Thread of the Day: Should Ford Build a Fusion ST?

We’re fans of the Ford Focus ST and, before long, the Fiesta will get its own ST variant. But what about the 2013 Ford Fusion? Ford already offers the midsize sedan with five engines including a 240-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4, but the all-wheel-drive variant’s 6.8-second 0-60 mph time might leave some enthusiasts wanting more. So we want to hear from you: Should Ford build a low-volume Fusion ST?

2013 Ford Fusion Titanium front view 300x187 imageThe last-generation Ford Fusion may have had a V-6 variant, but it lacked a high-performance model like previous variants of the Taurus, when that car was a midsize sedan. None of the midsize sedan class leaders — the Camry, Accord, and Altima — have a truly high-performance sporty variant, so a Fusion ST might be in a class of one.

The Lincoln MKZ’s available V-6 is one of its distinguishing features from the Fusion, suggesting a Fusion ST might have to use a more powerful version of its EcoBoost 2.0-liter I-4, along with a few suspension modifications and visual upgrades.

When the 2013 Ford Fusion 2.0 EcoBoost is loaded with all of its available premium options, the price swells well past $35,000. The 2013 Fusion is already offered with 2.5-liter I-4, turbo 1.6-liter I-4, turbo 2.0-liter I-4, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrains. What do you think: Is there room in the 2013 Ford Fusion lineup for an ST variant? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

By Zach Gale

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