When Ford introduced a new sporty version of its latest unibody Explorer this past March, many of us were confused as to why they made just a Sport model and not an all-out SHO version to run along next to the Taurus. Either way, Ford has apparently just announced the official pricing for the new 2013 Ford Explorer Sport.
Powered by the Taurus SHO’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6, the 2013 Ford Explorer produces 350hp and a lofty 350 lb-ft of torque. The reason why the Explorer’s EcoBoost V6 is down on power when compared to the Taurus SHO’s 365hp rating and the Flex EcoBoost V6’s 355 is caused by the different exhaust setup on the Explorer from the extra ground clearance.
The Explorer Sport also comes complete with a heavier duty cooling system and radiator, the brakes from the Taurus SHO Performance Package, and a revised all-wheel drive system that can send up to 80% of the Explorer Sport’s torque to the rear, instead of 60% like the other models.
The cost for all of this is $41,545. And with that, you also get a completely different look from the standard explorer thanks to unique blacked-out trim such as a grille, side-view mirror caps, and headlight and taillight surrounds. Twenty-inch wheels are also standard along with a sport-tuned suspension, a hi-fi Sony sound system, leather, Ford’s MyFord and SYNC systems. Demanding an extra $4,130 is a premium package that just includes a bucketlist of interior power options.
When maxed out, the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport will run you a pretty hefty $52,760.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Ford via Automobile