This hyper hatchback, on POTENZA RE-71RS, is a practical performer that fulfils family duties and trackway hobbies alike.


Louis chose the POTENZA RE-71RS, Bridgestone’s street legal and circuit driving tyre, in the tyre sizes 235/40 R18 for his Mercedes-Benz AMG A45.

If you have a love for cars, you can either buy a car and modify it to your taste and requirements, or you can do what Louis did and buy a fully decked-out sports hatch right out of the factory.

His Mercedes-Benz AMG A45 is one of the most powerful hatchbacks in the world. Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that produces 360 bhp, it also has racing-inspired exterior and interior styling that will surely wow any car nut.

“I was looking for something that had the z, without me having to do anything much to it in terms of modifications.” 

 The car comes factory-fitted with an aero kit, aero spoiler and racing seats. Not to mention, an eye-watering performance that will see the car accelerate from 0-100 in 4.5 seconds.

Performance aside, Louis also placed practicality as a high priority in choosing a car.

perfect ride for me

“I’ve been driving the car for about two years now. While I enjoy the performance, the A45 also has the space to serve as a family car, making it the perfect ride for me,” he adds.

One of the challenges in running a sports car on a daily basis is reliability. High wear and tear on parts can often plague owners. So having a performance car manufactured by a renowned brand like Mercedes also gave Louis the peace of mind when taking the car out to the circuit for track days.

a daily street tyre, also performs very well on the track

“That’s also the reason why I chose the POTENZA RE-71RS. While it’s a relatively new tyre, it has been very reliable for me and enables me to use it as a daily street tyre, but also performs very well on the track.” Louis reveals.

With 360 bhp and 450 Nm of torque in the AMG A45, holding all that power down to the road is no easy feat. But for Louis, the grippy performance provided by the Bridgestone POTENZA RE-71RS is always up to the task.

“The tyres always give me confidence. Be it when I’m driving on both wet or dry surfaces, once I put the power down, the car is always stable and the tyres give me the confidence I need.”

Seeing how happy Louis is with the set of RE-71RS he’s been using for the past year, we can’t help but wonder if he will stick to these tyres in the future when he needs a change. As if he could read our minds, Louis immediately rounds up our chat by sharing that he would.

street legal and circuit driving tyres

“Compared to other street legal and circuit driving tyres I’ve tried before. the RE-71RS are better and I will definitely come back and use them again!”