The Ford Fusion V6 Sport has just been unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show... it promises to add significant punch to the Blue Oval's family sedan
Ford unveiled two new versions of its Fusion sedan in Detroit. There's a hybrid model, but the real head turner is this performance derivative. It's called the V6 Sport and features a twin-turbocharged 2.7-litre V6 engine, as well as all-wheel drive. Ford's claiming the new Fusion V6 Sport "was engineered to leave other family sedans in the dust".
"Fusion offers people a lot more car, including helpful technology, beautiful design and a more rewarding driving experience than other mid-size sedans," said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and chief technical officer, Global Product Development.
This choice of engine for the V6 Sport is particularly interesting as there were numerous options available (such as the 2.3-litre EcoBoost from the Focus RS/Mustang). However, Ford developed the twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, which is claimed to produce peak outputs of around 242kW and 475Nm, from scratch. Performance figures aren't available, but we'd estimate the V6 Sport could reach 100 kph from standstill in around five and a half seconds.
The rest of the vehicle is tuned for performance driving and the continuously-controlled damping promises sure-footed handling: the V6 Sport scans the road ahead and detects imperfections and quickly adjusts the shock absorbers to soften the impact. The exterior of the car has the show to match the go; there are numerous go-faster bits bolted on.
There is, inter alia, a bigger Aston-like grille, 19-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler as well as quad exhaust tips. In terms of onboard technology, the vehicle will be equipped with Ford's SYNC 3, something which we looked at here.