The tweaks should add some excitement when drivers want to have some extra fun.
The 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport allows customers to enjoy a performance sedan but still be able to haul the whole family inside. When the kids aren’t in the back, mom and dad can have some extra fun by pressing the Sport button on the rotary gear knob. This magical switch transforms the four-door from a cruiser into a meaner machine.
The Sport button retunes seven aspects of the hottest Fusion’s drivetrain. Among the most obvious changes is that the transmission remains in lower gears longer and rev-matches through downshifts when braking. The hardcore setting also increases the dampers’ stiffness, which minimizes body roll when cornering. The steering, throttle, and paddle shift response become quicker, too. Occupants can also notice the difference because of different tuning for the in-cabin noise cancellation, which brings more of the engine's sound inside.
The Sport’s biggest attraction is under the hood where the sport sedan boasts a 2.7-liter EcoBoost biturbo V6 325 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic sends the grunt through an all-wheel-drive system. Fuel economy isn’t the engine’s strong suit though because the Environmental Protection Agency rates it at 26 miles per gallon highway and 17 mpg city.
The V6 Sport starts at $34,350 (after $875 destination) and is the second-most expensive trim in the model’s lineup. It comes with high-end standard equipment, though, including LED headlights and continuously controlled damping, which avoids the judder from hitting a pothole.
The performance sedan is a new addition to the lineup as part of the Fusion’s 2017 model year refresh. The upgrades also result in a much safer vehicle. Recent testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety scored the four-door as a Top Safety Pick+, including much better performance than before in the small overlap front crash test. The agency also rated it as having a Superior front crash prevention tech as long as the models have the automatic braking system.
Gallery: 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport
Seven Ways in Which Ford Fusion V6 Sport Transforms When You Activate Sport Mode
· All-new 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport boasts 325 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. using 93 octane fuel – the most power and torque in its class; enabling sport mode unleashes the car’s maximum performance
· Incorporated in Fusion’s all-new rotary gear shift dial, a sport mode button brings seven character changes that transform a family sedan into a sports sedan
· Adjustments impact steering, shifting, throttle response, suspension and cabin sound
DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 30, 2016 – Fusion V6 Sport is the most powerful midsize family sedan in its class, bringing attributes more commonly found in sports cars than midsize sedans like adaptive suspension and fully-enabled paddle shifters. Its 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine produces a staggering 325 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, and yes, there are styling upgrades inside and out. But perhaps the most exciting feature is that the demeanor of Fusion V6 Sport transforms with the simple touch of a button.
The sport mode button lives at the center of the car’s all-new rotary gear shift dial. Pushing it enables seven dramatic changes that result in maximum performance.
Here’s a rundown of the seven ways in which Ford Fusion V6 Sport transforms into an all-out sports sedan:
Handling: Increases stiffness of the continuously controlled dampers compared to the normal tuning and adds damping under spirited cornering to enhance vehicle responsiveness and minimize body motion.
Powertrain sound: In-cabin noise cancellation is tuned to provide an entertaining in-cabin engine note
Steering: Unique tuning for electric power-assisted steering provides clean, intuitive feel to match enhanced vehicle response
Transmission: Aggressive transmission programming selects lower gears resulting in higher available torque and responsiveness. Gears are held through turns to maximize cornering performance. Downshifts with braking are rev-matched for smoothness and increased engine braking; when stepping off the accelerator, the gear is held to maximize engine braking performance
Engine: Electronic throttle programming revised for responsive feel
Paddle shifters: Shifters behind steering wheel become fully enabled – allowing for complete control of transmission for spirited driving
Cluster: Sport mode icon appears in the cluster
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