Ford Goes SEMA-Silly With 2013 Fusion
2012 SEMA Show
2012 SEMA ShowJust the Facts:
- Ford commissions four 2013 Fusion project vehicles for the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas, October 30-November 2.
- In addition to the modified Fusions, Ford plans to display dozens of project vehicles at SEMA.
- Among the mods for what may be the most boldly styled Ford family car ever: turbo kits, side exhaust, big-brake upgrades and coil-over suspension.
DEARBORN, Michigan — SEMA silly season officially kicks off today, it appears, as Ford Motor Company released images and details of four modified versions of the 2013 Fusion that will appear at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association tuner-fest, once again in Las Vegas, running October 30 to November 2.
Ford says the modded versions of the 2013 Fusion — which just hit showrooms last month — are but an appetizer for the dozens of vehicles Ford will showcase at SEMA. Following now-accepted SEMA-show practice for major automakers, each of the Fusions was tricked out by a different tuner "partner" to demonstrate various modification possibilities.
- The wildest of the bunch is the Tjin Edition Ford Fusion, which under the special Du Pont beige (?) paint job sports a Unique Fabrication/Vibrant turbo hop-up for the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and undoubtedly quiet side-exiting MagnaFlow exhaust. The king of neoprene, Katzkin, worked over the interior, and what would a SEMA car be without giant alloys — in this case, iForged Concave 21s that make room for a Baer big-brake kit.
- At the other end of the spectrum is 3dCarbon's discreet "Euro Series" body kit for the 2013 Fusion that's focused on visually lowering the car. The donor Fusion is fitted with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, all-wheel drive and Ford's six-speed SelecShift automatic transmission. Yes, folks, the only way to get a turbocharged, AWD 2013 Fusion is with the autobox.
- Ice Nine Group set out to make the 2013 Fusion in the idiom of a V8 Supercar-series racer. Ice Nine also seems to think the Fusion needs some lowering, a big ol' wing never hurt anybody, and the graphics package is grabby, for sure. This car is fitted with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost and a six-speed manual transmission; no details about performance upgrades, but it'll be interesting to see what tuners may wreak for the 1.6-liter EcoBoost.
- MRT Performance's interpretation of the new Fusion is oriented toward street performance, with a balance of styling, chassis and engine mods. This car, too, is a 2.0-liter/AWD model.
Edmunds says: The 2013 Fusion already has lots of visual chops, so the SEMA makeovers only enhance the I-want-one factor, though we want to see the research on the compatibility of soccer moms and NACA ducts.