Bridgestone Potenza RE040

Dry Grip 80%
Wet Grip 58%
Road Feedback 74%
Handling 70%
Wear 65%
Comfort 57%
Buy again 54%

The Bridgestone Potenza RE040 is a Ultra High Performance Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

This tyre has been replaced by the Bridgestone Potenza RE050A

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Tyre review data from 46 tyre reviews averaging 66% over 806,215 miles driven.

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Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
165/50 R15 73V   F C 69  
165/50 R15 73V   G C 69  
185/55 R15 81V   F C 70  
185/55 R15 82V   E E 70  
185/55 R15 82V   G C 70  
215/45 R16 86W   G C 71  
205/55 R16 91W   E C 71  
205/55 R16 91V   E C 71  
225/55 R16 95V   F C 71  
235/60 R16 100W   E C 71  
205/45 R17 84W   G C 70  
215/45 R17 87V   F C 70  
225/45 R17 90W   F C 71  
225/45 R17 91W   F C 71  
205/50 R17 89V   F C 69  
175/55 R17 81W   F C 70  
235/55 R17 99Y   F C 71  
255/35 R18 90Y * F C 73  
225/40 R18 88Y   F C 72  
245/40 R18 93Y   F E 70  
275/40 R18 99W   F C 72  
225/45 R18 91W   F C 71  
245/45 R18 96W   F C 71  
255/45 R18 103Y XL   E C 71  
255/45 R18 99Y   F C 72  
235/50 R18 101Y XL   E C 71  
255/40 R19 100Y XL   E C 72  
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Size Price Range  
205/55 R16 £73.99 - £73.99 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
245/45 R18 £131.00 - £157.68 (3 Prices) Compare Prices >>
Available in 9 tyre sizes - View all.

Top Bridgestone Potenza RE040 Review

Given 59% while driving a Toyota MK3 MR2 Roaster (215/45 R16 W) on a combination of roads for 12,000 spirited miles
Tyres came with the car. I feel let down by Toyota's choice of wheel sizes for the MR2 which means I have a choice of Potenzas RE40 or a couple of models from Yokohama. Feel like I'm stuck with the Bridgestones unless I decide to change the wheels altogether.

The tyres are average overall; good points are:

1. Progressiveness - grip bleeds away quite smoothly and, also due to the car itself, all slides are controllable and no tankslapping occurrs when the tyres find grip again, quite happy with that.
2. Dry grip - nothing outstanding but good grip from the puny 185/55 15s in the front, very little understeer (again, partially due to the car itself) good grip on braking, surprisingly hard to break traction at the rear (but again, the car is largely responsible for this - not enough torque).
3. Comfort - or one side of it - Potenzas have a far stiffer sidewall that Toyo T1-Rs I had on my previous MR2 (pre - facelift) but are still quite comfortable, good response and very little thudding or thumping.

Bad points:

1. Wet grip - not very bad, but not impressive either. Tyres remain progressive and easy to judge but outright grip just isn't there, especially at the front which tends to wash wide.
2. Wear - rate of wear is quite poor, considering that the car weighs less than a ton. I do tend to make tyres work quite hard, though. What's really disappinting is performance degradation. I'm close to 3 mil mark now on the rears and the handling is pretty desperate, rear floating around like it's nobody's business. The car just feels unsafe.
3. Comfort - much as the tyres complement the suspension well, they are loud. Tyre rumble actually starts to drown out wind noise around 70mph mark which is unacceptable on a
25 - tyre reviewed on February 26, 2012   

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Given 76% while driving a Audi A3 Sportback (205/55 R16 V) on mostly motorways for 20,000 average miles
Very good tire at all road conditions.
No weakness at dry,wet or cornering.
Problem is very noisy tire, if comfort is important and your car isolation is not perfect replace them with a low noise tire immidiately.
3 - tyre reviewed on January 5, 2017   
These are the best tyres in the world. Watch now!
Given 39% while driving a Mazda 6 (225/45 R18 W) on a combination of roads for 6,000 easy going miles
inherited these on the front of my secondhand mazda 6 sport - very noisy, tramlining dreadful particularly in slippery conditions - just replaced at 16000 miles, probably could have gotten another 3-4000 miles out of them but they were spoiling the driving for me and they were starting to look at bit fatigued - chose goodyear efficient grip performance and its like driving on clouds - just joyful! would never have bought these in the first place being a self confessed michelin fan but having driven on them for 18 months I cant recommend them at all
0 - tyre reviewed on August 8, 2014   
Given 81% while driving a Audi 3,0 tdi quattro sport (225/40 R19 R) on a combination of roads for 32,000 average miles
Over 32000 miles on my Audi A8 3.0TDI Quattro over mixed roads
2 - tyre reviewed on August 27, 2013   
Given 74% while driving a Infiniti G35 Coupe (235/50 R17) on mostly country roads for 10,000 spirited miles
Tires stick like sh*t to a blanket in the dry. Not too bad in the wet, but could be better.
It must be noted that these are very noisy tires. A G35 is a very quiet car, and these tires were very audible. Very stiff sidewalls, which is most likely the reason for the awesome feedback. They're also vey progressive when peeling out from a corner.
0 - tyre reviewed on July 27, 2013   

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