Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R Sizes & review

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Select Your Tire Size

205/50R15

205/45R17
255/40R17
225/45R17
235/45R17
245/40R17

245/40R18
265/35R18
285/30R18

285/35R20

The Potenza RE-71R is an Extreme Performance Summer tire developed for serious sports car, sports coupe and performance sedan driving enthusiasts looking for Bridgestone’s fastest DOT-legal street radial. Starting with a clean-sheet approach and a virtual slick tread, all of the design features were fine-tuned to maximize performance, traction, handling and control.

Performance-tuned for dry and damp conditions, the Potenza RE-71R, like all Extreme Performance Summer tires, are not intended to be serviced, stored or driven in near- and below-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.

Potenza RE-71R tires employ a newly developed tread compound that enhances grip by increasing contact with the road surface. This compound is molded into a directional tread design featuring a continuous center rib flanked by massive shoulders to provide constant rubber-to-road contact that enhances steering response and cornering stability.

While wide circumferential grooves with hydro evacuations surface ridges on their inner walls and multi-angle “7-shaped” lateral grooves promote water drainage to help retain wet traction, longitudinal and lateral hydroplaning resistance will be challenged if heavy rain or standing water is encountered. Drivers should drive cautiously at reduced speeds in these conditions.

The tire’s internal structure features a symmetric shape that helps distribute footprint pressure evenly during aggressive cornering. Two wide steel belts reinforced by spirally wound nylon provide strength, uniform ride quality and high-speed capability.

NOTE: UTQG ratings are not required to be branded on a tire’s sidewall during the first six months of production in order to allow the tire manufacturer to use production tires for their testing, so it is not unusual to see UTQG sidewall branding blank when tires are introduced. Bridgestone has completed its testing and the UTQG ratings for the Potenza RE-71R are listed under the tire specs tab.

Select Your Tire Size

205/50R15

205/45R17
255/40R17
225/45R17
235/45R17
245/40R17

245/40R18
265/35R18
285/30R18

285/35R20

SIZEUTQGMAX.
LOAD
Max. Inflation PressureTread DepthTire WeightRim Width RangeMeas. Rim WidthSect. WidthTread WidthOverall Diam.Revs. Per Mile 
195/50R15
82V
200 A A1,047 lbs51 psi8/32"20 lbs5.5-7"6"7.9"6.6"22.7"917
205/50R15
86V
200 A A1,168 lbs51 psi8/32"21 lbs5.5-7.5"6.5"8.4"7"23.1"901
195/55R16
87V
200 A A1,201 lbs51 psi8/32"22 lbs5.5-7"6"7.9"7.2"24.4"853
205/45R16
87W
200 A A1,201 lbs50 psi8/32"19 lbs6.5-7.5"7"8.1"7.1"23.2"897
205/50R16
87V
200 A A1,201 lbs51 psi8/32"22 lbs5.5-7.5"6.5"8.4"7.2"24.1"865
205/55R16
91V
200 A A1,356 lbs51 psi8/32"23 lbs5.5-7.5"6.5"8.4"7"24.9"837
225/50R16
92V
200 A A1,389 lbs51 psi8/32"23 lbs6-8"7"9.2"7.6"24.9"837
205/45R17
88W
200 A A1,235 lbs50 psi8/32"21 lbs6.5-7.5"7"8.1"7"24.3"859
215/45R17
91W
200 A A1,356 lbs50 psi8/32"22 lbs7-8"7"8.4"7.2"24.7"845
225/45R17
94W
200 A A1,477 lbs50 psi8/32"23 lbs7-8.5"7.5"8.9"7.6"25"835
235/45R17
94W
200 A A1,477 lbs51 psi8/32"24 lbs7.5-9"8"9.3"7.7"25.4"822
245/40R17
91W
200 A A1,356 lbs51 psi8/32"23 lbs8-9.5"8.5"9.8"8.6"24.7"843
245/45R17
95W
200 A A1,521 lbs51 psi8/32"24 lbs7.5-9"8"9.6"8.2"25.7"812
255/40R17
98W
200 A A1,653 lbs50 psi8/32"25 lbs8.5-10"9"10.2"8.9"25"832
215/40R18
89W
200 A A1,279 lbs50 psi8/32"22 lbs7-8.5"7.5"8.6"7.6"24.8"841
215/40R18
89W
200 A A1,279 lbs50 psi8/32"22 lbs7-8.5"7.5"8.6"7.6"24.8"841
215/45R18
93W

XL


 


200 A A1,433 lbs50 psi8/32"23 lbs7-8"7"8.4"7.3"25.6"813
215/45R18
93W

XL


2017 Production


200 A A1,433 lbs50 psi8/32"23 lbs7-8"7"8.4"7.3"25.6"813
225/40R18
92W

XL


 


200 A A1,389 lbs50 psi8/32"23 lbs7.5-9"8"9.1"7.6"25.1"831
225/45R18
95W

XL


2017 Production


200 A A1,521 lbs50 psi8/32"24 lbs7-8.5"7.5"8.9"7.6"25.9"803
225/45R18
95W

XL


 


200 A A1,521 lbs50 psi8/32"24 lbs7-8.5"7.5"8.9"7.6"25.9"803
225/50R18
95W
200 A A1,521 lbs51 psi8/32"25 lbs6-8"7"9.2"7.6"26.9"775
235/40R18
95W

XL


 


200 A A1,521 lbs50 psi8/32"24 lbs8-9.5"8.5"9.5"8.1"25.4"820
235/45R18
94W
200 A A1,477 lbs51 psi8/32"24 lbs7.5-9"8"9.3"8"26.3"791
245/40R18
97W

