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    2017 Ford Fusion Sport Packs 325 Horsepower for $34,350*


    • Plus 380 Pound-Feet of Torque*


    When Ford provided the details of the 2017 Fusion lineup earlier this year, the one model that caused our eyes to widen was the Fusion Sport. Packing a twin-turbo 2.7L EcoBoost V6, the Sport would have 325 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Well, Ford has announced the final power figures for the Sport and our eyes are even wider.

     

    The Sport will still have 325 horsepower coming from the V6. But torque has been increased to 380 pound-feet. No, that isn't a misprint. Not only does the Sport blow everyone out of the midsize sedan class in terms of power, it also gives the likes of the BMW 340i a run for its money (320 horsepower, 330 pound-feet of torque). This is paired with a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.

     

    There is a catch. The only way to get that magical 380 pound-feet is to fill up 93 octane gas. Fill up with anything lower, and the torque figure drops to 350. Another downside is fuel economy. EPA says the Fusion Sport will return 17 City/26 Highway.

     

    Ford also revealed pricing for the 2017 Fusion Sport. When it arrives at dealers towards the end of summer, the Sport will carry a pricetag of $34,350 (includes a $875.00 destination charge).

     

    Source: Ford

     

    Press Release is on Page 2



    NEW FORD FUSION SPORT GIVES OWNERS OF GERMAN SEDANS 380 REASONS TO CHANGE THEIR LEDERHOSEN

    • Following success with Explorer Sport and Edge Sport, Ford seeks to woo performance car buyers – including those considering Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz – with all-new Fusion V6 Sport
    • 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport will offer class-demolishing 380 lb.-ft. of torque from 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost® engine, along with 325 horsepower
    • Premium sports sedan comes with standard all-wheel drive

     

    DEARBORN, Mich., June 9, 2016 – Ford is adding serious EcoBoost® muscle to its Fusion sedan in an all-out assault on more expensive German sport sedans.

     

    Following on the success of Explorer Sport, which has seen one in five buyers come over from recent Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz experiences, Ford has its eyes not only on owners of V6-equipped Toyota Camrys and Honda Accords, but some other distinguished German models that command a five-figure premium over the 2017 Fusion Sport.

     

    Since the newest-generation Fusion launched in 2012, midsize car buyers have been asking for a performance version, says Wade Jackson, Ford Fusion marketing manager.

     

    “It’s not just Fusion buyers who want something hotter,” Jackson says. “Owners of other midsize sedans, along with our own dealers, ask repeatedly. So buyers get a 2.7-liter EcoBoost that makes 325 horsepower and a more impressive 380 pound-feet of torque.”

     

    These consumers also crave a car that’s much more distinctive inside and out, Jackson explains. “Cross-shoppers will be shocked by the bang for the buck our new Fusion Sport delivers,” he says.

     

    Peak torque of 380 lb.-ft. from a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost® engine makes Fusion Sport stouter than established performance sedans like BMW 535i, Audi A6 3.0T and Mercedes-Benz E400. Ford Fusion Sport torque rating is achieved with 93-octane fuel.

     

    Ford has reason to be confident with its newest sport-minded offering. While Explorer sales rose 24 percent from 2013 to 2015, Explorer Sport jumped 103 percent. Edge sales were close to flat over that same period – mostly due to model changeover – but Edge Sport jumped 62 percent.

     

    For discerning sport sedan buyers seeking the ultimate in braking and handling performance, a summer-only tire package will be available as well.

     

    The 2017 Ford Fusion Sport starts at a very un-German sports sedan price of $33,475, and that’s with all-wheel drive as a standard feature.

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    So REAL WORLD driving I would expect about 15 MPG on average for this turbo monster. I am sure it will be a blast to drive, but I expect people to complain about the gas mileage. Plus who has 93 octane? Washington state you only have 87 regular, 89 mid and 91 premium.

     

    Even doing a search online you see people asking where to find this and not much options other than the race tracks with 104 octane option at $9.25 per gallon right now. I will say that I have mixed in 16 gallons of premium with 4 gallons of 104 here for what I believe my math tells me would equal 93 and the Trailblazer loved it. But then that pocket rocket has an adaptive ECU to adjust to the higher octane.

     

    Anyone know if GM limits their adaptive ECU's?

     

    I have to assume based on what Bill wrote here that this Ford Rocket Sedan has adaptive ECU so I wonder if you use higher octane what power output would be or would it just be a waste due to limits put in place by Ford?

