Available as part of the car’s Performance package, the new rubber contributes to strong acceleration.
Buyers who equip their 2018 Ford Mustang GT with its optional Performance package will have an extra helping hand to put all 460 raging horsepower to the ground. The car will come with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, helping the car rocket to 60 miles per hour in “under” four seconds.
Michelin introduced the Pilot Sport 4S tire publicly in January at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. A replacement for the popular Pilot Super Sport, Michelin said the tire will provide high-performance grip levels in the wet and dry, while offering a 30,000-mile warranty.
On the Mustang GT Performance package, the 4S tire will be fitted in staggered sizes, with 255/40R19s in front and 275/40R19s in back. Ford engineers used lessons from the GT supercar and Shelby GT350 to work with Michelin on this specific version of the tire.
“We took everything we learned at the track, including feedback from professional drivers, to create a tire custom-tuned for Mustang GT,” Gary Swingle, Michelin tire engineer, said in a statement.
The 2015-2017 Mustang GT used the Pirelli P-Zero tire.
Ford says that no other car sold in the U.S. currently offers the 4S rubber as standard equipment (though it is available for sale in the aftermarket in 35 different sizes). Genesis plans to offer the 4S tire here on its 2019 G70 sports sedan, which arrives in spring 2018. The 4S tire will be available on the new BMW M5 overseas, though U.S. availability hasn’t yet been confirmed.
Other key features on the 4S tire include a “deep rim protector,” where rubber sticks out past the wheel’s lip to protect your alloys from curb damage; and a “bi-compound” design where the outer edges of the tire are optimized for dry grip and the inner parts have a new elastomer/silica blend meant to improve wet performance.
The 2018 Ford Mustang GT packs a 5.0-liter V8 with the aforementioned 460 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque, which Ford promises will enable that sub-four-second sprint to 60 – when the car is equipped with its optional 10-speed automatic transmission.
The GT Performance Package is a $3,995 option that also bundles Brembo six-piston front brakes, upgraded springs, a strut-tower brace, a limited-slip differential, unique ABS/stability control tuning, and various other chassis tweaks. The standard 2018 Ford Mustang GT coupe starts at $35,095 before destination and options.
The Mustang EcoBoost also has its own Performance package, but Ford says the 4S tire will not be offered on it. The car’s turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four engine makes 310 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.
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Look Forward to Next Summer with 2018 Ford Mustang GT and New High-Performance Summer Tires
- New Ford Mustang GT features Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S high-performance summer tires designed for optimal wet and dry grip, braking distance and lateral handling performance
- Pilot Sport 4S tires make mass-market North American debut on 2018 Mustang GT
- Tires available as part of Mustang GT Performance Package, available this fall
DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 16, 2017 – Summer might now be in the rearview mirror, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the next one.
Ford and Michelin engineers took learnings from the Ford GT supercar and Shelby GT350® Mustang to develop a custom Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S high-performance summer tire designed for optimal wet and dry grip, braking distance and lateral handling performance.
“We took everything we learned at the track, including feedback from professional drivers, to create a tire custom-tuned for Mustang GT,” said Gary Swingle, Michelin tire engineer.
Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires have been fitted for some of the top performance cars in Europe, and will make their mass-market North American debut on Mustang GT. Sized 275/40-19 for the rear and 255/40-19 for the front, the rubber helps the car achieve a record sub-four-second 0-60 mph time to go along with its available drag mode and 10-speed automatic transmission.
A variety of factors make the Pilot Sport 4 S tire uniquely tuned for Mustang. An ultra-reactive tread pattern adapts continuously to the road, and a hybrid belt of aramid and nylon ensures optimum transmission of steering input to the road.
A hybrid elastomer forms its outer rib and delivers exceptional dry grip to help relieve stress under hard cornering. A middle rib, along with an inner rib with a new mix of functional elastomers and silica, delivers excellent wet grip for improved braking. The tires feature a premium look, using a velvet effect to accentuate graphics on the outer wall.