2018 Ford Mustang GT comes with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires as standard

Article by Christian A., on October 19, 2017

The new 2018 Ford Mustang GT, when equipped with its optional Performance package, will be able to produce 460 horsepower. It also comes fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires that help it sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in just under four seconds.

It was earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show when we first saw the Pilot Sport 4S tires, which had been introduced as a replacement of the popular Pilot Super Sport. The tire manufacturer also said that the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires not only offer a 30,000-mile warranty, but also provide high performance grip levels in whatever road condition.

The Mustang GT Performance pack will be getting a pair of 255/40R19s up front, and a pair of 275/40R19s in the back. Ford engineers worked with Michelin to come up with this specific version of the tire.

Gary Swingle, Michelin tire engineer, said that the engineers also learned from the GT supercar and Shelby GT350 while developing these custom Mustang GT tires, which included feedback from professional drivers. Just for reference, the 2015 - 2017 Mustang used Pirelli P-Zero tires.

The 4S rubber currently does not come standard in any vehicle in the United States, but it is available in the aftermarket segment in 35 different sizes. In other countries, the 4S tires will soon be available on the new BMW M5, while in the US, this will soon be available in the Genesis 2019 G70 sports sedan that will come out next year.

The 4S tires aren’t just about good grip. They feature a “deep rim protector” that ensures to protect the alloy wheels from curb damage - thanks to the rubber that sticks out of the wheel’s lip. The bi-compound design, on the other hand, have parts that help with the grip on dry and wet surfaces - making it perfect for all-year round use.

Under the 2018 Ford Mustang GT’s hood is a 5.0 liter V8 with 460 horsepower and 420 pound feet of torque. When equipped with its 10-speed automatic gearbox, Ford promises a sub-four second performance when it does the sprint. Needless to say, that is quite an impressive number.

The new 2018 Ford Mustang GT Coupe has a starting price of $35,095, and if you would like the GT Performance package, that will be another $3,995 option that comes with Brembo brakes, upgraded springs, a limited-slip differential, unique ABS/stability control tuning, and other chassis tweaks.

As for the Mustang EcoBoost, it gets its own Performance package, but without the 4S tire. Under the hood, is a 310 horsepower 2.3 liter inline four engine, and a torque of 350 pound-feet.

Press Release

Look Forward to Next Summer with 2018 Ford Mustang GT and New High-Performance Summer Tires

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.

Source: Ford

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