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2017 Ford Fusion Sport: A 325-horsepower midsize sleeper sedan

Ford returns a V6 engine to the Fusion lineup with a 2.7-liter example pushing out 325 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque in a new Sport model. With standard all-wheel-drive, upgraded suspension and small visual modifications, the Fusion Sport is looking to leave cars like the V6-powered Honda Accord and Toyota Camry in the dust.

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Ford says its customers wanted a V6 engine in the Fusion. Well, they got one in the form of a 2.7-liter unit with twin-turbos churning out a 325 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.

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To cope with all the power from the blown V6, Ford installed a more robust six-speed automatic transmission.

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All-wheel-drive is standard to help efficiently get all that power to the ground.

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Among the exclusive exterior touches for the Fusion Sport are a rear spoiler and quad-tips on the dual exhaust system.

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Up front, the Fusion Sport receives a black mesh grille and unique fog lights.

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Dark gray 19-inch aluminum wheels wrapped with Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric tires are specific to the Fusion Sport.

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To improve handling, an adaptive hydraulic dampers are standard.

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With the car's Sport mode engaged, throttle response, damper behavior, transmission shift points and steering are all altered for optimal performance.

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With all that power coming from the turbo V6, there are bound to be some sacrifices. The fuel economy rating comes in at 17 mpg in the city, and 26 mpg on the highway.

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The Fusion Sport isn't all about performance, though. It remains a comfortable, quiet and practical midsize sedan with serviceable backseat, spacious trunk and well-insulated cabin, thanks to an acoustic windshield and front side windows.

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