XL


 


200 A A1,609 lbs50 psi8/32"25 lbs8-9.5"8.5"9.8"8.6"25.7"810
245/45R18
100W

XL


 


200 A A1,764 lbs50 psi8/32"26 lbs7.5-9"8"9.6"8.2"26.7"782
255/35R18
94W
200 A A1,477 lbs50 psi8/32"25 lbs8.5-10"9"10.2"9.3"25"833
255/40R18
99W

XL


 


200 A A1,709 lbs50 psi8/32"27 lbs8.5-10"9"10.2"8.9"26"801
265/35R18
97W

XL


 


200 A A1,609 lbs50 psi8/32"27 lbs9-10.5"9.5"10.7"9.7"25.3"823
265/45R18
104W

XL


 


200 A A1,984 lbs50 psi8/32"28 lbs8.5-10"9"10.5"8.9"27.4"760
275/35R18
95W
200 A A1,521 lbs51 psi8/32"27 lbs9-11"9.5"10.9"10"25.6"815
285/30R18
93W

SL


 


200 A A1,433 lbs51 psi8/32"27 lbs9.5-10.5"10"11.4"10.3"24.8"841
225/35R19
88W

XL


 


200 A A1,235 lbs50 psi8/32"23 lbs7.5-9"8"9.1"8.3"25.2"825
235/35R19
91W

XL


 


200 A A1,356 lbs50 psi8/32"24 lbs8-9.5"8.5"9.5"8"25.5"818
235/40R19
92W

SL


 


200 A A1,389 lbs51 psi8/32"24 lbs8-9.5"8.5"9.5"8.3"26.4"788
245/35R19
93W

XL


 


200 A A1,433 lbs50 psi8/32"25 lbs8-9.5"8.5"9.8"8.8"25.8"808
245/40R19
98W

XL


 


200 A A1,653 lbs50 psi8/32"28 lbs8-9.5"8.5"9.8"8.6"26.7"779
255/35R19
96W

XL


 


200 A A1,565 lbs50 psi8/32"26 lbs8.5-10"9"10.2"9.3"26"801
265/35R19
98W

XL


 


200 A A1,653 lbs50 psi8/32"27 lbs9-10.5"9.5"10.7"9.6"26.3"791
265/40R19
98W

SL


 


200 A A1,653 lbs51 psi8/32"28 lbs9-10.5"9.5"10.7"9.3"27.4"760
275/35R19
96W

SL


 


200 A A1,565 lbs51 psi8/32"30 lbs9-11"9.5"10.9"10"26.6"784
285/35R19
99W

SL


 


200 A A1,709 lbs51 psi8/32"30 lbs9.5-11"10"11.4"10.1"26.8"775
305/30R19
102W

XL


 


200 A A1,874 lbs50 psi8/32"31 lbs10.5-11.5"11"12.3"11.1"26.2"793
245/35R20
95W

XL


 


200 A A

 


1,521 lbs50 psi8/32"26 lbs8-9.5"8.5"9.8"9.1"26.8"778 
255/40R20
97W


SL



2016 Production


200 A A

 


1,609 lbs51 psi8/32"30 lbs8.5-10"9"10.2"8.9"28"743 
255/40R20
97W


SL


 


200 A A

 


1,609 lbs51 psi8/32"30 lbs8.5-10"9"10.2"8.9"28"743 
285/35R20
100W


SL


 


200 A A

 


1,764 lbs51 psi8/32"32 lbs9.5-11"10"11.4"10.4"27.9"746 

6 COMMENTS

  1. This is my second set of RE-71R tires. I like them. They suit my driving style and habits. They wear well enough and seems to keep their grip over time. My first set still had good traction when I replaced them.

  2. Bought these tires for track use. They’ve performed great in conditions as varied as 30 degrees and snowfall (non on the ground) to 80 degrees and sun. I used a set of Michelin Pilot Super Sports last year. I like these tires better. Great grip in the dry, but still able to handle a wet surface. I highly recommend them.Note: the only street driving I do with this car is to and from the track, and I don’t care about road noise, etc. So take that part of the rating with a grain of salt.

  3. Bought a set a while back for my mustang that is strictly an autoX / track car . Grip is impressive . I have driven them in cold conditions and with a lot of track days in them and once they warm up they still grip . There noisy on the road and wear out quick don’t expect a lot of miles out of them especially if you have a lot of camber and drive hard . My front tires are corded and my rear tires are pretty much bald …. but they still hook up at the autocross and have excellent handling . I haven’t driven them in the rain or any damp conditions . I’ve driven in some other 200 treadwear tires and the 71r is by far the most responsive and grippy . Great tire wish it was a little cheaper but you gotta pay to play .

  4. I am very happy w/ these tires. I use these as track tires almost exclusively. I do drive to an d from the track w/ them as well.On the street they are just ok in the rain. On the track they’re not great but they aren’t meant to be.In the dry I’ve found them to be a very good all round track tire – w/ a very good balance of wear and grip.They appear that they will easily last me a full season of track days (3 events – 8 track days total).

  5. Great tire but man are they noisy. Brand new they sound like my old Michelin Pilot Sports with 12,000 miles on them.

  6. Daily driver 60mi/day interstate, 4 autox, 2 trackdays. very impressed. can get a bit greasy hot lapping. will be trying an alternative tire next just for comparison but will likely return to these, very much enjoying them. I don’t know why others are complaining about road noise, my car got quieter compared to all-seasons. combined with coilovers, fm front bar, and some weight stripping, the car is now genuinely a blast.

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