Motor Trend is reporting in its October 2008 issue that Ford
has decided to delay the Fusion GT
, an EcoBoost-powered super sedan producing upwards of 340
horsepower. The original plan was to have the GT model arrive at the tail end of the current Fusion's
product cycle as a low-volume, super niche send off to the successful mid-sizer before it merges with the European EUCD platform that underpins the Mondeo. The problem is that Ford is planning a big roll-out for EcoBoost engines across its brands and there may not be enough to spare for the Fusion GT. MT is now saying that the Fusion GT will debut around 2012 after the next-generation sedan debuts on the European platform and the automaker's ability to pump out turbocharged, direct-inject engines is up to speed. The good news is that the spiritual successor to the Taurus SHO has not been cancelled altogether, and by 2012 we should be able to drive it.
[Source: Motor Trend