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Bridgestone Potenza Sport vs Michelin Pilot Sport 4S

Bridgestone Potenza Sport vs Michelin Pilot Sport 4S [2024]

Here are the key stats for the Bridgestone Potenza Sport and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, at a glance.
Potenza SportPilot Sport 4S
Vehicle SuitabilityPassengerPassenger
Driving StyleUltra High Performance SummerMax Performance Summer
SeasonSummerSummer
Release Date20212017
Run Flat?NoNo
Overall Score83/10086/100

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Bridgestone Potenza Sport vs Michelin Pilot Sport 4S in Australia

The Potenza Sport has been around in Australia for about 3 years, whereas the Pilot Sport 4S has been on the market for about 7 years

The Potenza Sport is rated for ultra high performance summer action, however the Pilot Sport 4S tyres are classified as max performance summer. Both tyres are designed for use with regular passenger (non-SUV) vehicles.

Both of these are considered summer tyres. Neither of them are runflat tyres. Both brands are considered to be in the premium part of the market.

Read on to see how each of these tyres stack up against each other!

How We Reviewed These 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 260 sizes of these tyres by the European Union.

Fuel Efficiency

EU Grade
(A - E)
Compared to an A grade tyre?
Potenza SportC0.2L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$60 extra per year
Pilot Sport 4SC0.2L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$57 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 Sport tyres rank a C on a scale of A to E in the official fuel efficiency tests carried out by the EU (they call these rolling resistance tests).

The Pilot Sport 4S tyres get a grade of C

As their fuel efficiency grade is the same, expect negligible differences in fuel consumption between them.

Here's a graph comparing the Potenza Sport and Pilot Sport 4S tyres for fuel efficiency (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Grip & Handling

EU Grade
(A - E)
Compared to an A grade tyre?
Potenza SportAThis is an A grade tyre for wet grip
Pilot Sport 4SAThis is an A grade tyre for wet grip

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 Sport tyres rank a A on a scale of A to E in the official fuel tests carried out by the EU.

The Pilot Sport 4S tyres, on the other hand, get a grade of A.

As their wet grip grade is the same, expect negligible differences in terms of braking distance.

Here's a graph comparing the Potenza Sport and Pilot Sport 4S tyres for wet grip (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Noise

EU Grade
(A - C)
Compared to an A grade tyre?
Potenza SportB (72.3 dB)2 times as noisy
Pilot Sport 4SB (71.8 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 Sport tyres produce 72.3 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.

On the other hand, the Pilot Sport 4S tyres produce 71.8 dB of road noise, which means a grade of B.

As their noise grade is the same, don't expect many differences in terms of cabin noise.

Here's a visual representation of how the Potenza Sport and Pilot Sport 4S tyres stack up for noise (1 = Grade C, 3 = Grade A).

Comfort

Based on the results of a number of tyre benchmarks, the Potenza Sport scores 3 out of 5 for comfort and the Pilot Sport 4S scores 5 out of 5.

UTQG Data

Introduced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the USA, the Uniform Tire Grading System (UTQG), is a system for comparing one tyre product to another on the basis of some standardised tests.

Potenza SportPilot Sport 4S
Treadwear300300
Traction
(AA - C)
AAAA
Temperature Resistance
(A - C)
AA

Treadwear

As per the UTQG guidelines, the Potenza Sport tyres have a treadwear rating of 300, whereas the Pilot Sport 4S tyres have a rating of 300. This means that the Potenza Sport tyres will theoretically last 1.0 times as long as the Pilot Sport 4S tyres.

Traction

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.

As per the UTQG system, the Potenza Sport tyres have a traction grading of AA, whereas the Pilot Sport 4S tyres have a grading of AA.

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.

As per the UTQG system of tyre grading, the Potenza Sport tyres have a temperature resistance grading of A, whereas the Pilot Sport 4S tyres have a grading of A (on a scale of A, B, C).

Warranty

The Pilot Sport 4S tyres have a warranty of 6 years. There is no time-based warranty available for the Potenza Sport.

In terms of distance, the Potenza Sport tyres have a warranty of 50,000 kilometres. There is no distance based warranty available for the Pilot Sport 4S.

Comparisons With Similar Tyres

Still on the fence about these tyres? Check out how they compare to other similar tyres on the market in Australia!

Summary

Let's now take a look at the main differences between these two sets of tyres.

All in all, the Potenza Sport tyres get a score of 83 out of 100, while the Pilot Sport 4S tyres get a score of 86 out of 100.

For fuel efficiency, Potenza Sport score a grade of C, which is more or less average. Pilot Sport 4S end up with a grade of C, which is more or less average.

More important is the wet grip, which gives you an indication of their traction and handling. In this regard, Potenza Sport get a score of A, which is outstanding. Pilot Sport 4S end up with a grade of A, which is outstanding.

More important is the wet grip, which gives you an indication of their traction and handling. In this regard, Potenza Sport get a score of B, which is about typical. Pilot Sport 4S end up with a grade of B, which is about typical.

