Ford revives performance sedan heritage with 2010 Taurus SHO


The theme is finding ways to stay green while still delivering solid performance

The theme is finding ways to stay green while still delivering solid performance

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Fast factory versions of frumpy family sedans are nothing new - they've been around almost as long as the industry has - but few really capture the mind of the auto enthusiast like the Ford Taurus SHO (Super High Output) did during the 1990s. Perhaps because it was one of the few American takes on the concept at the time, or perhaps because it was simply a quick and fun sedan, but whatever it was SHO fans are still clamoring for a revival.

Today those fans finally get their wish as Ford has unveiled a new SHO based on the 2010 Taurus. Scheduled to make its debut at this week’s Chicago Auto Show, the 2010 Taurus SHO comes with the Blue Oval’s latest 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine matched to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shifters and an AWD system.

Peak output is rated at 365hp (272kW) and 350lb-ft (474Nm), making the Taurus SHO the most powerful application of EcoBoost so far. Ford is yet to reveal any performance or fuel-economy figures but expect to see 0-60mph times in the low six seconds bracket.

The Taurus SHO driveline is contemporized with the incorporation of a partial AWD system that engages automatically when it detects the wheels are slipping. The unit contains an array of internal electromechanical clutches to distribute torque to individual wheels to maximize traction. Other features include a fuel-saving electronic power-assisted steering system (EPAS), a sport-tuned suspension with unique shock absorbers, springs, stabilizer bars and strut mount bushings, and 19in alloy wheels as standard.

Ford will also offer a SHO Performance Package, which consists of upgraded brake pads, a recalibrated EPAS, a special ‘Sport Mode’ for the electronic stability control, and 20in alloy wheels.

Setting apart the Taurus SHO from the standard sedan on which it is based are painted alloy wheels, a decklid-mounted spoiler and twin chrome exhaust tips, a unique grille and SHO badging. Inside, there are leather-trimmed seats with suede inserts, a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, 10-way power adjustable front seats, SHO branding on the floor mats and seats, and faux aluminum trim accents.

Available options include a reverse camera, adaptive cruise control, and Ford’s latest Blind Spot Information System and Cross Traffic Alert warning systems. Other goodies include massaging seats, a voice-activated navigation system and 10GB juke box, and a 12-speaker Sony audio system.

The Taurus SHO will be built at Ford’s Chicago assembly plant and will be available in dealerships by the middle of the year at a starting price of $37,995.

2010 Ford Taurus SHO

 
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