This is a car customers have been asking for – the 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport is a performance sedan unlike anything in the segment, with a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 delivering 325 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque when using 93-octane fuel. The engine is mated to a heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. Power like this vanquishes on-ramp anxiety, and the confidence of all-wheel drive means sure-footed performance in challenging conditions.
Antiroll bars, spring rates and wider tires are tuned for a sporty ride, and are complemented by continuously controlled damping for real-time suspension tuning – from stiff to soft depending on setup and road input. The system also allows for pothole detection, where sensors detect the edge of a pothole and, within milliseconds, change damping rates to reduce the severity of an impact.
Fusion has always been a styling standout, and Fusion V6 Sport takes the look in a new direction, with an aggressive front end with deeper air intakes, gloss black mesh grille, 19-inch tarnished dark wheels, a rear spoiler and quad exhaust outlets.
Accommodations inside take the same bold approach, including leather-trimmed seating and grippy, Miko sueded seat inserts, black headliner, carbon fiber appearance trim, and a modification to the rotary shifter – the letter L for low range changes to S for sport mode.
Pushing the sport mode button sets the car up for maximum performance – steering wheel paddle shifters are fully enabled to control the transmission, shift points are aggressively programmed, throttle response is faster, steering stiffens, continuously controlled damping enters a more aggressive profile, and active noise control is tuned for a much more entertaining in-cabin engine note.