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Bridgestone Potenza S001

Bridgestone Potenza S001 Review - A Good Buy? [Test Data]

Here are the key stats for the Potenza S001, at a glance.
Key Info - Australia
Vehicle SuitabilityPassenger
Driving StyleMax Performance Summer
Release Date2010
Run Flat?No
Overall Score70/100


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Bridgestone Potenza S001 in Australia

This offering by Bridgestone has been around in Australia for about 14 years. Especially designed for regular passenger (non-SUV) vehicles, it comes in a total of 90 sizes.

This max performance summer tyre is a solid option for those looking for a summer tyre in the premium end of the market. Note that it is not a runflat tyre.

Read on to see how it stacks up against the competition!

How We Reviewed The Potenza S001 Tyres

Unlike the Australian government, the European Union carries out standardised tests on all tyres sold in Europe. These tests are carried out in identical conditions, making them a reliable way to compare tyres.

For this review, we use averaged results from tests done on 72 sizes of the Potenza S001 tyres by the European Union.

We then compare these to the same results for the following similar tyres, also rated for Max Performance Summer usage and sold in Australia.

Fuel Efficiency

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Fuel Efficiency
(A - E)
D0.3L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$68 extra per year

The US Department of Energy estimates that around 25% of the fuel consumption of a vehicle is attributable to the tyres. That's a lot, and it means that choosing fuel efficient tyres can save you quite a bit of money.

The Potenza S001 tyres rank a D on a scale of A to E in the official fuel efficiency tests carried out by the EU (they call these rolling resistance tests).

Relative to an A grade tyre, expect to use an extra 0.3L/100km. This works out to $68 extra spent on petrol per year, based on a typical 12,000 km driven per year.


Here's how the Potenza S001 compares to similar tyres for fuel efficiency (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Based on the comparison tyres we've selected, the Potenza S001 ranked # out of 0 tyres.

Grip & Handling

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Wet Grip
(A - E)
B2.5 metre greater stopping distance when braking at 80km/h

We'll now take a look at how these tyres compare in terms of grip and handling.

A good measure of this is 'wet grip', which is an indication of how well the tyres will allow the vehicle to come to a stop in wet conditions.

The Potenza S001 tyres rank a B on a scale of A to E in the official fuel tests carried out by the EU.

Relative to an A grade tyre, expect these tyres to require about an extra 2.5 metres to come to a complete stop when braking at 80km/h.


Here's how the Potenza S001 compares to similar tyres for wet grip (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

For wet grip, they scored # out of 0 comparison tyres.


EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
(A - C)
B (72 dB)2 times as noisy

Another key factor to consider when choosing a tyre is road noise. Once you're over about 40 km/h, the dominant source of noise you hear is from the contact of your tyres on the road.

There is a surprisingly wide variation in the amount of noise each tyre makes.

The Potenza S001 tyres produce 71.5 dB of road noise, which corresponds to a rank of B on a scale of A to C in the standardised testing done by the EU.

Expect these tyres to produce about 2 times as much noise as an A grade tyre (the decibel scale is logarithmic).


Here's how the Potenza S001 compares to similar tyres for noise (1 = Grade C, 3 = Grade A).

For noise, they ranked # out of 0 comparison tyres.


Based on the results of a number of tyre benchmarks, including those below, the Potenza S001 scores 4 out of 5 for comfort.

  • Top Sport Tires 2020 By Professional Tests
  • Auto Motor und Sport: UHP Summer Tire Test R20
  • TCS: Summer Tire Test R18
  • ADAC: UHP Summer Tire Test R18
  • Auto Bild: Summer Tire Test R18
  • Consumer Reports: Ultra High Performance Summer Tires
  • TireRack: Best in Max Performance Summer


With a UTQG treadwear rating of 280, the Potenza S001 would theoretically last 2.8 times longer than a tyre with a treadwear rating of 100.


The UTQG system measures traction as straight-line braking in dry conditions. The scale is AA, A, B, C, with AA being the best grade, and C the worst.

