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The high performance 2013 Ford Explorer Sport configurator is live

The build page on now features the 2013 Ford Explorer which, most importantly, features the new Explorer Sport model that is powered by the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 borrowed from the Ford Taurus SHO with a starting price of $41,545 including the $825 destination fee.

Unfortunately, Ford Motor Company hasn’t offered up official power ratings for the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport but the same 3.5L EcoBoost V6 has been offered in the Ford Taurus SHO and the Ford F150 EcoBoost with power ratings of 365hp and torque ratings ranging from 350 to 420 lb-ft depending on the application. Ford has only promised that the Explorer Sport would offer “at least” 350 horsepower. When mated with the 6-speed automatic transmission that is controlled via steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, the advanced all wheel drive system and the sport-tuned suspension package – the Explorer Sport should certainly live up to its name.

The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport comes pretty much fully loaded in standard form with a price of $41,545 but for an additional $4,130, buyers can opt for the Equipment Group 402A which adds luxury features like voice controlled navigation, blind spot detection, a power rear liftgate, adjustable pedals, heated/cooled front seats, remote/push button start, Ford’s awesome ambient lighting package and other smaller features. Essentially, anything that you could ask for in an SUV is included in the 2013 Explorer Sport 402A models and adding this package brings the total price to $45,675.

Buyers of the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport can select from four different exterior paints (White Platinum Tri Coat, Ingot Silver, Tuxedo Black, Ruby Red Tri Coat) with the white tri coat costing $495 extra and the red tri coat costs an additional $395 where the silver and black come with no additional fee. All 2013 Explorer Sport models are fitted with unique black painted aluminum wheels. Exterior options include an $1,150 adaptive cruise control system, a $1,595 dual panel moonroof, $185 mud flaps, $135 roof rails and the $570 trailer tow package.

Inside, the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport comes with the buyers choice of Charcoal Black or Charcoal Black/Sienna (brown) two-tone leather which includes perforated surfaces with the 402A equipment package. Interior options include $75 floor mats, a $135 security shade for the rear cargo area, a $1,995 dual TV/DVD system in the back of the front headrests, and $750 dual rear bucket seats.

Finally, the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport build site allows you to select any Ford accessories that you would like to have equipped on the vehicle when it arrives. This includes a front bumper warning system for $279, a rear parking sensor system for $239, a factory vehicle alarm system for $156, an $86 hood deflector, a $219 car cover, $89 side window deflectors, and a wide variety of cargo management solutions for the rear area and for the top of the vehicle.

When checking every box in the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport configurator, including the most expensive (White Platinum Tri Coat) and all interior/exterior options but excluding any Ford accessories, the Explorer Sport carries an internet price of $52,760. That is quite a bit of money but if you go through the configurator and build out a 2013 Ford Explorer Limited with all wheel drive and the far less powerful 3.5L TiVCT V6 (non EcoBoost), it carries a fully loaded price of $52,310. Based on that, the modifications made to the Sport model effectively cost just $450 and at that price – how can you really pick the Limited with the 290hp V6?

The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport will arrive in dealerships later this year and based on the price relative to other models – we expect to see plenty of these performance minded Explorers on the open road.

Click here to check out the 2013 Ford Explorer configurator for yourself!