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VIDEO: Test driving Bridgestone's Potenza RE-71R

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PHOENIX — Bridgestone Americas recently offered the media a chance to test drive the latest-generation Potenza RE-71R extreme ultra-high-performance street tire at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix.

The Potenza RE-71R is, according to company officials, an improvement over the Potenza RE11A performance tire, providing better gripping performance and hydro evacuation tread design.

The summer performance tire will be available in 33 sizes from 15- to 19-inch rim diameters in V and W ratings. The tire is targeted at owners of Honda S2000, Mazda Miata and BMW 3 Series, among others.