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Our tests examine the difference in performance between tyres in extreme conditions. In daily driving you probably won’t notice it, but how your tyres perform in an emergency or wet conditions is when the difference really counts. Our tests are performed by a trained driver under controlled conditions on a closed track.
Overall score is calculated from wet cornering (30%), wet braking (30%), dry cornering (20%) and dry braking (20%).
Cornering assesses how well the tyres keep the test car in a set lane at speeds of 80km/h and 85km/h in dry conditions, and 75km/h and 80km/h in wet conditions. We use a right-hand corner with a radius of 55m. The tyres are tested twice in differing orders.
Braking measures the distance it takes to come to a complete standstill in emergency braking tests from driving speeds of 50km/h and 80km/h in both dry and wet conditions.
Rolling resistance measures the distance it takes to roll to a stop from a starting speed of 25km/h. This is completed 5 times, and the shortest and longest measured distances are discarded. The 3 remaining measured distances are then averaged.
Noise (where listed) is measured at head level while driving on coarse-chip seal. Where 2 measures are given, they are at 50km/h and 80km/h.
Price is per tyre (including fitting and balancing). The price guide is drawn from online prices, RRPs and quotes from tyre fitters.
10 May 2018, Chris W.
Product use: 6 months or more
I've got these on both my cars.
225/50 R16 on my 1994 Mazda RX7.
205/55 R16 on my 2003 Mazda 6.
The RE003 is an excellent tyre and good value for money. Grip is great wet and dry. They are very predictable.
On track at Hampton Downs and Taupo the tyres go well for road tyres and are safe in wet conditions. They overheat after 4 or 5 hard laps, which is normal for a road tyre. After 5 track days the tyres still have plenty of tread and grip.
Buy RE003 if you want:
A high performance tyre for all year road use and don't mind extra
To do track laps in any weather without changing sets.
Don't buy the RE003 if:
You don't need high performance tyres and want low road noise. When my wagon's set wears out I'll be changing them for a quieter tyre like a Bridgestone Turanza.
You want a proper track day tyre, go for Dunlop Z2, Bridgestone RE71R or similar.
Maybe, it depends on what you're after.
29 Dec 2017, Alan O.
Product use: 6 months or more
Fitted Bridgestone RE003's as a replacement for the OEM Bridgestone RE50A (no longer available). The RE003's offer better ride characteristics, slight softer but the overall handling is excellent. Well priced and often on special. Great tyres., and should wear better than the OEM fitment, which lasted only 25K km of mainly city driving.
A little more tyre roar on smooth tarmac than RE50A on the Subaru. Rim protector on casing is pretty thin and doesn't do it's job.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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