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The ultra-high performance product with an asymmetrical profile for the sports oriented car. The perfect tyre for the sporty, demanding driver in wet and dry conditions. Suitable for a wide range of models, from super sports cars such as the Enzo Ferrari, to popular models like the new Golf.
It offers high performance with a good level of comfort and low noise
In certain sizes it is available as a runflat
State of the art driving precision from Formula One technology
The European Union has introduced the EU Tyre Label by Regulation (No. 1222/2009) identically and bindingly for all EU member states. It applies to passenger car tyres, light commercial vehicle tyres and heavy commercial vehicle tyres produced after 01.07.2012.
Three different areas are tested: rolling resistance, wet grip and the rolling noise the tyre makes on the road.
The following are not affected by the EU Tyre Label: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing tyres, tyres with additional devices to improve traction such as spiked tyres, T-type emergency tyres, special tyres for fitting to vehicles first registered before 1 October 1990, tyres with a maximum authorised speed of 80 km/h, tyres for rims with a nominal diameter of 254 mm or less or 635 mm or more.
With this regulation, the European Union is pursuing the goal of promoting economic and ecological efficiency in road traffic as well as increasing road safety on the one hand, and on the other hand, granting consumers more product transparency and at the same time serving as an active decision-making aid.
Already during the incorporation, experts criticise the fact that the EU Tyre Label unfortunately only shows a few product characteristics. Apart from rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise, which are the main focus of EU tyre labelling, tyres have much more important and safety-relevant product characteristics, such as aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, braking properties on dry and wet roads, behaviour in wintry conditions, etc.
Tyre manufacturers point out that test results from various institutions and journals remain an important information medium for the end consumer. These tests usually focus on further safety-relevant product characteristics besides the EU standard qualifications for tyre labelling, which are always important for the final customer.
PotenzaRE050ARFT tyre review
Average based on 298 test results
Grip in dry conditions
Braking in dry conditions
Grip in wet conditions
Braking in wet conditions
Grip in snow
Internal noise level
18.10.2014fromMe Utter rubbish- they are basically like a budget tyre but with a premium name complete waste of money
12.04.2012fromGöran Especially for this kind o tire very good comfort and noise levels, even on coarse road surfaces (like in Sweden).
21.10.2010fromSix Degrees Rubbish! Having run various tyres from budget to high performance these come near the bottom of the list. I ran them in non-RFT form on a Golf R32 and they were mediocre at best but they came standard on the BMW so didn't have a choice. They are very hard and crash about quite lot, they tramline something terrible and traction control light comes on over speed bumps (<10 mph) and on hard cornering - all in the dry! Now, in the wet they are almost lethal. No grip in the corners, wheels spin when pulling off the lights even if you slip the clutch. You only have to visit a few BMW forums or other tyre review sites to read that these comments / concerns are common across the range of BMWs. Avoid these tyres.... I think BMW have switched to Conti's now as I didn't see any of them on the new BMWs at the dealer ship and that's a good thing!
17.05.2010fromOrphy They last but the grip suffers - I expect a tyre to be softer. Good levels of grip but give up too quickly on a track (too hard). Any water on the road and you feel more like on ski - this is probably due to the size, rather than the tyre itself. Good all rounders. Very strong - any non-RFT would give up on pot holes. I will never go back to non-run flats - first class technology, tested with no pressure during a BMW event - brilliant! I highly recommend the RFT for any enthusiastic driver with a powerful car. Those with comfort in mind should look elsewhere.