Finally – Ford realizes that the ancient Pirelli tires used on Mustang GTs for the last several years are not state of the art. We’ve had those P Zeros on several cars from the factory, and we are not impressed by the way they age.
Michelin Pilot Super Sports, however, we are in absolute awe of. We’ve even retrofitted them to several cars, all with impressive results (particularly on our Boss 302). We trust that the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires will be just as impressive.
They say that “tires make the car” and it’s true. They is the sole contact point with the road and are the critical element for traction, turning, ride and braking – one that if wrong can then become a dangerous single point of failure. Kudos to Ford for making the right decision here and with the best tires. And double kudos for finally making magnetorheological shocks as a $1695 option on both the V-8 and EcoBoost 4 Mustangs. These are the ultimate shocks, and they are now offered in combination with the ultimate tires.
Ford Press Release follows:
Look Forward to Next Summer with 2018 Ford Mustang GT and New High-Performance Summer Tires
Oct 17, 2017 | DEARBORN, Mich.
- New Ford Mustang GT features Michelin Pilot Sport 4S 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
Summer might now be in the rearview mirror, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the next one.
•New Ford Mustang GT features Michelin Pilot Sport 4S 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 4S 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 4S 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 4S 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.