Even though a modified Ford Fusion is used in NASCAR, the model isn’t normally considered a track day car like the Focus ST or RS. But with the 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport, that may change.
The Fusion Sport boasts 325 horsepower from its 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, and offers features like adaptive suspension and paddle shifters, which are more commonly found on a BMW M4 or other sports cars. Additionally, it has multiple driving modes, which alter the Fusion Sport’s performance characteristics.
Sport mode, simply put, pushes the car to its max by stiffening the dampers, sharpening steering and throttle response, increasing engine noise and raising shift points. It can be accessed by pushing the center button on the rotary-style gear shift.
Impressive as the Fusion Sport is, it would take a skilled driver like Sebastian Vettel or Sebastien Bourdais behind the wheel to take down the rally-bred Focus RS. But for us mere mortals, it offers more than enough performance.
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