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Coyote-Powered Ford Fusion Is The Four-Door Mustang We Deserve: Video

We’ve been hearing it a lot lately – the American sedan is dead. It’s a sad thing to admit for those who love the ease-of-use and practicality of the four-door body style, but demand the spirit of the U.S. under the hood. Luckily, where there’s a will, there’s a way, as evidenced by this Coyote-powered Ford Fusion.

Coming to us courtesy of the Hoonigan crew, this custom Ford Fusion packs a whopping five liters of displacement and eight cylinders of fury, all of which is sent directly to the rear axle. The result, as we find out, is spectacular.

Outside, this machine is a 2016 Ford Fusion with a lowered stance, new wheels, blacked-out lights, and a few stickers and stripes. Inside, things look a little more serious with the stripped-out, bare metal and caged-up interior. Take a gander under the skin, though, and the full seriousness of the situation is revealed.

As we find out, this particular Ford Fusion is rocking naturally aspirated Coyote V8 power. The lump in question is a Gen II unit, the same engine that can be found in the 2015 to 2017 Ford Mustang, with mild upgrades to make it all work. While the owner has yet to dyno it, output is estimated at 450 horsepower, all of which is fed to a TR6060 six-speed transmission from a 2007 Shelby Mustang GT500. And while originally AWD, this Ford Fusion is now RWD for drift events.

Even more impressive is the fact that owner Matt Soppa built it his garage.

“Six months before I bought the car, I was just looking at the subframe between the Fusion and the Mustang, and the suspension design is pretty much identical. So I bought the car, bought a complete IRS [independent rear suspension] dropout, and the rear subframe mounts lined right up, and the fronts, I made little adapters, they were like an inch and a half off,” Soppa explains.

And oh yeah –  it’s got straight pipes, so it’s really flippin’ loud too. True to Hoonigan tradition, the boys put the hammer down for some fun time skids. Which goes really well! Until it doesn’t, that is.

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Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

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  1. R.A. Pennington

    This could have been the 21st century equivalent of the Pontiac GTO. V-8 performance sedans like the Dodge Charger are popular. Why not see Ford and GM get in on the fun?

    1. Shaun

      I’d be more inclined to say it closer to the G8 GT/GXP.

  2. Steve J

    Yeah totally agree R.A Pennington. A 4 door Mustang/Thunderbird was/could still be out there.
    As for “that” Pontiac GTO, it was just a Holden with a CHEV not Pontiac V8 in it.
    Just as the Pontiac Trans Am is just a complete clone of a Chev Camaro, with a different badge on the front.

  3. vbondjr1

    This is something ford should have done a while ago. A Fusion sized 5.0L V8 RWD sedan would have blown Dodge out of the water. A better Advertised Alpha Platform Chevy RWD Sedan would have done the same. Car companies and those idiotic engineers think that everyone wants hybrid FWD vehicles and SUV versions of fuel efficient compact cars. There are alot of people who really want a decent RWD V8 Muscle sedan from both Ford and GM and the would sell.

  4. Ford Owner

    Ford and all of its “bean counters” have betrayed the American customers, abandoning the midsized sedan to all the imports! The Fusion is a superb model, and its hybrid version has outsold the Toyota Prius many times per month. Why are they so idiotic? If Ford can keep the Mustang, why can’t they keep the Fusion which outsells the Mustang? Lincoln is still selling the MKZ and the Continental, both based on the Fusion.

  5. fpvfan

    This could have been a gold mine for Ford, and honestly it could still be. Ford has the new CD6 platform and a bunch of ecoboost engines. If Ford wanted to, it wouldn’t even need to put the 5.0L V8 under the hood of the Fusion to be this much fun. Ford could redo the Fusion on the CD6 platform and make it Rear wheel drive based and throw in engines like the 350hp/350tq 2.3L, the 400hp/415tq 3.0L, a 450hp/510tq 3.5L and a super high output 660hp/550tq with an AWD system, along with chassis and suspension upgrades from the Mustang GT PP2, the GT350 and the GT500 along with the 10-speed auto and 7-speed DCT. Fit that with a slightly revised exterior, a Focus RS inspired interior with Recaro seats, a digital dash a nice sized 10″ infotainment screen, B&O stereo, active exhaust and a few other things and this car would sell amazingly.


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