Pretty close to what I was expecting. There were some surprises and some disappointments.
I was hoping for the MKX tune on the 2.7 Ecoboost but we did end up with a 10 horsepower bump over the Edge application of this engine. It’s likely a negligible performance increase (might come in handy for bench racing bragging rights).
- Edge Sport: 315 @ 4750rpm / 350 @ 2750rpm
- F150: 325 @ 5750rpm / 375 @3000rpm
- MKX: 335 @ 5500rpm / 380 @3000rpm
Fusion Sport: 325 / 350
I did not expect to see the CCD system adapted from Lincoln. That was a welcome addition. An adaptive suspension will be a class exclusive feature with the selling points of offering, at least to some extent, a family cruiser (Comfort Mode) and a sport sedan (Sport Mode) all in one.
I was really expecting / hoping to see GKN’s Twinster torque vectoring all-wheel drive (AWD) system used here. Instead we appear to have the same Haldex-based “on demand” AWD system used previously.
It looks like Lincoln (MKZ; Continental) and RS exclusive tech for now.
With Cadillac using GKN’s twinster system in the new XT5 and Buick using it in the 2017 LaCrosse and Envision I was almost certain we would see it in the Fusion Sport.
Maybe the price point target they set for the Sport precluded its use?
The rotary knob transmission control unit…..very Jag/RR….might be an acquired taste.
One last “food for thought” item.
It looks like there are now tunes available for the Edge Sport:
- Stock: 232.41 whp / 272.22 wtq
- Stage 1: 329.89 whp / 369.75 wtq
¼ Mile Times:
- Stock: 14.6 @ 93mph
- Stage 1: 13.4 @ 100.7mph
That is a 1.2 sec. decrease with a 7.7mph increase. With the ~500+ lb. weight difference from the Edge to the Fusion, coupled with a Stage 1 tune, we could be seeing a low 12 second car (~12.2 @ 110mph).
PS The 2017 MKZ threw a monkey wrench into my future purchase list. It came out of left field, at least for me. It’s like a luxury Fusion Sport Plus - 400 / 400 3.0TT, Twinster torque vectoring all-wheel drive system, performance tuned CCD………first world problems.