These tyres score a grade of A.

Temperature Resistance

The UTQG temperature resistance tests measure how well tyres can dissipate heat that builds up due to friction with the road. The scale is A, B, C, with A being the highest grade.

These tyres score a grade of A.


The Potenza S001 tyres have a warranty of 50,000 kilometres.

Comparisons With Similar Tyres

Still undecided as to whether to go with these max performance summer tyres? Check out our data-driven comparisons to similar tyres on the market in Australia!


With an overall rating of 70 out of 100, the Potenza S001 tyres are a solid choice for anyone looking to replace their car rubber with some tyres designed for max performance summer action.

For fuel efficiency, they score a grade of D, which is below average, though this isn't a super important factor.

More important is the wet grip, which gives you an indication of their traction and handling. In this regard, they get a score of B, which is above average.

Finally, for road noise, they receive a B grade, which is about typical.

In terms of data out of the US, they have the following UTQG ratings:

  • Treadwear: 280
  • Traction: A (scale: AA, A, B, C)
  • Temperature Resistance: A (scale: A, B, C)

Full Size List (click to show)

Below is a list of all 90 sizes of the Potenza S001 tyres sold in Australia, sorted by tyre width. Select your preferred size to compare prices across multiple suppliers.

185/55 R15 82V
195/50 R20 93W XL
205/50 R17 89Y
205/45 R17 84W
215/40 R17 87Y XL
215/45 R20 95W XL
215/45 R17 91Y XL
215/40 R17 87W XL
225/40 R18 92Y XL
225/35 R19 88Y XL
225/35 R18 87W XL
225/45 R17 94Y XL
225/50 R17 94W
225/45 R17 94W XL
225/45 R18 95Y XL
225/35 R18 87Y XL
225/40 R19 93W XL
225/40 R19 93Y XL
225/45 R17 91W
225/45 R17 91Y
235/40 R18 95Y XL
235/45 R18 94W
235/55 R17 103W XL
235/40 R19 96W XL
235/55 R17 99V
235/35 R20 88Y
235/45 R18 98W XL
235/35 R20 (88Y)
235/35 R19 91Y XL
235/40 R19 96Y XL
235/45 R19 95W
235/50 R18 97V
235/35 R19 87Y
235/55 R17 99Y
245/50 R18 100Y
245/40 R20 99W XL
245/40 R18 93Y
245/30 R20 90Y XL
245/40 R20 95Y
245/45 R18 100Y XL
245/40 R17 91Y
245/50 R18 100W
245/35 R19 93Y XL
245/40 R20 (95Y)
245/35 R18 92Y XL
245/45 R19 98Y
245/45 R17 95Y
245/40 R19 98Y XL
245/35 R20 91Y
245/45 R19 102Y XL
245/45 R17 95W
245/35 R20 95Y XL
245/40 R18 97Y XL
255/45 R18 99Y
255/45 R18 103Y XL
255/40 R20 (101Y) XL
255/40 R20 101Y XL
255/40 R19 100Y XL
255/30 R19 91Y XL
255/30 R20 92Y XL
255/35 R20 97Y XL
255/45 R17 98Y
255/35 R19 96Y XL
255/40 R18 99Y XL
255/35 R18 94Y XL
265/35 R19 98Y XL
265/35 R18 97Y XL
265/30 R19 93Y XL
265/35 R20 (95Y)
265/35 R20 95Y
265/40 R18 101Y XL
275/40 R19 101Y
275/35 R20 (102Y) XL
275/35 R20 102Y XL
275/30 R20 97Y XL
285/35 R19 99Y
285/35 R18 97Y
285/25 R20 93Y XL
285/30 R20 99Y XL
285/30 R19 98Y XL
295/35 R20 (105Y) XL
295/35 R20 101Y
295/35 R20 (101Y)
295/30 R19 100Y XL
295/35 R20 105Y XL
305/30 R20 (99Y)
305/30 R19 102Y XL
305/30 R19 (102Y) XL
305/25 R20 97Y XL
305/30 R20 99Y
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