and handling is swift and responsive. The tire is worth the price if you are concerned about performance rather than durability.

However, if you want a performing tire with more extended durability, you may need to look elsewhere. The tire wears quickly, which is expected from a tire with a high grip. And would reduce in performance as it wears out.

Going by reviews, users say the tires did not live up to expectations in terms of tread life. The tire also did not perform well throughout the tire’s life. Many were disappointed, stating that the tires were not worth the price, and opted not to buy again. However, the tire got a recommendation score of 6.9 out of 10.

According to tirerack, the tire has good grip and excellent handling, but they are not the best UHP all-season tires out there. The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+, Goodyear Eagle Exhilarate and  Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 are better options. 

However, these tires, aside from the continental, are more expensive. While the Bridgestone Potenza Re980as Starts at $144, the Continental begins at $99, Goodyear at $160, and Michelin at $159.  

Conclusion

The Potenza Re980as is another good tire from Bridgestone. We highly recommend the tire for its precision, stability, control, and cornering even at high speeds. We also admit it’s a good option for spirited drivers who want grip in wet and dry conditions. 

However, the tire would do well as a proper summer tire. 

The Bridgestone Potenza Re980as truly will bring out the sportiness in your vehicle. However, if you want a durable UHP all-season tire, this tire is not for you. They have poor tread life because of its gripping tendency and reduces performance as the tires wear down.

If you want a UHP all-season tire with durability in mind, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+, Goodyear Eagle Exhilarate, and Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 are better. The Michelin and Goodyear are, however, more expensive than the Bridgestone, with the Continental coming as a cheaper option.

This does not mean that Potenza Re980as is a terrible tire. For outstanding handling and all-season grip, it is an excellent choice. The only issue is how fast they wear, losing performance ability due to aging, flat spots it gets when parked overnight, decreased fuel mileage, and poor snow performance. These are what truly set it apart from its competitors mentioned above.