Ford hasn’t told us when we’ll see the 2017 Fusion Sport on dealer lots, but it does want us to know how the 325-horsepower sedan alters its character.
The top-shelf performance variant of Ford’s midsize household hauler lets its hair down with the press of a single button, which switches seven settings from “Jekyll” mode to “Hyde.”
Powered by a twin-turbo 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6 creating 325 hp and 380 pounds-feet of torque, Ford bills the all-wheel-drive Fusion Sport as the most powerful car in its class. When announced in June, some would-be buyers of particular German sedans might have observed it as a significantly less-costly alternative.
The automaker released an image today that shows exactly where, and how, the magic occurs. In the center of the new rotary dial shifter lies the sport mode button. When pressed, seven factors take place.Very first, the suspension tightens up, with continuously controlled dampers flattening the sedan in the course of tough cornering. Cabin sound-deadening measures are created to be defeated by the Ecoboost motor (Ford promises an “entertaining” engine note). The steering feedback responds to match the functionality settings, while the sedan’s paddle shifters become completely enabled, leaving the driver in complete handle of gear modifications.
The true news lies in the drivetrain. When in sport mode, the engine quickens throttle response, even though the transmission does every little thing it can to hold reduce gears, particularly during cornering and braking. Downshifts even though braking are rev-matched for smoothness, and the tranny will hold a gear soon after the driver lifts off the accelerator. General, the transmission is “aggressively” programmed to hold decrease gears for maximum torque.
To prime it all off, a sport mode icon also appears in the gauge cluster, which is hardly a setting worth mentioning, Ford. Okay, six vehicle functions that in fact matter will see important adjustments when in sport mode.
The Fusion Sport carries a MSRP of $ 33,475, and is clearly positioned as a performance bargain. Ford hasn’t released a complete list of specifications for the model, which goes on sale sometime this fall.
[Image: Ford Motor Company]