It used to be that substantial drive and torque figures requested a ridiculous premium. The times of 350-strength Chevrolet Corvettes and Porsche 911s are a distant memory, and the new Ford Fusion Sport is the latest case of that fact. Stats? 325 strength and 380 pound-feet of torque (on 93 octaves). From a Fusion.
Yes, the Fusion is at long last worthy of its Sport badging, thanks to its 2.7-liter, twin-turbocharged V6. That’s five more drive and 50 more pound-feet than a BMW 340i. What’s more, it’s one serious lot more than the naturally aspirated V6 from the Toyota Camry SE or turbocharged fours off the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima. Not at all like its mainstream competition, Ford matched the Fusion’s six-speed automatic transmission to a standard all-wheel-drive system, so it ought to be anything but difficult to put all that shutdown. Ford hasn’t distributed execution figures yet, but in the event that the Fusion Sport takes more than around five seconds to hit 60, it stuns us.
But power isn’t the Fusion Sport’s exclusive trump card – there’s additionally the cost. At just $34,350, it’s a staggering execution deal. It’s not a BMW, but the starting figure is just a smidge more than the $34,145 320i – that’s the base 180-hp show – and it’s $12,445 not exactly the 340i. Things are surprisingly better when you start ticking option boxes, in light of the fact that a very much prepared Fusion Sport – navigation, adaptive voyage control, vented seats, 19-inch wheels, and double zone climate control – is accessible for under $40,000 ($39,855, as per the online configuraton). Presently, let’s not be senseless – we don’t realistically expect the Fusion Sport to match the 340i in each dynamic metric. But in the event that all you care about is a straight-line grunt (and that’s sufficiently likely for most Americans), the Ford is an amusing deal.
So yes, the Fusion Sport is set to bring about all way of cerebral pains for both premium and mainstream competitors. But it’s additionally going to bring about issues for Ford. After all, when you can catch a 325-hp, 380 lb-ft Fusion for under $35,000, is there truly an incentive to purchase the all-wheel-drive, 400-strength Lincoln MKZ for $43,575? We’d contend not generally, particularly since you can stack out the Fusion and still spare a couple of thousand bucks contrasted with the hot pole Lincoln. It’s a comparative story with the maturing Ford Taurus SHO. The Fusion is more affordable than the $41,150 Taurus, and the power relinquish is much littler than it is with the MKZ.
Goodness, and in case you’re still experiencing serious difficulties your head around the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6’s energy output, think about it like this – the last Fusion Sport, from 2012, had a naturally aspirated V6 with just 263 hp and 249 lb-ft of torque. What’s more, with ratings of 17 mpg in the city and 26 on the interstate, the new turbo Sport is slightly more fuel efficient. It is a great time to be alive.
The 2017 Fusion Sport will land in merchants at the finish of this mid-year.