The 2017 Ford Fusion Sport Goes Wild With One Button

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
the 2017 ford fusion sport goes wild with one button

Ford hasn’t told us when we’ll see the 2017 Fusion Sport on dealer lots, but it does want us to know how the 325-horsepower sedan alters its personality.

The top-shelf performance variant of Ford’s midsize family hauler lets its hair down with the press of a single button, which switches seven settings from “Jekyll” mode to “Hyde.”

Powered by a twin-turbo 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6 making 325 hp and 380 pounds-feet of torque, Ford bills the all-wheel-drive Fusion Sport as the most powerful vehicle in its class. When announced in June, some would-be buyers of certain German sedans might have seen it as a less-expensive alternative.

The automaker released an image today that shows where, and how, the magic happens. In the center of the new rotary dial shifter lies the sport mode button. When pressed, seven things happen.

First, the suspension tightens up, with continuously controlled dampers flattening the sedan during hard cornering. Cabin sound-deadening measures are designed to be defeated by the Ecoboost motor (Ford promises an “entertaining” engine note). The steering feedback responds to match the performance settings, while the sedan’s paddle shifters become fully enabled, leaving the driver in full control of gear changes.

The real news lies in the drivetrain. When in sport mode, the engine quickens throttle response, while the transmission does everything it can to hold lower gears, especially during cornering and braking. Downshifts while braking are rev-matched for smoothness, and the tranny will hold a gear after the driver lifts off the accelerator. Overall, the transmission is “aggressively” programmed to hold lower gears for maximum torque.

To top it all off, a sport mode icon also appears in the gauge cluster, which is hardly a setting worth mentioning, Ford. Okay, six vehicle functions that actually matter will see important changes when in sport mode.

The Fusion Sport carries a MSRP of $33,475, and is clearly positioned as a performance bargain. Ford hasn’t released a full list of specifications for the model, which goes on sale sometime this fall.

[Image: Ford Motor Company]

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  • Burgersandbeer Burgersandbeer on Sep 01, 2016

    This story was quite successful and getting clicks and engagement for little work. This sport button basically does the same thing as every other sport button. It would be nice if you had more control of what the button does; for example, maybe I want the changes to the power train but don't want the stiffened suspension.

  • Burgersandbeer Burgersandbeer on Sep 01, 2016

    Why the hell aren't there any reviews of this car if they are already in dealer lots and customer driveways? It seems like something enthusiast sites would pick up on.

    • Adam Tonge Adam Tonge on Sep 01, 2016

      I'll be driving one tomorrow and I'll submit a test drive review to Mark.

  • Teddyc73 Looking forward to this. Hopefully it doesn't succomb to the leftist agenda and only come as an EV. If there is a gasoline version and a decent sized bed I'll consider this to replace my Ram 1500 when the day comes. Please let it be available in colors other than the same boring ones Ram has offered for years.
  • Xidex i haven't even turned the dial to AM since the 90's I think at that time it was only because there is one station i liked was on the AM dial (it is no longer around) Someone had to point to the station otherwise i wouldn't have even scanned the AM dial. I still think the AM dial should be left on radios though, If no one listened to it then there wouldn't be any stations would there.
  • Kwik_Shift I have five AM stations preset, each different from one another in terms of content. Some politics, some day to day, some do it yourselfing or help. Focus is more on local news and events. FM is just about pushing crap music and djs pushing the MSM message for their corporate overlords. FM is about making radio sound exactly the same all over North America. I like ONE FM station that plays different varieties of country music and has an entertaining dj. Overall, to each their own.
  • Kat Laneaux What's the benefits of this as opposed to the Ford or Nissan. Will the mileage be better than the 19 city, 24 hwy? Will it cost less than the average of $60,000? Will it be a hybrid?
  • Johnster Minor quibble. The down-sized full-sized 1980-only Continental (which was available with Town Car and Town Coupe trims) gave up its name in 1981 and became the Town Car. The name "Town Coupe" was never used after the 1980 model year. The 1981 Lincoln Town Car was available with a 2-door body style, but the 2-door Lincoln Town Car was discontinued and not offered for the 1982 model year and never returned to the Lincoln lineup.