As Ford continues its tireless march toward the occupation of every nook and cranny of the performance car market, the U.S. automaker announced power output changes for the upcoming 2017 Ford Fusion Sport. Although Ford originally said the Fusion would receive 350 lb-ft of torque, it has been confirmed that the Sport will actually put a tremendous 380 lb-ft of torque down to all four wheels.
Yes, we do mean the Ford Fusion, the very same staid Ford Fusion that competes directly with the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata. Sure, the Camry and the Accord put down very respectable numbers when equipped with a V-6 engine, but where the Camry makes 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque, and the Accord spits out 278 hp and 252 lb-ft, the twin-turbo Fusion Sport drops an elbow on both cars with a mighty 325 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.
If for some unfathomable reason you don’t find this glorious preponderance of torque impressive, consider this: In 2016, the four-door, mid-sized Ford Fusion puts down more torque than both the Ferrari F430 and the legendary Ferrari F50. Aim the 2.7-liter EcoBoost cannon at BMW, and the torque output of the previous-generation BMW M5 is matched by your dad’s next company car.
Alright, let’s calm down and pull some realistic comparisons. For one, Audi’s freshly redesigned 2017 Audi S4 can’t match Ford’s tire-twisting figures. Where the Audi takes the lead in horsepower with 354 ponies, the Fusion fires back, beating the S4’s 368 lb-ft of twist. The equivalent BMW 340i xDrive puts down 320 hp and 330 lb-ft. Both of these cars come in right at $50,000, while the Ford slots in at $33,475.
Of course, this is all on paper and only tells half the story. The Fusion likely will not be able to hold its own on a curvy road as much as the German sedans would, and the Fusion’s torque only jumps to 380 lb-ft through the use of 93 octane fuel. Any less, and the torque figure drops down to the originally stated 350 lb-ft. Regardless, the Fusion Sport represents a very affordable performance four-door alternative to the German autobahn cruise missiles.
Look for more information on official performance data later this year.