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I love the idea behind the Fusion Sport. A torquey twin-turbo v6 and all wheel drive in a family car costing less than $40,000 is right up my alley. The fact that the fusion is considered a run of the mill family car and the sport version only has mild visual differences from the standard Fusion platform puts this guy firmly in the sleeper category.

Back in my high school years I owned a 2nd generation (1993) Ford Taurus SHO. I beat the **** out of that poor car and after the second transmission I ate through I decided to get rid of it, but I'll never forget the fun I had driving around in an unassuming grocery-getter and then blasting the doors off of almost anyone who didn't know any better.

Just the thought of this car gives me that same feeling. I currently own a 2011 Charger R/T (which is currently in the beginning stages of the infamous lifter-roller seize, but that's another story) and it doesn't have that sleeper feel because it isn't a sleeper. It's a charger, well known for the power of the Hemi platform. The fusion is NOT known for being a powerful platform, it's known as a good looking mid-size mid-price sedan with an average powertrain lineup. Taking the fusion and fitting a twin-turbo v6 with all wheel drive in a car that's some 700 lbs lighter than the charger with just 15 less lb/ft of torque (380 in the Fusion vs. 395 in the Charger) and you've got a recipe for a lot of fun!

I'm stuffing my mattress with every extra bit of income I can spare at the moment saving up for the Fusion sport. I really think Ford has been on a roll with the ecoboost platform and it's refreshing to see Ford's meatier engines making it into their commodity car lineups.

Looking forward to the Fusion Sport release! I'm hoping I can get into one late August, if not then late September.



On another unrelated note, I don't quite understand why Ford put the 2.3 4-cyl ecoboost instead of the 2.7 v6 ecoboost in the 2015 Mustang. I think Ford missed an opportunity there :confused:. Also, could you imagine a 2.7 ecoboost Focus?

Look forward to the discussions here!
 

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Yes, the 'sleeper' concept appeals to me as well. Audi has been doing this for years with their S models, both sedans as well as wagons. At one point the S6 sedan had a 435 hp 5.2L V10 engine in it, and didn't look much different from the regular A6. Granted, these are significantly above the $40k price point, which makes the Fusion Sport so much more attractive.
 

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The 2.3L 4 cylinder in the Mustang I think was actually a good idea. It was great for people who wanted a muscle car look with a fuel-efficient engine. The power potential behind those were crazy as well, I've seen a set of guys that re-did the turbo setup on the stock motor and got some serious numbers out of it
 
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