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    Snow? Focus RS ain't got time for that!


    Focus RS will be first car in North America to offer a winter tire and wheel option as a factory accessory
    • Focus RS Winter Wheel & Tire Package includes Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 tires, 18-inch silver-painted wheels, tire pressure monitoring sensors, and center caps all fully mounted and balanced
    • Package is certified to Ford Performance standards; arrives at dealerships ready for installation

    DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 17, 2016 – Customers of Ford’s all-new all-wheel-drive 350-horsepower Focus RS will now be able to order a fully certified winter tire kit for great driving enjoyment in the snow.

    The Focus RS Winter Wheel & Tire Package offers customers a unique set of wheels and tires – the first time an original equipment manufacturer is making a check-the-box winter tire option available in North America.

    “We started this project knowing what our RS customers really want out of their cars,” says Adam Wirth, chassis supervisor, Ford Performance. “This tire package allows RS owners to continue spirited driving even in the snow.”

    Ford Performance developed this package so the most demanding Focus customers can be outfitted with optimum equipment for winter conditions. The challenge was that normal vehicle testing procedures require certification with production wheels and tires; winter-only standards had never been authored. To bring this package to owners, the first step Ford Performance had to undertake was creating a new set of standards specifically suited for brutal winter conditions.

    These new standards were put to the test in extreme cold and snow in Northern Michigan and Sweden, to guarantee the quality and performance Ford customers expect. Engineers and technicians tested a wide variety of high-performance winter tire and wheel setups to determine the optimum combination for ride, handling and performance in various wintry conditions.

    The winning setup is a 225/40R18 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 tire mounted to a new 18x7.5-inch wheel, which looks very similar to the base Focus RS option, but is finished in sparkle silver to hide salt spray. The set is complete with tire pressure monitoring sensors and center caps fully mounted and balanced and ready for installation at the dealer.

    The wheel and tire are narrower, to provide improved snow traction, while the overall diameter is smaller, so owners can fit chains if necessary.

    “We fully expect our more extreme-weather customers to take advantage of the ability to use snow chains,” Wirth says a smirk.

    The Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive fitted to Focus RS will take full advantage of these new winter tires.

    “Settings are completely driver-preference,” notes Wirth. “Customers are able to utilize all four drive modes to suit their driving style in winter conditions.”

    Focus RS Winter Wheel & Tire Package is available only in North America – a $1,995 option. For customers in Canada, the package comes standard on Focus RS. The Focus RS arrives at dealerships in North America this spring.

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    Saw this on Autoblog. Also, I think the winter wheel package looks really good on the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raider615 View Post
    Saw this on Autoblog. Also, I think the winter wheel package looks really good on the car.
    And how was their music?

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    Oh FFS...it comes as STANDARD EQUIPMENT FOR CANADIANS?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickJ View Post
    And how was their music?
    Definitely a nice touch
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    Room for chains?! Can you imagine... chasing down snowmobiles and yetis..

    Lets take this ***** to the North pole.

    Quote Originally Posted by Slideways206 View Post
    Oh FFS...it comes as STANDARD EQUIPMENT FOR CANADIANS?!
    They get a better deal than we do in terms of price/standard options as well.
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    Drift mode with chains??? Excuse me Mr. Dealer, my tire chain came loose while I was spinning my car around 115mph and it completely removed my fender liner and most of my brake lines. This is covered under warranty right? You said I could use them and had Ken Block showing me how to drive in the snow...

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    So, no holes on the front means no hole from factory?

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    The winning setup is a 225/40R18 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 tire mounted to a new 18x7.5-inch wheel, which looks very similar to the base Focus RS option, but is finished in sparkle silver to hide salt spray.
    Love this part: I want my winter setup to look good even in the stanky crotch of salty winter.

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    Maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me, but that slo-mo video seems to really show how much the rear's are being overdriven versus the front tires.

    The difference in speed is noticeable (which implies a lot more than 1.8% overdrive that I've seen tossed around so much).

    I suppose the left front could be spinning a way faster than the right (it's an open diff after all), but I'd think that they'd use the brakes to keep them both running about the same speed.

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