If we didn’t know for sure before, we know for certain now. Ford really does mean business when it comes to the new 2017 Fusion Sport.
We know this because Ford’s just announced the model will offer a very impressive 380 pound-feet of torque. And yes that puts it right in line to go after the Germans, which is exactly what Ford has in mind.
The automaker calls the new Fusion Sport an “all-out assault on more expensive German sport sedans” and by that Ford means it’s gunning for the BMW 535i, Audi A6 3.0T, and Mercedes E400.
First, there’s performance. The Fusion Sport will make 325-horses thanks to a new 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, which we knew already. And yes, the just-announced 380 pound-feet of torque is a game changer. By the numbers, that’s five more horsepower and 50 more pound-feet than a BMW 340i.
The other huge factor here is the price. The Fusion Sport will start at just under 34,000, and that’s with standard all-wheel drive. With a price like this no wonder Ford thinks that it can convert BMW buyers. It starts just a hair more than the base BMW 320i which sells for $34,145 and only gets 180-horses.
Ford first teased the Fusion Sport at the Detroit Auto Show this past January. It follows on the success of the Explorer and Edge Sport models. The Explorer Sport jumped in sales 103 percent from 2013 to 2015. That contrasts sharply to the standard Explorer sales. They only went up 24 percent during that same time. The Edge Sport also got an uptick in sales of 62 percent while the standard Edge remained the same in sales.
We should also note the new Fusion Sport could do more than cause trouble for the Germans. It could also cause some sales troubles for its sister brand. It beats the Lincoln MKZ in terms of money to power ratio. The MKZ starts at $43,575 and only packs 75 more horses at 400-horsepower. The Fusion could also turn out to be the final blow to the current Ford Taurus SHO. It starts at $40,275 and only gets 365-horsepower.
The 2017 Fusion Sport is expected on dealer lots by the end of the summer.
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