• Jul 7, 2008
"The poor man's Audi S4." That's what Motor Trend is tentatively dubbing the Ford Fusion GT, an EcoBoost-powered, SVT-massaged version of the automaker's staid sedan. According to the buff book, Ford will equip the Fusion GT with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, producing around 340 hp, still short of the engines 415 hp capabilities. Instead of trying to shovel that much grunt through the front wheels, Ford will tap Haldex to supply a part-time all-wheel-drive system to aid grip and limit torque steer, and it's possible that a paddle-shifted six-speed auto 'box could be part of the package.
The Fusion GT would be the fourth model to benefit from Ford's line of EcoBoost engines, which currently power the Lincoln MKS, Ford Flex and forthcoming Lincoln MKR. Four-cylinder versions are in the pipeline and are expected to power the entry-level Fusion in 2010, along with a high-performance version of the Focus and another version of the Edge crossover. EcoBoosted sixes are also rumored to be motivating Ford's downsized F100 pickup, but according to MT, a blown V6 for the next Mustang is on hold.

[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      It's about time Ford did something to help the Fusion in the Horsepower department. I would have been satisfied with just 260 bhp, but 340 is okay, too. I still would like to see Shelby, Saleen and Roush do something with the Fusion as well. I remember Steeda promising a hot-rod Fusion, but nothing ever surfaced.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why isn't it called the Fusion SHO?

      This sounds like a poor man's S4 (more like A6 2.7T) in more ways than one. Slathering all that drivetrain on will make the mpg rather lousy, ensuring the poor man who buys it will remain a poor man.
        • 6 Years Ago
        god forbid they actually bring the Focus RS over here... no, they have to develop a "hot" version of a current sedan instead.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The first and second generation SHOs were powered by a 220HP Yamaha designed V6. The third generation SHOs were powered by a 235HP Yamaha designed V8.

        The SHO is a Taurus, not a Fusion. You wouldn't start making Mustang Talladegas, would you? No, even though a Torino occupied the same market segment as the Mustang, back in the 60s and 70s, it was specific to the Torino, NOT the Mustang.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because it isn't a Yamaha powered Taurus. That's why.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There were two Taurus SHOs, only one was Yamaha powered. And the Fusion is the same market segment as the Taurus, just tries to be sportier.

        The name pairing seems like a natural to me.

        But put a stick in it, unlike the 2nd Taurus SHO, okay?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Both the V6 and V8 SHO's were Yamaha collaborations.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LS2LS7,

        Not simply modified by Yamaha, but completely built and tuned by Yamaha in Japan using a Ford supplied Duratec block. Then the completed engines were sent back here for installation into the cars. The block may be Ford but everything that makes that engine a SHO is due to Yamaha.

        It's a Yamaha engine, just admit it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        to Joe - sorry, my post should've read "God forbid they actually bring the Focus RS over here in a time frame that actually means Americans will still be interested in it...

        Ford saying that they will finally grace our shores with the new Focus sometime in 2010 or 2011 is insulting, and the fact that performance versions follow a few years after the initial release means we're not seeing an RS or an ST till 2012 or 2013. Yup, I'm glad that Ford's spending their time trying to make a sporty version of the Fusion, instead of trying to get their new, smaller, more fun-to-drive vehicles here on a faster timeline (looking at you, Fiesta and Focus). Yay, go Ford!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually LS2LS7, the Fusion is in the midsize sedan segment while the Taurus is now a full-size car. Yes, I know, the Taurus used to be a mid-sizer, but then it got replaced by the Fusion. The Taurus is just a rebadged 500.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LS2LS7: The Gen3 SHO was NOT a Duratec engine. It was a Yamaha engine from start to finish. The Duratec engine and the Yamaha engine are completely different. The only similarities they shared in those years was they both used the AX4N Transmission, but even those had different bolt patterns.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's about time Ford did something to help the Fusion in the Horsepower department. I would have been satisfied with just 260 bhp, but 340 is okay, too. I still would like to see Shelby, Saleen and Roush do something with the Fusion as well. I remember Steeda promising a hot-rod Fusion, but nothing ever surfaced.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Best Idea I've heard all day.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They are also working on a Ford Escape Hybrid that gets 88 MPG, however I believe as of point its just a prototype. http://www.thegreenmotorist.com/index.php/ford-escape-prototype-gets-88-mpg/
      • 6 Years Ago
      Flex doesn't have ecoboost yet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Vintage said "It kinda sucks to be powerful, inefficient, and heavy."