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    I have 93 at a few stations in my town(of only 10,000 people) and any Shell station in the area for sure. 

     

    I would assume they limit the ECU/car to a certain octane. You can't just dump 110 octane in and expect another 50hp jump w/o a tune for 110. 

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    Most of Costco's premium is 93.  Almost all Sunocos have 93.

    This must be a washington thing as I went to Costco Q&A section for the gas stations and they have lots of good info, but they do quote that the bulk of their costcos use 87 regular and 91 premium.

     

    http://www.costco.com/gasoline-q-and-a.html

     

    Q: What products do you sell?
    A: Regular Unleaded (typically 87 octane) and Premium Unleaded (typically 91 octane). Octane requirements can vary by state.
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    Hmm.. maybe I'm wrong. I know my closest Costco, the one I use for almost all of my fill-ups, has 93 because that's what I put in the Oldsmobile.

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    Really? I guess because I just grew up around it I never thought twice about the accessibility of 93. I just assumed it was basically everywhere.

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    Really? I guess because I just grew up around it I never thought twice about the accessibility of 93. I just assumed it was basically everywhere.

     

    yeah, I'm the same way. 

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    Really? I guess because I just grew up around it I never thought twice about the accessibility of 93. I just assumed it was basically everywhere.

     

    yeah, I'm the same way. 

     

    Me too...In Quebec of all places...

    Petro-Canada is 94 Octane...and ALL the Petro-Canada gas stations Ive ever been to in Montreal all have it!!!

    But then again...some say that Petro-Canada's 94 Octane is actually 91 Octane gasoline with additives and boosters added in....

     

    Premium is recommended in my 2012 Acura TL Sh-AWD....

    I think my owner's manual mentions I could fill her up on 87 Octane...I dont remember. 

    Ive never done it, nor have I ever put 94 Octane in her either...

     

    About the Fusion 2.7 ecoboosted Sport...

     

    WOW!!!

    380 ft/lbs torque (on 93 Octane)

    350 ft/lbs torque on whatever fuel is recommended...

     

    Are we really miffed about the 30 ft/lbs difference because of octane rating?

    We are missing the fact that this beast is still a HEFTY 350 ft/lbs MINIMUM!!!

     

    My aforementioned 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD is a paltry 275 ft/lbs....

    But then again...had the same 30 ft/lbs been added to my Acura and I wouldnt be complaining...

    But then again, 350 ft/lbs is still MORE than the imaginary 300 ft/lbs....

     

    I LOVE my 2012 Acura....so I wouldnt be trading the TL for the Fusion Sport anytime soon...but...

    The Tesla Model 3 and the Fusion Sport look like possible replacements in about 3-5 years from now!  If the Fusion Sport is still offered by then....and those options are looking at the future in 2016....m

    By 2019-2021....maybe other more interesting options might become available to me...

    Just to say....if I was in the market for a new car as of now...the 2017 Ford Fusion 2.7 liter ecoboost Sport  would be the one that I would buy!

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    I think every gas station in Pittsburgh has 93 octane, that is what I use, I never saw a station without it.

    In Germany 91 octane is their regular and it goes up to like 97 or 98, that is why the German cars have the 91 octane minimum, they are just made for their home fuel.

    Problem with the Fusion sport (which should be an SHO) is that the power goes to the wrong wheels. Somehow this car will be slower than a 340i or Q50 with less power.

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    It's the same rating for torque as the Lincoln MKX - which again is rated for FE on regular but performance on premium.

     

    I know using lower octane fuel retards ignition timing...but why would that deliver better FE? Wouldn't the better fuel be, well, better fuel, so more powa, less foot on gas pedal?

     

    And it's got AWD standard. It does not have mechanical torque vectoring - it used brake torque vectoring. However, Ford's AWD system is standard. I've heard it's much more willing to send power rear than competing mass-market awd systems.

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    Been saying this since they announced the sport:

    "...But it's also going to cause problems for Ford. After all, when you can snag a 325-hp, 380 lb-ft Fusion for under $35,000, is there really an incentive to buy the all-wheel-drive, 400-horsepower Lincoln MKZ for $43,575? We'd argue not really"

     

    http://www.autoblog.com/2016/06/09/2017-ford-fusion-sport-380-lb-ft/

    Ive also said that countless of times too...

