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Old 01-14-2009, 03:59 PM   #1
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The new Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Extreme Performance Summer tire has arrived.

I will have more info in the near future but, I can tell you that this is a North American-spec tire, which is different than the original version already available in Japan. But, before you think that we are getting an inferior product, know that Bridgestone North America has done extensive testing, and has developed a spec that is faster at street tire autocross competition (where the RE-01R has already been very competitive) than both the Potenza RE-01R and the JDP-spec RE-11.

The Potenza RE-11 is an Extreme Performance Summer tire developed for enthusiastic sports car, sports coupe and performance sedan drivers. The Potenza RE-11 is designed to combine traction, handling and driving control with good noise and ride comfort. The Potenza RE-11 is tuned for dry and wet conditions but like all summer tires, it not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.

The Potenza RE-11 is the first Potenza street tire to incorporate Bridgestone's 3D Seamless Stealth technology originally introduced in their Formula 1 and GP2 racing tires. The Potenza RE-11 features an asymmetric tread pattern that combines massive outboard independent shoulder blocks interlocked with a notched circumferential intermediate rib that provides the lateral stiffness needed to enhance steering response and increase dry cornering traction. Inboard, a continuous intermediate rib and notched shoulder rib are separated by wide, straight circumferential grooves that provide water evacuation to resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction.

The tire's internal structure features a custom designed asymmetric shape that helps distribute footprint pressure more evenly by keeping the straighter outboard sidewall from "falling down" while helping the more rounded inboard sidewall resist "falling away" during aggressive cornering. Two wide steel belts reinforced by spirally wound nylon provide strength, uniform ride quality and high-speed capability.

Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tires feature black letter styling and are available in selected 55-, 50-, 45-, 40-, 35-, and 30-series V- or W-speed rated sizes for 15" to 19" wheel diameters.
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:01 PM   #2
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I'm sure you don't have this information yet, but I'll ask anyway. Any ideas on the pricing? Similar to the re-01's or are they going to try and be a bit more competative (bit closer to the Z1 star)? And I guess similarly, when are they actually going to be available?

Also interested to hear how the wet performance is. Though, depending on the timeline and price, I'll probably stick to my decision to get a set of the Direzza Z1 Star Spec for autoxing/summer.
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:35 PM   #3
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tread looks nice.. subscribed for pricing updates..
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Old 01-14-2009, 07:23 PM   #4
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Definitely curious to see how this stacks up to the others. Currently on the RE050A PP (which I'm loving these tires so far), but always willing to see how other tires compare.

Personally, I'd love to see some tests showing these new RE11's vs RE050A PP, RE01R, Direzza Z1 SS, Sumitomo HTRZIII, Kumho XS, Advan Neova's and whatever other tires could / should be included in the evaluation at that time.
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:07 AM   #5
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So are these basically a replacement of the RE070s, or the RE01s Luke?
Equivilent to Falken RT615s and the like?


So the lineup now sits:
RE11 > RE070 > RE001 > RE050A correct?

(lots of questions I know)
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Old 01-15-2009, 02:03 PM   #6
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I will post more info as it becomes available
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Old 01-15-2009, 02:15 PM   #7
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this tire is supposed to be way better then RE01r's so surprised they're already out. I'll be eager to try these out after my dunlops.
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Old 01-15-2009, 02:17 PM   #8
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If I have heard correctly, these are a response to the star specs. For a long time the RE01's were the top tire but then the star specs came along and took that crown away. Now, again this is all hearsay, Bridgestone wants the best street tire back so they reworked the compound and tread to take the #1 spot back from the star spec. I have heard that these are to replace the RE01s as Bridgestone's top street tire.
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:35 PM   #9
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too bad they'll most likely be more expensive than the z1 ss just like the re-01r.
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:51 PM   #10
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too bad they'll most likely be more expensive than the z1 ss just like the re-01r.
exactamundo. I want to grab some SS or these for my first real track season here and want the best bang for your buck as I'll kill them pretty quick I'm sure
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:23 PM   #11
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Luke, thanks for the info.

