Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Review


Bridgestone POTENZA S04 Pole Position Full - 660x550
Maximum Performance

16"
205/55R16
17"
205/45R17
205/50R17
215/45R17
225/45R17
235/45R17
235/50R17
245/40R17
255/40R17
18"
215/45R18
225/40R18
225/45R18
225/50R18
235/40R18
235/45R18
245/35R18
245/40R18
245/45R18
255/35R18
255/40R18
255/45R18
265/35R18
265/40R18
265/45R18
275/35R18
285/30R18
285/35R18
19"
225/40R19
225/45R19
235/35R19
235/40R19
245/35R19
245/40R19
245/45R19
255/35R19
255/40R19
265/35R19
265/40R19
275/35R19
275/40R19
285/30R19
285/35R19
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305/30R19
20"
245/35R20
245/40R20
255/35R20
275/35R20
285/30R20
295/30R20
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The Good
  • Surprising ride comfort for a max performance tire
  • Incredible traction, handling and braking on wet surfaces
  • High-levels of cornering grip
  • Wears less than you'd expect
The Bad
  • None that stand out
Dry Traction93
Cornering Stability90
Steering Response90
Ride Quality85
Noise84
Wet Performance88
Treadwear72
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If you’re looking to get the most out of your sport car, coupe or sedan, then you need to take a look at the Potenza S-04 Pole Position, Bridgestone’s Max Performance Summer tire.

It’s for spirited drivers who value precision handling and solid performance above all else.

The Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position offers a great blend of wet and dry performance, surprisingly good ride comfort, responsive steering and high-levels of cornering grip. And it’s intent is to lay claim to the throne of the max performance summer tire category.

Very predictable with plenty of grip

The Potenza S-04 Pole Position molds a silica infused tread compound into an aggressive-looking asymmetric tread pattern. Thanks to interlocking center rib and larger outboard tread blocks, along with active rubber inserts in the sidewalls, these tires stick like in glue in the corners. And steering response on dry surfaces and at high speeds is smooth and predictable for unbeatable levels of driving comfort. These tires produce grip that plants your car to the road at all times.

Bridgestone POTENZA S04 Pole Position Tread

For a Max Performance Summer Tire, the Potenza S-04 Pole Position is notably quiet and comfortable. For strength and durability at higher speeds, as well as a more comfortable ride, the internal structure of the Potenza S-04 features two lightweight steel belts supported by a spirally wrapped aramid/nylon cord reinforcement. The Potenza S-04 tends to be a quieter and less harsh ride than its competitors and stability at all speeds is fantastic.

How do they react in the rain?

Well the Potenza S-04 Pole Position offers some of the best wet surface traction in its class. Wet braking has been enhanced with high angle tread blocks in the intermediate ribs while slanted lateral grooves evacuate water into wide circumferential grooves to help resist hydroplaning.They travel through puddles smoothly and cornering in the wet is especially impressive. So rainfall and standing water won’t put a stop to your fun. The Potenza S-04 Pole Position provides excellent overall wet performance that’s just like driving in the dry. They accelerate quickly from a standstill and cornering in the wet is especially impressive.

Just give the Potenza S-04 Pole Position time to warm up and you’ll find yourself pushing your car to the absolute limit of its capabilities.

The Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position is available in sizes ranging from 16 to 20 inches, all of which carry a Y-speed rating, with prices starting at $165 depending on size.

Tread wear is good for a max performance summer tire, however, Bridgestone don’t offer any tread life warranty on the Potenza S-04 Pole Position.

Performance wise, they’re neck and neck with the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, but cheaper. They work wonders on the track while still being suitable for some spirited daily driving.

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Author: Cian Kelly

I'm a 23 year old driving addict, car fanatic and writer. I spend most my time rallying around the wet roads of the Irish countryside and producing engaging and informative content for local car dealers.

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