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  • Ford may be bringing out a high-performance version of its midsize Fusion sedan
  • Spy shots show a Fusion with enlarged wheels, quad exhausts and camouflage
  • We might see the so-called Fusion ST when the sedan is face-lifted next year

A new high-performance version of the Ford Fusion sedan may be on the way soon -- if you believe recent spy shots, which appear to show a camouflaged Fusion being tested with a few sporty touches over a standard model.

Specifically, the spy shots show the sporty Fusion with heavy camouflage over the front and rear ends, traditionally the place where automakers add performance upgrades such as a larger front air dam or a rear diffuser. While we can't say those items are in place for sure, there's a chance they could be hiding under the camouflage.

What's more obvious, however, is the camouflaged Fusion's wheels and exhaust. In back is a quad exhaust setup, a common sign of a performance car, while the sedan seems to wear larger wheels than a standard Fusion. In addition to offering a sportier look, larger wheels also tend to indicate bulkier tires and improved grip.

When does the high-performance Fusion debut? Ford hasn't confirmed anything, but we wouldn't be surprised if a sporty ST version joined the Fusion's lineup when the sedan earns a face-lift some time next year. That would line up with the sporty Focus and Fiesta ST hatchbacks, which went on sale a few years after the standard models debuted.

What would power the Fusion ST? While today's most powerful Fusion model offers 240 horsepower, the sedan could use the Mustang's 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, which makes 295 hp, or the 300-hp 3.7-liter V6 from the Fusion's upscale Lincoln MKZ twin. The Fusion ST could offer all-wheel drive, which would be an upgrade from its standard front-wheel-drive setup.

Although nothing is confirmed, we're excited by the prospect of a Ford Fusion ST, and we'll keep you in the loop as further details develop.

What it means to you: A high-performance version of the Ford Fusion would round out a lineup that already offers base models, luxury models, fuel-efficient models and virtually everything in between.

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