     

    Over at MT when the discussions were about what if Ford offered a V6 in the Fusion and in here...

     

    I dont know about anybody else...but Id rather the Fusion Sport over ANY Lincoln Sedan....with the exception of the Continental....maybe...

    Id have to see the Conti in person to make that decision...

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    That's not the only Lincoln vehicle they sell. This is heated competition for any premium compact luxury sedan. So yes, perhaps Lincoln doesn't have the performance chops of the Ford brand...but is anyone really expecting performance cars from Lincoln to go against the German 3 and Cadillac. Not really.

     

    Especially when the Ford GT...a mid engine supercar is being revived very soon?

     

    Where's Buick? Where's Acura? Where is even Toyota-Lexus compared to something like this? Probably nowhere, and Acura has a new mid-engine supercar of their own, Buick doesn't have a performance flagship - but that's not Buick is about anyways.  

     

    Lincoln is still building themselves, they don't have the pieces at all right now, the only vehicles that seem to work are crossovers. If this increases sedan sales for Ford, it'll be miracle in this auto industry climate.

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    The Lincoln MKZ interior should make it work the $8,000 price premium.  Key word there is "should."  But I don't think the MKZ interior is anything to write home about and it probably drives like a Ford, so it probably isn't worth the extra money, but that is the problem with Lincoln's strategy.  The cars should be way better than Ford, but they aren't.

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    @SUAVE

    I doubt this Fusion Sport will reverse sales trends for sedans...

    CUV sales are really really hot...sedan sales are not

    CUVs are not exactly enthusiast machines...

    The Fusion Sport seems to be...

    There is a disconnect there somewhere...

     

    About Acura and Buick and Lincoln...

    Well, all 3 are fighting for the same market niche dominance...

    Acura is the only one with a bonafide halo car...

    Lincoln could say the Continental is a halo car...

     

    Well...see SMK's post...

     

    Lincoln's quality in leather may be better than a Ford Fusion Titanium leather....but I dont see a better fit and finish.

    Maybe this Continental is worthy of the Lincoln badge and will restore Lincoln prestige...however, its still got a Ford Mondeo/Fusion skeleton underneath...

    A Fusion Sport may not be that far off a Continental if a Fusion Sport had all the care and love and hardware that the Continental has...with a price tag to match of course...

     

    So...where does that leave Lincoln?

    We dont know....but I aint afraid for Lincoln as Buick and Acura are not really burning up the products either...

    Buick is doing great...but Buick really has no car in its stable that evokes powerful emotions....

     

    Acura does have the NSX...to bad the rest of the line-up is boring...

    Lincoln actually does have some pretty positive emotions involving their new product launches!!!

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    PS:

    Honda got its mojo back. Id say Honda/Acura situation is a lot like Ford/Lincoln.

    I want my Honda S2000 back...

    Life got in the way though ;)

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    PS:

    Honda got its mojo back. Id say Honda/Acura situation is a lot like Ford/Lincoln.

    I want my Honda S2000 back...

    Life got in the way though ;)

     

    Im starting to appreciate this car more and more.

    With Honda/Acura cars, this is a normal trend for me.

    When a new Honda/Acura model first appears on the scene, I HATE it.

    That hatred starts to dissipate after a couple of years only for me to love and/or appreciate it a decade or so later.

     

    Never fails.

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    PS:

    Honda got its mojo back. Id say Honda/Acura situation is a lot like Ford/Lincoln.

    I want my Honda S2000 back...

    Life got in the way though ;)

    Im starting to appreciate this car more and more.

    With Honda/Acura cars, this is a normal trend for me.

    When a new Honda/Acura model first appears on the scene, I HATE it.

    That hatred starts to dissipate after a couple of years only for me to love and/or appreciate it a decade or so later.

    Never fails.

    I can appreciate and relate to the above...

    Though not a Honda ( or Ford ) it fits in with what you said...

    One of my favorites ( and always has been ) is from '69 and housed a high winding ( for its day ) 302...

    Edited by FordCosworth
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    Fusion Sport is one heck of a performance bargain.  I would definitely drive one.

    But would you own one?

     

    If your a car person, I can see this being a heck of a value and a car person would buy one.

     

    For me, I would drive one as I think it might be a fun auto to drive and play around in, I would not own it.

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    Not big on sedans myself.  I prefer coupes, pickups, crossovers, SUV's and even wagons over sedans.  But I love Ford's ample package in the Fusion Sport.

