Finding the right tyre for your car goes beyond just picking the correct size. Numerous manufacturers produce a variety of options with unique benefits and detriments. Not all tyres are created equal, and a new video pits the recently launched Bridgestone Potenza Race tyre against two other family members – the Potenza Sport and the Potenza RE-71RS.

The Potenza Sport is the mainstream tyre in this test. It’s the one tyre designed for most people and most driving situations, competing with the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres. The Potenza Race is the sportier of the two, blending the experience of the Sport and the RE-71RS into one tyre.

The Potenza Sport provided crisp and dynamic steering in the Honda Civic Si without much road noise. However, it felt sluggish compared to the Potenza Race tyre during the test, according to reviewer Jonathan Benson.

Benson was initially disappointed in the Race tyre, a Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rival, because it felt sluggish at speeds under 20 miles per hour but came alive at 30 mph and above. It was difficult for him to find anything about the tyre to criticise because Bridgestone kept the noise, vibration, and harshness in check compared to the Potenza Sport without significantly sacrificing comfort.

The European Union label backs this up, with the Race tyre having a slightly lower decibel rating than the Sport. The Race tyres are as comfy as the Sport, with a bit more stiffness when driving over harsher road imperfections.

According to Benson, the Potenza RE-71RS was lovely to drive but also the worst on the road. It’s a bit much for everyday driving, as Bridgestone designed the tyre to maximise lap times even if it’s road-legal.

The Potenza Sport isn’t the best tyre for the track because it doesn’t like being pushed hard but it is usable. It’s quick to heat up, which leads to slower lap times and increased degradation. It took some time on the track before the Potenza Race tyres heated up, but it delivered a pleasant driving experience. The RE-71RS was also quick to heat up and fast on the track.