Ford Sharpens the Edge with more Sport

Launched as the premium trim level in 2009, the 2011 Ford Edge Sport will give owners more thrill, style and technology.

?The 2011 Ford Edge Sport is bolder, more powerful and has more customer-focused technology than ever before,? said Elaine Bannon, chief engineer. ?Edge customers value style and technology. The 2011 Edge Sport delivers the ultimate in both, now with class-leading performance.?

A new 305-hp, 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V-6 engine powers the Sport producing?40 more horsepower over the outgoing Edge Sport while still delivering 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway fuel economy.

Advanced technology and clever control strategies help the 2011 Edge Sport produce power efficiently. Ti-VCT, for example, enables precise and variable control of the intake and exhaust camshafts to optimize performance and fuel economy.

The new engine is mated to a six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission with upgraded, class-exclusive paddle shift activation inspired by sports cars.

?For 2011, the paddle shift activation for the Edge Sport is ?live in drive,? which means the customer doesn?t have to shift to ?M? or manual mode,? said Rich Kreder, vehicle engineering manager. ?Instead, while in Drive, the driver can pull the ?+? paddle on the right side of the steering wheel or ?-? paddle on the left side of the steering wheel to go up or down gears. It?s a much more engaging and intuitive experience.?

The Sport has new standard 22-inch forged aluminum wheels and enhanced sport-tuned suspension that improve handling without compromising the ride quality.

The industry-first MyFord Touch driver connect technology powered by SYNC? provides a smarter, safer, simpler way to connect drivers with in-car technologies and their digital lives. It replaces traditional vehicle buttons, knobs and gauges with clear, crisp LCD screens and five-way controls like those found on cell phones and MP3 players and also uses intuitive voice commands.

Standard on the 2011 Edge Sport, MyFord Touch displays information using two 4.2-inch full-color LCD screens flanking an analog speedometer and an 8-inch touch-screen LCD at the top of the center stack. A five-way switch on each side of the steering wheel controls the information displayed on the corresponding instrument panel screens. The screens can be personalized to display information relevant to each individual driver.

Ford Edge Sport pricing starts at $36,995 including the destination charge, while the base level SE starts at $27,995.

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