Is Ford planning a hot 325hp Mondeo to rival the Audi S4?

Ford Fusion 2017Ford has revealed a 325hp 2.7-litre V6 turbo version of the U.S.-spec Mondeo and is already claiming the 2016 Fusion V6 Sport will tempt across drivers of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

And as the Fusion is a ‘One Ford’ world model that’s sold in Europe as the Mondeo, it’s thus possible Ford may at least be considering whether a hot Mondeo range-topper to rival the Audi S4 at a fraction of the price is feasible.

Apparently, it’s requests from existing Fusion drivers in North America that’s encouraged the firm to launch the hot new performance V6 Sport. And while 325hp is impressive, even more standout is its 380lb ft of torque – and that’s on less-potent U.S. 93-octane fuel, too.

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Sensibly, Ford has equipped the Fusion V6 Sport with all-wheel drive as standard.

Ford says such twisting force makes it “stouter than established performance sedans like the BMW 535i, Audi A6 3.0T and Mercedes-Benz E400”. That’s quite the list of rivals for the high-performance new Fusion to beat.

The firm’s also confident it will sell well, in the U.S. at least: looking to the Explorer SUV, while sales of the regular car rose 24% between 2013 – 2015, they grew a hefty 103% for the racier Explorer Sport in the same period.

Sales of the regular Edge were flat over that period as it was in model change-over year – but even here, Edge Sport sales rocketed 62%. There’s clearly a demand for high-performance versions of mainstream Fords in North America.

But would the same be so here in Europe? Maybe Ford’s marketing team is already studying the numbers – here’s hoping so, as a Ford rival to the Audi S4 could be an intriguing thing indeed…

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  • pdqgp

    Let’s see if Ford can keep up with true power to the ground like the Germans Can. Test show both BMW and Audi under-rate their cars and the performance numbers show it. Will be interesting what the new S4 comes down to as well. Great news is Audi leaves a lot of room for upgrades in the aftermarket whereas the gains on the Ford motors is far less in terms of potential without replacing turbos and upgrading cooling systems.

    Let the battle begin.

  • Gavin Huggett

    Still only a Mondeo though, hardly has the prestige of the German marques. Can you imagine “So what do you drive?” Ford had the luxury market in the 70’s and 80’s when German cars were treated with suspicion and were far more expensive. I suspect it will be also more expensive then a German equivalent, as an example a fully loaded Mondeo Titanium X is £10k more then a entry level C class which has more equipment and far more comfortable to drive. But each to their own.