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What Happens When You Put The 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport In ‘Sport Mode’

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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.

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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.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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