Best Tires for Your Ford Focus ST

When Ford decided to bring the Focus ST to the United States, VW GTI and other hatchback owners finally had an American option. The Focus ST offers a lot of fun and performance at a very affordable price. At nearly 250 horsepower and 266 lb-ft. of torque, the ST packs quite a punch. ST owners will be looking for ways to enhance the performance and capabilities of this turbocharged pocket rocket. As we know, tires are an easy way to accomplish this.

Right off the assembly line, the ST comes with a very nice tire. As far as an Original Equipment tire goes, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 was a smart choice by Ford. This is a Max Performance Summer tire that does a nice job transferring all that power straight to the pavement. Are there better tires out there? Yes, let's take a look.

If you want to keep a super sticky summer tire on the ST and improve upon the O.E. Goodyear, then go with either the Michelin Pilot Super Sport or Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position. These tires rank first and second in the Max Performance Summer category. Both options receive high marks in almost every category, including cornering stability, steering response and ride comfort.

Maybe you're in a climate where you'll need or want an all-season tire. After all, if those Goodyears wore out too soon, moving to an all-season tire typically gives you more treadlife. If that sounds like something you'd prefer, I would suggest the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. This has been our top-rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tire for quite awhile.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super
Bridgestone Potenza S04 Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole
Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact

All these tires are available in the stock size, however if you want to go with a slightly more aggressive size, there's no problem stepping up to a 245/40R18. Shop by vehicle to find all tire options for your Ford Focus ST.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by Kamil Swiech

Well what about the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11?
Thursday, February 18, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Kamil, The Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 is an excellent Extreme Performance Summer tire, whereas the models mentioned in the blog are Max Performance Summer tires. The Bridgestone RE-11 is designed to provide crisper handling on dry pavement and is a popular choice for auto crossing. It will wear faster because the rubber compound is softer. Max Performance tires will provide better wet traction and are better suited for street performance.

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