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    Been saying this since they announced the sport:

    "...But it's also going to cause problems for Ford. After all, when you can snag a 325-hp, 380 lb-ft Fusion for under $35,000, is there really an incentive to buy the all-wheel-drive, 400-horsepower Lincoln MKZ for $43,575? We'd argue not really"

     

    http://www.autoblog.com/2016/06/09/2017-ford-fusion-sport-380-lb-ft/

     

    The interior of the sport, is not on the level of the new MKZ.  Even the new Fusion Platinum isn't at the level of the new MKZ and the Fusion Sport isn't even at the level of the Fusion Platinum.   If you're just looking for raw speed, yes, get the Fusion Sport, but if you're looking for more of a luxury car, get the MKZ. 

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    I think every gas station in Pittsburgh has 93 octane, that is what I use, I never saw a station without it.

    In Germany 91 octane is their regular and it goes up to like 97 or 98, that is why the German cars have the 91 octane minimum, they are just made for their home fuel.

    Problem with the Fusion sport (which should be an SHO) is that the power goes to the wrong wheels. Somehow this car will be slower than a 340i or Q50 with less power.

     

    Power goes to all wheels.... how is that a problem?

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      1971-inspired design, both inside and out, the Dodge Challenger GT features refined exterior styling and heritage muscle-car appearance with split grille, pronounced and functional power bulge hood, LED halo headlamps and LED tail lamps.

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    • By William Maley
      Dodge is doing something that can be considered as sacrilegious in the muscle car class. They are adding an all-wheel drive version of the Challenger to their lineup.
      The 2017 Challenger GT will go on sale early next year with a base price of $34,990 (includes $1,095 destination charge). The all-wheel drive system that the Challenger will use is the same one found in the Charger AWD - power is sent to the rear wheels until slip is detected, at which point the front axle will hook up to the transfer case and get power. The bad news is that you can only get the GT with the 3.6L Pentastar V6 with 305 horsepower and 286 pound-feet of torque, and eight-speed automatic. On the plus side, the GT will come with the Super Track Pak that brings launch control, performance pages, and other items.
      Not much sets the Challenger GT apart from other models in terms of the exterior. The GT comes with a new hood, LED head and taillights, decklid spoiler, and a set of 19-inch wheels wrapped in all-season tires.
      Source: Dodge
      Press Release is on Page 2


      New 2017 Dodge Challenger GT Is World’s First and Only All-wheel-drive American Muscle Coupe
      Dodge Challenger GT Joins Charger AWD to Complete the Dodge Lineup of All-wheel-drive Muscle Cars, Delivering Unparalleled Year-round Performance Segment-first: 2017 Dodge Challenger GT is the first two-door American muscle car with all-wheel drive, providing muscle car enthusiasts all-weather driving confidence exclusive to Dodge Challenger GT features the same high-performance all-wheel-drive system found in the award-winning Dodge Charger AWD with active transfer case and front-axle disconnect Dodge’s award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine is standard, delivering 305 horsepower at 6,350 rpm and a responsive 268 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm New 2017 Dodge Challenger GT model has a starting U.S Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $33,395 (excluding $1,095 destination charge) Dodge Challenger GT AWD production is scheduled to begin in January 2017 and vehicles will be available in dealerships the first quarter of 2017 December 7, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Designed and engineered for world-class precision, the new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT all-wheel drive (AWD) delivers the performance, power and all-weather capability to carve through some of the worst weather Mother Nature can dish out.
       
      From winding through twisty stretches of mountain roads, escaping away to a snow-covered ski resort, to daily commutes through the slush and snow of Northeastern and Midwestern winters, the Challenger GT AWD is built to handle it all.
       
      “Dodge is shifting the muscle car paradigm with the new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT – the world’s first and only all-wheel-drive American muscle coupe,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The Challenger has always been the most wide-ranging and functional muscle coupe, and now, with the new 305-horsepower all-wheel-drive Challenger GT, we are stretching the functional and geographic boundaries even further.
      Available this winter
      The new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD model has a starting U.S Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $33,395 (excluding $1,095 destination charge).
       
      With production beginning in January, the all-wheel-drive Dodge Challenger GT is scheduled to arrive at Dodge dealerships nationwide in the first quarter of 2017.
      Power, precision and prowess
      The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD features Dodge’s award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, delivering 305 horsepower at 6,350 rpm and a responsive 268 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm.
       
