Best of 2018: How About A Coyote-Powered, RWD Ford Fusion?

Best of 2018: How About A Coyote-Powered, RWD Ford Fusion?

The phrase I use to describe stories like the one I put up recently about the possibility of a four-door Ford Mustang is “smacking the hornet’s nest”. It’s not a good idea…you have known this. It’s almost instinctive that you don’t do it, but for some reason there you go, picking up the stick and gearing up for what will inevitably become a quarter-mile wind sprint away from a very pissed-off group of insects armed with stabbing implements on their hind ends. I saw the result of that question before I even finished the writeup: one or two might be intrigued, one might even accept it as it was, but the remainder of comments would more-or-less be a crowd of pitchforks and torches, full of anger and ready to let anyone within earshot know that messing with the Mustang will be a very bad idea.

Ok, how about this compromise, then? What you are looking at is a 2016 Ford Fusion that is in the late stages of a rear-wheel-drive conversion and a Coyote 5.0L V8 swap. Owned and built by Matt Soppa, the Fusion is being pressed into drift car duty. Sporting the rear IRS from an S550 Mustang, the front subframe of an S197 Mustang, and the attitude (and, from American eyes, appearance) that seems to breathe more than a slight hint of Ford Falcon about it. There’s a full build series on YouTube with the car but for the moment, we’re interested in it’s final form: a smart-sized, rear-drive, manual trans four-door sedan. This generation Fusion is a looker and is a decent machine on it’s own accord, and the conversion process doesn’t actually look as bad as some other FWD-to-RWD swaps can be.

What would the interest level be on a Coyote Fusion like this one?

Here’s the first episode of the Fusion build! You can check out the five parts uploaded so far on the channel!

(Thanks to Charles Wickam for the tip!)

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8 thoughts on “Best of 2018: How About A Coyote-Powered, RWD Ford Fusion?

  1. Chevy Hatin' Mad Geordie

    Just sell this in the UK only as it would knock the AMG Mercedes, Audi R types and BMW M series cars off their perches and undercut them in cost – but only after having the steering wheel moved to the proper side. Building such a beautiful machine as this with so much potential only to skid around corners belching out toxic smoke is a waste of brain cells when it could be giving pleasure to thousands of drivers and making money as well!

  2. Gary Smrtic

    Ford thinks it has, apparently, forgotten how to build cars. I think it rather pathetic that they are essentially giving up on cars and saying, in effect, that only the Japs and Koreans know how to build cars people want…


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