Legend swaps a Coyote V8 in a Ford Fusion and builds the American M5 we all want
Does the phrase "American M5" get you all giddy in the pantaloons? It should, because it really doesn't exist. Sure we have Dodge with the Hellcats, but there's nothing as refined as an M5 and the new M5 is a barn-burner.
The Fusion has always been a handsome car, taking design cues from the old – and near perfect – Aston Martin design language. This was left over from when Ford owned Aston Martin for a bit. The Fusion's front end is testament to all that.
What the Fusion has lacked was some much needed cajones. The Ecoboost engine is no slouch, but what would happen if they made a truly enthusiast focused Fusion for the masses. Well you might get this right here.
Oh and did we mention it's rear wheel drive? Matt Soppa is the owner and swapper in this case and he, in my book, is an absolute legend. His Fusion is a 2016 and the "Mustang swap" is extremely awesome. Matt basically frankensteined an independent rear suspension (or IRS for short) from an S550 Mustang and the front subframe of an S197 Mustang, factory motor, and a straight pipe exhaust, then put it all into the Fusion. This thing does some very happy drifts and sounds as if the world is ending. Head to 6:20 in the above video for the sound. WARNING: RIP headphone users...
But the truly awesome thing about this build is that this is what Ford should actually make. Instead of 86'ing all the sedans, keep one around and make it a monster. Make it more daily friendly of course, but just make a RWD Fusion with 450-500hp. Ford has confirmed they are keeping the Mustang around anyway. So why not make a Mustang/Fusion combo? Get their MPGs elsewhere.
There must be some of us out there that would buy this, at (I'm sure) a seriously lower price, than an M5 right? Am I insane here?
I don't know about you, but I would.