When the Ford Focus RS arrives in dealerships next spring, buyers will obviously drive them right away. In fall, however, a few of these hot hatches will be stored for the winter.
This is a mistake: Ford’s engineers took a lot of time to perfect the RS’ AWD system in the snow; this car promises to be ridiculously fun to drive when the weather turns cold.
To convince their customers to try out their cars in the snow, Ford will offer them a set of winter tires.
That’s right. Every Focus RS sold in Canada will get two sets of wheels and tires: four Michelin Sport Cup 2 gumballs on 19-inch wheels for the summer, and four Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 tires on 18-inch wheels painted silver – the latter will helping camouflage the road salt’s colour.
This is the first time an automaker equips a car with snow tires as standard equipment in Canada.
With a size of 225/40R18, the winter tires are a little smaller than the summer units, which will help if you'd want to install chains.