I just realized that my review of the RE-11s never made it here....silly Millhouse!
Brand and Model of Tire: Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
Size of Tire: 205/50R15
Class of Tire: Extreme Performance Summer
Treadwear Rating: 180
Traction Rating: A
Heat Rating: A
Speed Rating: V (149mph)
Max Load: 1168lbs
Max Pressure: 51psi
Pressure You Run:
AutoX: Cold 38F/37R - Warm: 42F/42R (thanks to my driving style)
Tread Depth (in): 9/32"
Tire Weight: 21lbs
Rim Size you use: 15x7"
Section Width: 8.4"
Tread Width: 7.6"
Country of Origin: Japan
Image of the Tread:
Note: My driving style varies depending on conditions. I drive fairly tamely on the street, but I AutoCross the car at least twice a month during the Spring/Summer/Fall months, so my tires do see a LOT of use at the limit.
Please rate, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfect and 1 being abysmal, the following characteristics of the tire being reviewed.
For the most part, these ratings are for greater than 5/32" tread remaining.
Would you buy this tire again?: 9
Hydroplane Resistance: 6
Wet Traction: 8
Cornering Stability: 9.5
Dry Traction: 9.9
Steering Response: 9.5
Light Snow Traction: 1
Deep Snow Traction: n/a
Ice Traction: n/a
Ride Comfort: 7
Noise Comfort: 6
These tires are not meant to last a long time. The treadwear rating is 180, which means they will typically last about 20,000 miles with average use. If you autocross or do track days with them, the expected life will of course be less. I personally used about half of the tires in the 2009 season doing autocrosses and driving them on the street. I also drove the tires to the TI Dragon Run and did a couple of Enduros on them. All in all, I put about 12,000 street miles, 60 typical autocross runs, 5x 5 minute enduro autocross runs and a test & tune day of autocrossing on them, and they've still got half the tread left. I'd say they wear pretty darn well for an Extreme Performance tire.
As far as grip and traction levels go, they are unsurpassed by anything I've ever driven on, and that includes the old school Kumho Victoracer R-Compound tires. These Bridgestones grip HARD. I am easily able to sustain 0.90 lateral G in a skidpad test with these tires and I have stock springs/shocks with a Type-R rear sway bar.
If you're looking for a tire to run during the summer months only, since they just plain don't work in very cold weather or snow, and are looking for a tire that will not compromise, this is the tire to get.
I have now run these tires for one and a half autocross seasons, have put an additional 6,000 miles and have a total of about 120 autocross runs on them, including an all-day Evolution Performance Driving school Autocross School where I had 30 AutoX runs on a single, rather cold 44 degree day, so the tires cooled very quickly and heat cycled rapidly.
I am currently sitting at 2/32" tread (at the wear bars) in the rear and 1/32" tread in the front (below the wear bars). I am going to re-rate the pertinent factors at this tread level.
Would you buy this tire again?: (If cost were not a consideration?) 9
Hydroplane Resistance: (at 1-2/32" tread): 2.5
Wet Traction: (with no standing water, just wet pavement): 7
Wet Traction: (with standing water, or flowing water): 5
Cornering Stability: 8.9
Dry Traction: 9.1
Steering Response: 9.1
Light Snow Traction: n/a
Deep Snow Traction: n/a
Ice Traction: n/a
Ride Comfort: 6
Noise Comfort: 4 (these have gotten LOUD since they got heat cycled out)
Treadwear: 7 (still stands, because I'm very happy that I was able to get ~18,000 miles + ~120 autocross runs out of these, compounded with all of the hot-weather distance driving I've done.)
All in all, I'd have to say these tires held up very very well considering the abuse I've put them through. They're ready for replacement, and if they were the same price they were two months ago, I would buy another set in a heartbeat. Unfortunately for me, my finances are tight, and the price has risen nearly $25/tire in the last two months, and that's $100 I can't really spare at the moment.
They have fallen off significantly in terms of wet traction, hydroplane resistance and standing water performance, however, with only 1/32" of tread remaining in the front, that's not hard to comprehend as to why. They have also gotten significantly louder as the tread wore down and they went through so many heat cycles.
I'd have to say they're pretty much heat cycled out at this point, but once I get them warmed up again, they still grip well on dry pavement. Cold traction is definitely compromised as well as wet traction at this point in their life, and I will be replacing them soon.