- Good traction.
- Predictable dry and wet road handling.
Tyres came with the car. I feel let down by Toyota's choice of wheel sizes for the MR2 which means I have a choice of Potenzas RE40 or a couple of models from Yokohama. Feel like I'm stuck with the Bridgestones unless I decide to change the wheels altogether. The tyres are average overall; good points are: 1. Progressiveness - grip bleeds away quite smoothly and, also due to the car itself, all slides are controllable and no tankslapping occurrs when the tyres find grip again, quite happy with that. 2. Dry grip - nothing outstanding but good grip from the puny 185/55 15s in the front, very little understeer (again, partially due to the car itself) good grip on braking, surprisingly hard to break traction at the rear (but again, the car is largely responsible for this - not enough torque). 3. Comfort - or one side of it - Potenzas have a far stiffer sidewall that Toyo T1-Rs I had on my previous MR2 (pre - facelift) but are still quite comfortable, good response and very little thudding or thumping. Bad points: 1. Wet grip - not very bad, but not impressive either. Tyres remain progressive and easy to judge but outright grip just isn't there, especially at the front which tends to wash wide. 2. Wear - rate of wear is quite poor, considering that the car weighs less than a ton. I do tend to make tyres work quite hard, though. What's really disappinting is performance degradation. I'm close to 3 mil mark now on the rears and the handling is pretty desperate, rear floating around like it's nobody's business. The car just feels unsafe. 3. Comfort - much as the tyres complement the suspension well, they are loud. Tyre rumble actually starts to drown out wind noise around 70mph mark which is unacceptable on a
Very good tire at all road conditions. No weakness at dry,wet or cornering. Problem is very noisy tire, if comfort is important and your car isolation is not perfect replace them with a low noise tire immidiately.
inherited these on the front of my secondhand mazda 6 sport - very noisy, tramlining dreadful particularly in slippery conditions - just replaced at 16000 miles, probably could have gotten another 3-4000 miles out of them but they were spoiling the driving for me and they were starting to look at bit fatigued - chose goodyear efficient grip performance and its like driving on clouds - just joyful! would never have bought these in the first place being a self confessed michelin fan but having driven on them for 18 months I cant recommend them at all