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Ford produces a wide array of performance machinery, but it's traditionally reserved the letters ST for hot hatches like the Fiesta ST and Focus ST. That changes with the vehicle you see here: the heavily camouflaged Fusion ST.

This prototype is wearing bigger wheels and tires, upgraded brake rotors and calipers, enhanced bodywork, and quad exhaust tips – all the telltale signs of something more potent and capable. The performance version of Dearborn's midsize sedan is tipped to pack a version of the company's 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. That's anticipated to channel upwards of 300 horsepower to all four-wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission, but we can hold out hope that maybe, just maybe, Ford will offer a three-pedal manual.

One way or another, the Fusion ST will make a worthy successor (and then some) to the old Contour SVT. That model was offered in the late 1990s with a naturally aspired 2.5-liter Duratec V6 packing 202 horsepower, which may have been solid by yesterday's standards, but promises to be left in the dust by this new model. Look for the Fusion ST to accompany the facelifted Fusion sedan early next year. Enthusiastic customers in other markets can also hope for a Mondeo ST to be offered overseas as well.






Ford Performance Brand has a lot of vacant spots to fill before completing it's announced obligation of, what, 12 or 14 vehicles (too many beers today, can't recall exactly).


Can't wait until they do.

Oh, and btw, where the heck did they get 300hp from for the 2.7L? 

Man, it's 315hp in the truck, and I believe 340hp in the MKX.  It will be at least 340, prob about 350hp.

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No, this would make a worthy successor to the old Taurus SHO. The Fusion is as large as the original Taurus, so why compare it to the relatively tiny for its class Contour?

300HP sounds too low for a 2.7 Ecoboost, but its still enough to make it class leading. More importantly, the low end torque would be monstrous compared to the class V6es that only get their torque at 6500 rpm.

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Although uncertain, I am pretty confident they will introduce this at the same time as the new Fusion upgrades coming.  It should be available at a slightly later date, probably late summer or early fall in 2016, as a 2017 model.


Can't wait to see the final product.

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Wonder if this could just be like what BMW and MB have done with a Visual Package look only and not their true performance auto?

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