The 2017 Fusion Sport will arrive in dealerships toward the end of summer with foreign competition in its sights. It won’t go head to head with BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz in terms of interior amenities or ride quality, but it’ll punch them right in the gut with performance and value. For just $33,425, the Fusion will equip a twin-turbo, 2.7-liter V6 with 325 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque (on 93 octane). All-wheel drive comes standard.
When the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport arrives on dealer lots it will be packing 325 horsepower and a stout 380 lb-ft of torque from its EcoBoosted engine. That means this mid-size Ford will offer more grunt that the BMW 535i, Audi A6 3.0T and Mercedes-Benz E400. It should be noted, however, that the Fusion Sport requires 93 octane fuel to achieve all 380 of its torques.
The Fusion Sport is not going to drive like a $50,000 European luxury car, but that’s OK. Some people don’t need all that coddling nor do they care to brag about the badge on the hood. They just want a lot of speed and the ability to seat four adults without spending a small fortune.
The only German that will get you more twist within a somewhat reasonable price range is the Mercedes C43 AMG. That car has 362 HP and 384 lb-ft for an MSRP of $51,725.