      A tuned induction system and dual exhaust from the manifolds back to the tips help deliver more than 90 percent of the engine’s peak torque from 1,800 to 6,400 rpm – all for outstanding drivability and responsiveness. With the standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, Challenger GT offers up to an EPA-estimated 18 city/27 hwy miles per gallon (mpg).
      The Dodge Challenger GT features Dodge’s high-performance all-wheel-drive system. Also found in the Charger AWD, this technologically advanced system includes an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect for excellent all-season performance and fuel economy. The Challenger GT seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive with no driver intervention. Under normal driving conditions, the front axle is disengaged and 100 percent of the engine’s torque is directed to the rear wheels. This preserves the outstanding fun-to-drive performance and handling characteristics inherent to rear-wheel-drive vehicles. When sensors indicate the need for additional traction, the system automatically engages the front axle, instantly transitioning Challenger GT into all-wheel-drive mode.
       
      Enhanced with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), the Challenger GT AWD has impressive handling on all surfaces, especially snow and ice. VDC provides excellent traction on slippery surfaces and also helps the driver maintain the desired vehicle path. Enhancing the on-road dynamic performance using precise front-to-rear torque control integrated with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, VDC maintains Challenger’s fun-to-drive character, regardless of road conditions.
       
      In addition, the new Dodge Challenger GT AWD features paddle shifters and Sport mode. With Sport mode active, gear changes are quicker and revs are held higher for even more performance-oriented acceleration and higher shift dynamics. For even more control, the driver can also use the die-cast steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and view gear election through the full-color Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) centered in the instrument cluster.
       
      The Challenger GT Super Track Pak button activates Dodge Performance Pages and launch control features embedded in the 8.4-inch touchscreen radio. Visible performance information, such as reaction times, 0-60 times, G-force indicator and lap times, can be monitored, and even mirrored, in the 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable cluster display. The new Challenger GT model also features three-mode ESC with “full-off” mode, a fun feature for drifting through snowy scenes.
      All-weather traction all year long, rain, sleet, snow or shine
      For muscle car enthusiasts who want more all-weather traction, the new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT delivers premium amenities inside and out, including 19-inch aluminum wheels with Hyper Black finish and P235/55R19 BSW all-season performance tires, projector fog lamps, a deck-lid rear spoiler, ParkSense rear park assist and ParkView rear backup camera.
       
      Challenger GT is equally well equipped on the inside with standard features, such as premium Nappa leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats with four-way power driver lumbar adjustment, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping column, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, six Alpine speakers with 276-watt amplifier, bright pedals, universal garage door opener and Hectic Mesh aluminum bezels.
       
      GT Interior Package
      The all-new GT Interior package, which is unique to this Challenger AWD model, includes performance Nappa leather and Alcantara suede seats – available on a V-6 for the first time – nine Alpine speakers, including a subwoofer and a 506-watt amplifier, and the Dodge performance steering wheel. U.S MSRP for the GT Interior package is $995.
      Performance-inspired design, all year round
      1971-inspired design, both inside and out, the Dodge Challenger GT features refined exterior styling and heritage muscle-car appearance with split grille, pronounced and functional power bulge hood, LED halo headlamps and LED tail lamps.
    • By William Maley
      As more consumers head over to crossovers and SUVs, automakers find themselves making changes to their lineup. Case in point is Ford which is considering dropping some of their nameplates because of the change in demand.
      “Over time, there should be some pruning of the portfolio to support growth in other areas. Clearly we’re going to invest in growing the SUV portfolio. We certainly intend to have a strong car base as well; we don’t know where the market’s going to go. But there will be some pruning over time as there should be in a nameplate and portfolio,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas.
      Ford's car sales are down 14 percent through November with sedans being the big losers.
      Fiesta: Down 26 percent year-to-date Focus: Down 17 percent YTD Taurus: Down 11 percent YTD Fusion: Down 10 percent YTD Hinrichs didn't say which nameplates could be cut, but mentioned that former popular vehicles such as the Ranger were dropped after demand fell.
      “If you look at our past, there’s been some nameplates that have dropped off and other nameplates have been added. Given where the market is going, the demands for capital investment and the regulatory changes coming at us, we’ll continue to always look at the total portfolio and see where’s segmentation going and where should we be phasing out,” said Hinrichs.
      We think the Taurus is one of the vehicles on the chopping block since sales of it have been falling for the past couple of years.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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