The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is getting ready to hit the dealerships this fall and from the sounds of it, Explorer fans are going to be excited to get their hands on this new edition. It features a 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 and has been updated with premium interior features and exterior design elements to give it a sportier image. Ford was initially hoping to get at least 350 horsepower for this model, and as usual, overshot their mark in a good way. Instead of 350 horses, the Explorer Sport has 365 horsepower and 360 pound feet of torque. That’s the same totals that are found in the Taurus SHO sedan, which makes sense since they share the same engine.
As you can imagine the new horses and torque are going to create a greatly improved ride over the 290 horsepower and 255 pound feet of torque that the previous model offered from the naturally aspirated V6 it hosts. Fuel economy doesn’t take too bad of a hit either. The Ford Explorer Sport is officially rated at getting 16 city miles per hour and 22 highway miles per hour. While this doesn’t sound fantastic, Ford is quick to point out it’s better than the V8 powered Jeep Grand Cherokee or Dodge Durango, but we probably could have figured that out on our own.
Bill Gubing, chief engineer for Explorer, Taurus and Police Interceptor vehicles comments about the new Sport, “Explorer Sport hits a sweet-spot combination of power, usable torque, 4WD capability, with class-leading fuel efficiency. The Explorer Sport EcoBoost engine matches Taurus SHO for output and the Terrain Management System has been specifically calibrated to optimize increased power – regardless of the road or conditions.
“Explorer Sport is an uncompromised high-performance SUV,” said Gubing. “From making changes to the chassis and suspension, uniquely calibrating the Terrain Management System for added power, we’re delivering an SUV that delivers great dynamics and performance – while towing up to 5,000 pounds.”