At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit back in January, Ford introduced the world to its answer to calls for a performance-oriented Fusion ST sedan: the 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport.
We guess that’ll do, Ford. Close enough.
Since then, we haven’t heard much about the new Fusion V6 Sport – just that it ships with a 325-horsepower, 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, Ford’s “Intelligent AWD” system, and continuously-controlled dampers that can even help the car sort of “glide” over potholes. But a new release from Ford Motor Company goes into some detail with regard to the new Fusion’s aptly-named “Sport” driving mode, which transforms numerous attributes to maximize performance and satisfaction – much like the Focus RS’ “Drift” mode, only with fewer police sirens.
With a simple twist of the 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport’s rotary gear-select knob, says Ford, the driver can put the car into Sport mode, which results in seven instantaneous changes:
- The electronic throttle programming is altered to provide better response.
- Noise-cancellation in the cabin is dialed-back to let the driver enjoy the engine noise.
- The Adaptive Steering System tuning is changed to provide “clean, intuitive feel.
- Wheel-mounted paddle shifters become fully active, allowing complete manual control of the transmission.
- The continuously-controlled dampers stiffen, enabling more responsive handling with less body-roll.
- The tuning of the transmission is completely transformed to hold gears longer and keep from shifting during cornering. In manual mode, downshifts are automatically rev-matched under braking for optimal smoothness, and gears are held when the throttle isn’t depressed, resulting in more engine-braking force.
- A “Sport” mode icon is present on the dash cluster.
The 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport is available now, with pricing starting at $34,350 including destination.