Ford announces 2017 Fusion Sport actually has 380 lb-ft, priced at $34,350

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The second largest US automaker originally announced the biturbo midsize sedan with slightly lower power credentials, but it now appears to pack an even better punch.

When the car was first presented, Ford claimed the 2.7-liter biturbo EcoBoost V6 had 325 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque – but Ford has updated the latter figure to a meaty 380 lb-ft. This means the Fusion Sport is now the strongest midsize sedan in America by a large distance, ahead of non-turbo V6 competitors such as the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry. The Fusion with the 2.7-liter engine is only offered in the Sport trim, which also means the model is the least-efficient 2017 Ford Fusion, packing EPA ratings of 17 miles per gallon city and 26 mpg highway.

Ford also announced the starting price for the model – $34,350, which entitles it to become the second-most expensive non-hybrid Fusion, just ahead of the $37,495 Platinum. Standard equipment in return is plentiful, with all-wheel drive, a trunklid spoiler, LED headlights, 18-inch wheels with 235/45R18 tires, and Ford’s Continuously Controlled Damping suspension. There’s even an optional summer-tire package, for improved performance during the season of “roasted” tires.