Update: high-performance SVT Ford Fusion GT delayed until 2012Enlarge Photo
All-new products like the MKS and Flex are taking priority over the Fusion GT project. Potential recipients also include the Mustang and F-150, also meat-and-potatoes cars for Ford. The SVT version of the Fusion, which was expected to get a 340hp (253kW) twin-turbo V6 version of the EcoBoost application, will have to wait, reports Motor Trend.
The car had originally been planned as a low-volume end-of-model car to keep interest up and boost sales as the Fusion aged, but with the desire to make a rapid expansion of the engine into larger vehicles as an efficient V8 alternative, the Fusion GT has lost its justification.
Original: Ford’s official in-house tuner, Special Vehicles Team (SVT), is reportedly working on a new high-performance version of the Fusion sedan for release late next year or in early 2010. The new car will carry the fabled ‘GT’ badge and will be the fourth car to feature the Blue Oval’s upcoming EcoBoost V6 engine (the first three being the Lincoln MKS, Ford Flex, and Lincoln MKR).
EcoBoost is the name of Ford’s new high-performance engine technology, which combines the twin forces of direct-injection and turbocharging to boost power while conserving fuel. The first EcoBoost engine will be a 3.5L petrol V6 that’s claimed to have the power and torque of a larger V8 engine but the fuel-consumption of a moderate V6. At its debut, the EcoBoost V6 is expected to deliver around 340hp (254kW), however more powerful applications are expected, including outputs as high as 415hp (310kW).
According to MotorTrend, the upcoming Fusion GT will feature the 340hp (254kW) version of the engine and will also come with a Haldex-sourced part time AWD system to help get the power to the ground.
After the debut of the V6 EcoBoost range, Ford is expected to introduce a four-cylinder EcoBoost engine in the Fusion sedan in 2010. There is also expected to be a low-volume Focus GT with the same EcoBoost four-cylinder as well as a version of the Edge crossover with the same powertrain.