Do you have any sizes a bit more specific than the 'range' as put in the original article?

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Old 01-15-2009, 10:14 PM   #12
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That's one good looking tire.
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That's one good looking tire.



gawd.....hung up on LOOKS

its a ****ing tire

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Old 01-16-2009, 09:44 AM   #14
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For a long time the RE01's were the top tire but then the star specs came along and took that crown away.
I think the nice people from Yokohama would take issue with that IMHO, having autocrossed on both tires in the same size last year, my "built in 2005" Neovas were better tires than my fresh RE01Rs.

The press release says the RE11s are better than the RE01Rs, but we should all hope they were shooting a little higher than that. I just wish they would release the RE070 in a 245-40-17.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:52 AM   #15
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I think the nice people from Yokohama would take issue with that IMHO, having autocrossed on both tires in the same size last year, my "built in 2005" Neovas were better tires than my fresh RE01Rs.

The press release says the RE11s are better than the RE01Rs, but we should all hope they were shooting a little higher than that. I just wish they would release the RE070 in a 245-40-17.
Couldnt agree more John! That would end all tire debates...for the time being atleast.
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I'll probably end up with some of these.

Subscribing.
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:36 PM   #17
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Looks like they put up the specs on TireRack this morning.

Thanks Luke!

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Old 01-16-2009, 05:35 PM   #18
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gawd.....hung up on LOOKS

its a ****ing tire


What is your problem Scotty? I can't like the way it looks now? I don't buy tires according to how they look. I buy them according to how they perform for my needs. The tires I have now grip quite well, and I didn't buy them because of a certain shape they have (they are round btw). You're starting to bug me with your senseless comments. It seems you might even like me with how you like to post and quote after me. I hoped a 12 year old school girl hacked into your account with all the rolleyes posts you make.
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What is your problem Scotty? I can't like the way it looks now? I don't buy tires according to how they look. I buy them according to how they perform for my needs. The tires I have now grip quite well, and I didn't buy them because of a certain shape they have (they are round btw). You're starting to bug me with your senseless comments. It seems you might even like me with how you like to post and quote after me. I hoped a 12 year old school girl hacked into your account with all the rolleyes posts you make.
shallow narrow people who place so much---TOO MUCH...emphasis on how something looks is one of the reasons our society is on the verge of colapse

I guess this is why so many kiddies think car parts are 'so sexy'

and why so many of these 'wrong fitment' threads get posted

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How did we go from sweet new tires to the downfall of western civilization?
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:57 PM   #21
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^
^ and that didn't answer any question or make much sense.

1. I don't know any kids besides my nephew.
2. There is only a couple of wrong fitment threads.
3. My car has nothing to do with our societies colapse.
4. People make car parts to be bought... which generates a Lush economy.
5. Bridgestone does actually make tires with design/looks in mind.

so what the hell are you talking about?
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Good to see some sizes up. Still anxious to see prices, though I'm guessing it'll be right around where the RE-01s are now, which would still push me towards the the z1 ss.
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Good to see some sizes up. Still anxious to see prices, though I'm guessing it'll be right around where the RE-01s are now, which would still push me towards the the z1 ss.
bingo. i said this in another thread but i'm hoping for 245 and 255 for 17s
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Those are sweet!
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I think the nice people from Yokohama would take issue with that IMHO, having autocrossed on both tires in the same size last year, my "built in 2005" Neovas were better tires than my fresh RE01Rs.

The press release says the RE11s are better than the RE01Rs, but we should all hope they were shooting a little higher than that. I just wish they would release the RE070 in a 245-40-17.
I'd love to see a 245 re070, but with it being what it is, I'd like to just once see the wide for it's size 225 re070 go up against a 245 reo1r or z1 in a comparison. My second set of re070 are toast and I'm having a hard time deciding what to do next when a set of re070 take offs can be had for $400 ish.
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