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The Ford Focus RS will be the first car in Canada to offer a standard winter tire and wheel package as a factory accessory.
The Focus RS Winter Wheel & Tire Package will give customers a unique set of wheels and tires, so that owners can enjoy all 350 horsepower even in the snow. The package includes 18×7.5-inch silver-painted wheels matched to 255/40/R18 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 tires, tire pressure monitoring sensors and center caps all fully mounted and balanced. Compared to the standard wheels and tires, the wheel and tire in the winter package are narrower to provide improved traction in the snow. The overall diameter is also smaller, so owners can easily fit chains if necessary.
According to the American automaker, the wheels and tires were put to the test in Norther Michigan and Sweden. Ford’s engineers and technicians tested a wide variety of high-performance winter tire and wheel setups before settling on the combination. Best of all, owners will be able to utilize all four-drive modes to suit their driving style in winter conditions.
“We started this project knowing what our RS customers really want out of their cars,” said Adam Wirth, chassis supervisor, Ford Performance. “This tire package allows RS owners to continue spirited driving even in the snow.”
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