Ford planning Fusion GT with 340-hp V6 EcoBoost
According to MotorTrend, Ford’s SVT division is planning a Ford Fusion GT for late 2009 targeting the car as an affordable Audi S4. Following the Lincoln MKS, MKR and Ford Flex, the Ford Fusion GT will be the fourth model to get an EcoBoost direct-injection turbo engine.
Power will come from a 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 that produces 340-hp. The Fusion GT will come with a Hadlex all-wheel-drive architecture to handle the high torque. The current 160-hp entry level engine is expected to be replaced by Ford”s new 2.5L 4-cylinder unit that produces 170-hp.
The 2009 Lincoln MKS will get the turbo engine next year which will be mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Other models to get EcoBoost will be a 4-cylinder Fusion in 2010, a limited-production 4-cylinder turbo Focus GT in 2010 and a V6 EcoBoost as the range-topping choice for a new F-100 pickup.
Also in the works is a 4-cylinder EcoBoost for the Ford Edge and a V6 EcoBoost for the Mustang with more power than the current 300-hp Mustang GT.