Proving that it has what it takes for leading high-performance cars such as Audi TT, BMW Z8 and Mercedes, this tyre is now available on the replacement market. Precision handling, greater manoeuvrability and superb traction come together to improve top sports performance. In other words, complete control with no compromise on comfort.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union, under CE 1222/2009, has mandated that all tyres manufactured after the date of July 1 2012 for cars and commercial vehicles include standard EU Tyre Labels classifying them by three performance characteristics:fuel efficiency classified from A to G,wet grip classified from A to G, and noise emission in decibels.
Categories of tyres unaffected by this regulation include: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing/sports car tyres, as well as certain types of tyres designed to improve traction such as studded tyres, T-type temporary spare tyres, tyres for cars built before 1990, tyres with a maximum allowed speed of 80km/h, tyres for rims with a diameter less or equal to 254 mm or greater or equal to 635 mm. This label is intended on one hand to promote economic and ecological efficiency in traffic, as well as increase road safety, and on the other hand to help consumers select appropriate tyres by ensuring a certain degree of product transparency.
Nevertheless, the label has been criticized for only showing a very limited number of characteristics. Professionals argue that tyres have many more features that are important and relevant to road safety, including but not limited to aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, product properties on wet and dry roads other than wet grip, properties on snow. Tyre manufacturers suggest that the test results from various institutions and industry magazines should remain a very important source of information for the end consumer, because they focus on and rate a wide variety of tyre properties and features.
Bridgestone Potenza RE 040 tyre review
Average based on 33 test results
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14.09.2014fromOrmond Smith A performance tyre fitted as o/e to the BMW - very good tyre wear coupled with excellent grip in wet or dry. The only criticsim being a low profike tyre is the noise level but small price to pay for all the benefits!
20.06.2010fromqwerty Very good tyre with good grip even with 2-3mm. Unfortunately to noisy when to worn.
18.11.2009fromP Cooksley Very "hard" and uncompromising tyre. Grip in damp/wet conditions poor. Uncomfortable ride especially on country roads.
24.07.2009fromIain 1st Class tyres in both performance and durability. 24000 miles out the Fronts !