305-HP 2011 Ford Edge Sport Actually Slower Than 280-hp SEL Model

305-HP 2011 Ford Edge Sport Actually Slower Than 280-hp SEL Model

Thanks to some good old fashioned vehicle performance testing, the folks at Motor Trend have discovered the disappointing reality of the Mustang V6-powered 2011 Ford Edge. Billed as the top performer in the Edge lineup (refreshed for 2011 with new engines), the actual performance stats paint a different picture.

At first glance the numbers seem to tell the whole story with the 3.7-liter V6 in the Sport making 305-hp and 280 ft-lbs of torque while the 3.5-liter V6 in the SEL trim level makes 280-hp and 253 ft-lbs of torque.

But when put to the test, the less-powerful SEL model handily bested the Sport, with a 7.1 second 0-60 mph time, compared to just 7.6 for the Sport.

The reason for the Sport’s slower time is due to a significantly higher curb weight, with the SEL model rated at 4,065 lbs, while the portly Sport busts the scales at 4,405 lbs. To be fair, the Sport model tested did use an optional AWD system that adds weight. However, AWD isn’t likely to add all of that 400 lbs, with some of it sure to come from the oversized 22-inch wheels. And even without the added AWD weight, the two models would at best be tied in terms of performance.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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