Wow, I was on the f'way with my V6 SEL, yesterday (40 degrees), I decided to stand on the pedal... Before I knew it I was at 100 :shock:, with room to go, AWESOME CAR!!! So I cleaned it when I got home... 8)
I topped mine out at 115 before I let off. I didn't want to go any faster with out tires/suspension that are safe at that speed. I'm not impressed with the stock tires and the suspension is a little floaty. The fastest I've gone in a road car is my SHO which topped out at 144. My Mustang is capable of going faster than that but the brakes suck and suspension/steering feel is horrible. I don't feel safe in that thing over 70. With a little work, I think a Fusion could be just as stable/safe as my SHO.
Just remember, speed doesn't kill, stupidity does. If you're going to hit high speeds, make sure the car can handle it. Keep it to flat, open back roads or empty highways.
Was running the interstate yesterday, post rush hour and things were moving pretty well. Shadowed an Infinity of some kind (they all look alike) in the fast lane. Quiet, smooth, very little wind noise. When I glanced at the speedo I was doing 95. Had no idea.
And thats with the I-4 5 speed. No doubt the I-4 will get to the 115 range or better, since the power build very progressively with the rpm.
According to discount they are VR rated with a 300AA tread wear/traction.
So they are good to what, 149mph?
I'm thinking ford wanted a slight margin (worn, or old tires), and its possible as Showtime mentioned that the suspension isn't really solid at high speeds. I noticed mine got a little bit floaty at high speeds too (bellow 100) , but I was only going fast for a few seconds.
Might be fun to take it to a nice "safe" race track and get a feel for it at higher speeds.
the stock tires are t rated on the 16's not evan h they only run up to 118mph, and on my v6 se the goviner kicks at 117mph, so i will be putting h rated bf goodrich tires on soon and flashes the ecu to put the speed limiter at 128mph
Guys: I believe these engines are set up fairly tight. You might want to wait till at least 10,000 miles before you really build a fire in it. I am pretty sure the engine computer does more than control peripheral sensors. So, if you black death a few pistons and run it in under warranty, the dealer will be able to figure it out. :shock:
OK since we are talking about speed I have question for the manual tranny people.
When I accelerate quickly or basically spin the front tires. Like in the snow, the front tires buck or slam like a motor mount is bad/lose. I do not have a good way to describe it since it does not happens often. It would also happen in my Focus periodically too, but not as bad so I am assuming that is just nothing.
So far it has only happened either in the snow when the tires break lose or when make a turn from a stop and the tires break lode from the salt and debris on the road.
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