      ****
      Like a Subaru SVX? - 17/24mpg, 3400lbs, 240hp
        • 6 Years Ago
        So why does the Lincoln MKS get the exact same mileage while carrying over 500lbs of more fat while making 30 extra horses?
      Michael D.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I had posted some of this on another blog/site, but I wanted to repost it appropriately here, as well:

      That is going to be one HOT version of the Fusion! That’ll have some decent power-to-weight and of course, it will have to be AWD (as will any other Ford front-drive-bias models) to maintain the power, torque and demands. I could also see an Eco-Boost four as an additional offering and it would be a hit with the tuner crowd. A GT Focus, especially with the next-generation being common with the well-coveted Euro-version will be a major hit, especially with tuner crowds - the ECO-Boost four is said to put out some 275-280hp!

      I also wonder if it’s Lincoln MKZ sibling will also get an Eco-Boost V6? An Eco-Boost four would be out of place in a Lincoln-branded vehicle. If this is the case, with a speculated Eco-Boost powered MKZ, an MKS on deck, if an MKT (Flex-based) vehicle hits the market, with an Eco-Boost version of that, and - what I question in the above article/post, an MKR (could this be the production version of the MKR concept being Ford comfirmed a RWD program in development, of was it a typo and it meant to state MKT, the Flex sibling, also an Eco-Boost recipient), if so, this will truly be a line of Hot-Rod Lincolns - especially with an even higher-end Eco-Boost V6 pumping out 415hp and a possible similar torque (important for launch) number!!

      One other thing - wouldn’t an Eco-Boost V6 find a home into the upcoming redesigned Taurus, as well? I can state that it would also be the best Taurus SHO ever if a limited/halo version hit the market with the 415hp Eco-Boost!

      Back to main point: a GT (or SVT) Fusion will be a hell of an addition to the line-up and a boost for the line-up’s image!

      Also of note: It states that the Eco-Boost Mustang is on hold - Yes, it could have been a nice addition and a hit-version for the tuner-crowd, too, but I understand that a new 5.0 V8 will succeed the 4.6L and that should more than satisfy for the time being. I feel that the base V6 in the Mustang, with 210hp (in the mid-to-late 1990s that would have been hot), is barely mediocre at best, especially by today's standards, and it should have the 3.5L Duratec as entry.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why are this wasting their time with performance cars!? It sounds like a fun car, no doubt. Can't they release a Fusion or Focus with a 2.0L or smaller with ecoboost.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, it'll be 2.5L...the 2.3L is being retired.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The next gen Fusion is rumored to be getting a 2.3L Ecoboost with power coming in 1round 250-270.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does anyone know anything about the EcoBoost engine?

      This engine is being created to offer performance but also pretty good mileage with that power.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Destined to be every bit as successful as the SVT Contour, IMHO.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "200HP was normal or even sporty for a car that size 10 years ago, it will likely have to be so again."

      1998 Contour SVT 195hp. Not a lot of motor, heckuva a lot of fun.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd be lying if I claim disinterest in this rumored trim, yet I also feel that I could settle for a responsive sedan of the SVT Contour's mein, an end a force-inducted (~200 hp) I4 version of the Fusion could lend the means to. Because fond as I've become of my '03 CL-S, it has only managed to supplement the enjoyment had from the feedback provided by my '95 Civic LX 5-speed. . .
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