2017 Ford Fusion Sport: What's In Store For SHO Enthusiasts

Dec 28, 2016 05:04 AM EST | Joanne Zamora

The Ford Taurus SHO (Super High Output), produced by Ford from 1989 to 1999 is the high-performance variant of the Ford Taurus. It returned with a 2010 model in 2009. Now comes another, the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport. Its boasts of 325 horsepower, a husky 380 lb-ft of torque and all-wheel drive, and uses the engine of a pickup truck. This 2.7-liter, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 of powerful six-cylinder makes its sedan debut with the Fusion Sport and will soon be available in the Lincoln Continental.

According to Car and Driver, the six-speed automatic is a heavier duty unit that is controlled by paddles which are attached to the leather-wrapped steering wheel. Behind it is a computer-controlled all-wheel drive with the usual front-drive transaxle with a longitudinal driveshaft and a rear differential engaged on demand by a clutch.

Ford calls the crowning touch continuously controlled damping. Borrowed from the Lincoln series, these computer-controlled dampers give the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport the legs it needs to fight competitively in the big sport leagues.

According to Autoblog, to stylishly differentiate the Sport model from the rest of the lineup, Ford added the quad-tipped dual exhausts. The visual changes during the last time Ford built a Fusion Sport in 2010 were less obvious. The standard "Tarnished Dark" five-spoke 19-inch wheels show the profile presence, but it is not much better than the standard Fusion's attractive wheel setup.

The price of the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport starts at $34,350, which undercuts its closest relevant competitor, the V6-powered Honda Accord touring which starts at $34,830. Options to raise the Fusion's price include: $2,000 401A options group (ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, a 12-speaker Sony stereo and Sync 3 with navigation), the $1,625 Driver Assist Package (automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, a heated steering wheel and lane-keeping assist), the $995 Active Park Assist system and the $1,190 adaptive cruise control system. That heads expeditiously past the $40,000 mark.

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