The Potenza Sport tyres have a UTQG treadwear rating of 300, whereas the Pilot Sport 4S tyres have a rating of 300.This means that you can expect the Potenza Sport to last 1.0 times as long as the Pilot Sport 4S tyres.

The Potenza Sport have a UTQG traction grading of AA, while the Pilot Sport 4S tyres having a grading of AA.

The Potenza Sport have a UTQG temperature grading of A, while the Pilot Sport 4S tyres having a grading of A.

Full Size List (click to show)

Below is a list of all 87 sizes of the Potenza Sport, and all 229 sizes of the Pilot Sport 4S tyres sold in Australia, sorted by tyre width.

Potenza Sport Sizes

Size
205/45 R17
215/40 R17
215/45 R17
215/45 R18
225/35 R19
225/50 R17
225/35 R18
225/45 R18
225/40 R18
225/40 R19
225/45 R19
225/55 R17
225/45 R17
225/50 R18
235/50 R18
235/55 R19
235/40 R18
235/40 R20
235/35 R20
235/40 R19
235/35 R19
235/45 R18
245/40 R19
245/35 R20
245/40 R20
245/35 R21
245/45 R20
245/35 R19
245/45 R19
245/40 R18
245/35 R18
245/30 R20
245/45 R18
245/50 R18
245/40 R17
255/45 R18
255/40 R18
255/30 R20
255/40 R20
255/35 R19
255/30 R19
255/35 R20
255/50 R19
255/45 R20
255/40 R19
255/45 R19
265/40 R18
265/30 R19
265/50 R19
265/40 R19
265/35 R19
265/45 R20
265/40 R20
265/40 R21
265/35 R20
265/35 R18
265/30 R20
265/45 R18
275/50 R20
275/40 R19
275/40 R18
275/45 R18
275/45 R20
275/35 R18
275/40 R20
275/30 R20
275/35 R19
275/30 R19
275/35 R20
285/35 R22
285/30 R20
285/45 R19
285/40 R22
285/40 R19
285/30 R19
285/35 R19
285/40 R21
285/35 R20
285/30 R21
295/30 R20
295/40 R20
295/35 R20
295/35 R21
295/30 R19
305/30 R20
305/30 R19
315/35 R20

