We know the 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport is packing a lot of heat as the automaker has already revealed the vehicle’s engine and specs. Now, Ford tells us that the Fusion V6’s sport mode will transform seven drive attributes when activated.
The model’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 is capable of producing 325 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, so long as you use 93 octane fuel, and a 6-speed, paddle-shifted automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels. It’ll also have a new rotary gear shift dial with a sport mode button incorporated into the middle of it.
At the simple push of a button, drivers can put the car into sport mode which will instantaneously change how the car drives in seven ways.
Handling: The continuously controlled dampers will become stiffer with increased damping while cornering to reduce body roll and improve the car’s responsiveness.
Powertrain Sound: Noise cancellation in the cabin will be decreased so more of that sweet engine sound will filter in.
Steering: Adaptive Steering System is tuned to provide a “clean, intuitive feel”.
Transmission: Gears are held longer and won’t shift while the car is cornering. Downshifts are rev-matched under braking to optimize smoothness and when the throttle isn’t depressed, gears are held which results in more engine braking force.
Engine: Electronic throttle programming changed for better response.
Paddle Shifters: Steering wheel paddle shifters become fully active, giving the driver complete control over the transmission.
Cluster: A “Sport” icon spears on the dash cluster.
All this for a starting price of $34,350 including an $875 destination charge.