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2016 SEMA Preview: Custom-built Fusion Sports #TENSEMA16
Custom-built Ford Fusions a potential preview for future models
Ever since the Mustang was introduced in 1964, it has been Ford’s big-ticket item. In recent years, our favorite automaker has reminded us, and the world, it has a few tricks up its sleeve for all types of performance enthusiasts. The most-recent Focus and Fiesta RS models, and past Taurus SHO models lets everyone know Ford is even more focused on a complete line of performance vehicles.
Case in point, and for this year’s SEMA show, Ford will have at least a couple Fusion Sports in its booth to showcase what is possible with its mid-size sedan.
The 2017 Ford Fusion Sport Ballistic concept by Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America is an all-wheel drive, 2.7-liter EcoBoost-powered model with a six-speed SelectShift automatic. To add performance, Webasto Thermo added its Top Evo engine preheater and comfort control, a JMS BoostMAX controller and PedalMAX throttle response optimizer, an SCT Performance engine calibration, and an MRT Performance axle-back exhaust.
The Ballistic concept features suspension additions from H&R Performance, while a Rotora forged aluminum brake kit was added to bring braking performance level with the car’s acceleration. Finishing up the handling aspect of the Ballistic Fusion Sport is a set of Toyo Proxes T1 treads wrapping Modulare Forged B33 20-inch wheels.
Legacy Innovations’ 2017 Fusion Sport concept follows a similar path as the Ballistic, but utilizes different manufacturers, along with different methods. The Legacy Innovations Fusion Sport received a K&N air intake with a Magnaflow exhaust, a BC coilover suspension, and Baer brakes. For shoes, the Fusion Sport wears Forgestar bronze F14 20-inch wheels wrapped with Toyo Proxez T1Sport treads.
The Legacy Innovations’ Fusion Sport features BASF R-M series Legacy Bay Effect paint over a variety of exterior modifications. Inside, Katzkin seats provide the comfort while taking in the sounds emanating from Kicker speakers.
These Fusion concepts show what is possible with Ford’s family sedan, and also, to prove the words “family sedan” and “boring” don’t have to go hand-in-hand.