Pilot Sport 4S Sizes

Size
215/45 R17 91Y XL
215/35 R18 84Y XL
215/35 R18 (84Y) XL
215/45 R20 95Y
215/45 R20 (95Y) XL
225/35 R20 90Y XL
225/40 R19 93Y XL
225/35 R19 88Y XL
225/40 R19 (93Y) XL
225/45 R18 95Y XL
225/50 R18 99Y XL
225/35 R19 (88Y) XL
225/40 R18 (92Y) XL
225/50 R17 98Y XL
225/45 R19 96Y XL
225/35 R20 (90Y) XL
225/45 R17 94Y XL
225/45 R19 (96Y) XL
225/40 R18 92Y
235/45 R17 97Y XL
235/50 R18 101Y XL
235/35 R20 (92Y) XL
235/45 R18 98Y XL
235/30 R20 (88Y) XL
235/45 R20 100Y XL
235/30 R20 88Y XL
235/40 R20 (96Y) XL
235/40 R19 (96Y) XL
235/40 R18 (95Y) XL
235/40 R20 96Y
235/40 R18 95Y XL
235/35 R20 92Y XL
235/45 R20 (100Y) XL
235/35 R19 (91Y) XL
235/40 R19 96Y XL
235/35 R19 91Y XL
245/40 R21 (100Y) XL
245/35 R19 (93Y) XL
245/40 R19 (98Y) XL
245/30 R19 (89Y) XL
245/30 R20 (90Y) XL
245/30 R21 (91Y) XL
245/30 R22 (92Y) XL
245/45 R20 103Y XL
245/40 R19 98Y XL
245/35 R20 95Y XL
245/35 R19 93Y XL
245/35 R21 96Y XL
245/35 R18 92Y XL
245/45 R19 102Y XL
245/45 R17 99Y XL
245/30 R20 90Y XL
245/45 R18 100Y XL
245/35 R20 (95Y) XL
245/30 R21 91Y XL
245/40 R18 97Y XL
245/45 R20 (103Y) XL
245/40 R20 99Y XL
245/30 R19 89Y XL
245/40 R17 95Y XL
245/40 R20 (99Y) XL
245/35 R21 (96Y) XL
255/40 R21 (105Y) XL
255/45 R20 105Y XL
255/30 R22 95Y XL
255/40 R19 100Y XL
255/30 R20 92Y XL
255/35 R21 98Y XL
255/30 R20 (92Y) XL
255/40 R19 (100Y) XL
255/40 R21 102Y XL
255/35 R22 (99Y) XL
255/35 R19 (96Y) XL
255/30 R22 (95Y) XL
255/35 R21 (98Y) XL
255/30 R19 91Y XL
255/40 R20 101Y XL
255/30 R21 93Y XL
255/45 R20 (105Y) XL
255/35 R19 (92Y)
255/30 R19 (91Y) XL
255/35 R19 92Y
255/40 R20 (101Y) XL
255/35 R19 96Y XL
255/40 R21 (102Y) XL
255/35 R20 (97Y) XL
255/35 R18 94Y XL
255/35 R20 97Y XL
255/30 R21 (93Y) XL
265/35 R20 99Y XL
265/35 R20 (99Y) XL
265/35 R22 (102Y) XL
265/40 R20 (104Y) XL
265/40 R21 105Y XL
265/35 R21 101Y XL
265/30 R19 93Y XL
265/30 R21 96Y XL
265/35 R19 98Y XL
265/40 R20 104Y XL
265/30 R20 94Y XL
265/40 R19 (102Y) XL
265/35 R21 (101Y) XL
265/35 R19 (98Y) XL
265/30 R21 (96Y) XL
265/40 R22 (106Y) XL
265/40 R22 106Y XL
265/35 R22 102Y XL
265/30 R20 (94Y) XL
265/35 R20 (102Y) XL
265/30 R19 (93Y) XL
265/40 R19 102Y XL
265/40 R21 (105Y) XL
275/40 R22 107Y XL
275/40 R22 (107Y) XL
275/35 R20 102Y XL
275/35 R19 96Y
275/35 R18 99Y XL
275/40 R20 (106Y) XL
275/30 R20 97Y XL
275/35 R21 103Y XL
275/35 R19 100Y XL
275/25 R21 92Y XL
275/30 R21 98Y XL
275/30 R21 (98Y) XL
275/40 R22 108Y XL
275/30 R20 (97Y) XL
275/35 R20 (102Y) XL
275/40 R22 (108Y) XL
275/40 R19 (105Y) XL
275/35 R19 (96Y)
275/35 R21 (103Y) XL
275/30 R19 96Y XL
275/35 R19 (100Y) XL
275/40 R20 106Y XL
275/25 R21 (92Y) XL
275/30 R19 (96Y) XL
275/35 R22 (104Y) XL
275/40 R19 105Y XL
285/30 R20 99Y XL
285/25 R20 93Y XL
285/25 R20 (93Y) XL
285/30 R20 (99Y) XL
285/25 R22 (95Y) XL
285/35 R19 103Y XL
285/30 R19 98Y XL
285/30 R22 (101Y) XL
285/40 R22 (110Y) XL
285/40 R23 111Y XL
285/40 R22 110Y XL
285/40 R18 (105Y) XL
285/35 R21 (108Y) XL
285/35 R22 (106Y) XL
285/35 R19 (103Y) XL
285/35 R22 106Y XL
285/30 R22 101Y XL
285/35 R20 (104Y) XL
285/30 R21 (100Y) XL
285/35 R20 104Y XL
285/30 R21 100Y XL
285/40 R23 (111Y) XL
285/30 R19 (98Y) XL
285/35 R18 101Y XL
295/30 R18 98Y XL
295/25 R20 (95Y) XL
295/35 R19 104Y XL
295/30 R20 (101Y) XL
295/35 R20 (105Y) XL
295/35 R21 (107Y) XL
295/35 R22 108Y XL
295/25 R21 (96Y) XL
295/25 R19 (94Y) XL
295/35 R22 (108Y) XL
295/30 R21 (102Y) XL
295/25 R22 (97Y) XL
295/25 R21 96Y XL
295/30 R21 102Y XL
295/35 R20 105Y XL
295/45 R18 (112Y) XL
295/25 R20 95Y XL
295/35 R19 (104Y) XL
295/30 R19 (100Y) XL
295/30 R18 (98Y) XL
295/25 R22 97Y XL
295/30 R20 101Y XL
295/30 R19 100Y XL
295/35 R21 107Y XL
305/35 R20 (104Y)
305/25 R20 (97Y) XL
305/30 R21 104Y XL
305/30 R20 103Y XL
305/30 R19 102Y XL
305/30 R20 (103Y) XL
305/30 R19 (102Y) XL
305/25 R21 (98Y) XL
305/25 R20 97Y XL
305/25 R21 98Y XL
305/35 R20 104Y
305/30 R21 (104Y) XL
305/35 R20 (107Y) XL
315/30 R20 (104Y) XL
315/30 R22 (107Y) XL
315/30 R19 (104Y) XL
315/30 R23 (108Y) XL
315/35 R20 (110Y) XL
315/30 R20 104Y XL
315/30 R22 107Y XL
315/30 R21 105Y XL
315/30 R21 (105Y) XL
325/30 R21 108Y XL
325/25 R20 (101Y) XL
325/30 R19 (105Y) XL
325/25 R21 102Y XL
325/25 R21 (102Y) XL
325/25 R20 101Y XL
325/35 R23 (115Y) XL
325/35 R23 115Y XL
325/30 R21 (108Y) XL
325/35 R22 (114Y) XL
325/35 R22 114Y
325/30 R19 105Y XL
335/25 R22 105Y
335/25 R22 (105Y) XL
345/30 R20 106Y XL
345/30 R20 (106Y)
355/30 R19 (110Y) XL
355/25 R21 (107Y) XL
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