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Ford offers winter tire package for Focus RS

by Justin King

The factory winter wheel package features narrower tires with a smaller diameter to fit snow chains.

Ford has detailed a winter wheel and tire package for the high-performance Focus RS, enabling owners to 'shred snow' with a factory-certified tire kit.

The company's Performance division first had to draft a new set of standards for certifying winter wheels and tires. Engineers then tested a wide variety of tire and wheel setups in Northern Michigan and Sweden to determine the optimum combination for ride, handling and performance.

The test program determined that 225/40R18 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 tires on new 18x7.5-inch wheels proved the best pairing. The tire is narrower and smaller diameter than the standard summer rubber, providing improved snow traction and room for chains. The wheels are clad in a sparkle silver finish to help hide salt residue.

"This tire package allows RS owners to continue spirited driving even in the snow," said Ford Performance chassis supervisor Adam Wirth. "We fully expect our more extreme-weather customers to take advantage of the ability to use snow chains."

Owners can still take advantage of all four drive modes, including the drift setting for the ultimate fun in the snow.

The package is available as a $1,995 option in the US market. It comes standard for customers in Canada.

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