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It appears Ford's performance arm is taking a crack at building a high-performance Fusion. A fresh set of spy shots show off a Fusion mule with some interesting hardware. There is are larger brake discs, bigger wheels and tires, quad exhaust pipes, and some body changes hidden in camo.

 

Automobile reports that the sportier Fusion will pack the 2.7L EcoBoost four-cylinder with 300 horsepower. A six-speed automatic will route all the power to all four wheels.

 

These pictures come at an interesting time for Ford. As we've reported, the fate of the Ford Taurus is unknown for the U.S. By building a sporty Fusion, it gives Ford a sporty sedan to take the place of the Taurus SHO.

 

Automobile does go on say that it's unknown whether this is an engineering exercise or a precursor to a production model. If it's the latter, we could see it as 2017 - the year where Ford will give the Fusion a refresh.

 

Source: Automobile

 

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I question if this is more an exercise in a package look than a true performance auto. I wonder about the small intake of air for the twin turbos and it does not look like it has a chiller box to cool the air down.

 

Maybe they will have two options on top of the normal Fusion.

 

Fusion

Fusion ST

Fusion RS

 

This would give them a base car, car with performance looks and better handling in breaking and driving but not the big powerful engine and the final street legal race car.

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So as we all know, the D35 GTDI (original EcoBoost) would never fit into the Fusion chassis.  The smaller nano class 2.7L will.  And with it's recent introduction, it will finally make it's way into the freshened Fusion.  Allowing Ford to stay with their M.O. of continuously freshening product.

 

 

But yeah, about time.

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