We have a lot of love for this Ford Fusion with the heart of a Mustang GT.
The Ford Fusion is not long for this world. After this year's model is out of stock, no 2020 models are forthcoming. Yes, the Fusion is set to be discontinued, to the dismay of four-door sedan-lovers everywhere.
As an economical family car, the Fusion is a great choice. At base, it comes with a 1.5-L EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cylinder with 181 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque that absolutely sips gasoline. If that's not good enough, then the hybrid version comes with a 2.0-L turbocharged 4-cylinder with 188 horsepower, but also almost twice the fuel economy of the 1.5-L thanks to an electric motor.
However, Ford still recognizes the appeal of a big, powerful four-door car. That's why they also have the V6 Sport model which takes the 2.7-L turbo V6 out of the Ford F-150 and places it under the hood of the Fusion. That's 325 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, in case you were wondering.
This proves that engines from the Ford F-150 can fit quite easily inside the Fusion. It also means the 5.0-L Coyote V8 can fit inside the Fusion too. All that's missing is a little bit of automotive know-how, a garage, and some free time.
Enter Matt Soppa and what he calls his four-door Mustang. That's because it has the Coyote V8 from the Mustang GT, but also the subframe, axles, and many other Mustang components.
On the inside, a roll cage surrounds the driver and passenger sitting in OMP racing seats, while the rest of the interior has been completely stripped. On the outside, aftermarket parts replace pretty much everything. Custom suspension, an anti-roll bar, and the transmission from a 2007 Shelby Mustang GT500 provide the Fusion with far better handling than it's ever had before.
It's also got a JTB handbrake, making it an ideal drift machine.
This car sounds absolutely vile thanks to a pair of exhaust tips shaped more like trumpets. Check out The Hoonigans in their interview above to see (and hear) what it’s like.