The Taurus SHO, like the Taurus itself, is often remembered by fans and foes alike as one of the great modern American cars. Practical, powerful, stylish and affordable, it was to the 1990s what the Mustang was to the 1960s, at least to some. It was certainly one of the last must-have hot variants of a mainstream American sedan.
Today a brochure has leaked, reviving some of that emotion and hope for a new generation of the SHO. One one page of that brochure, the engine options are listed, including the line: "3.5L V6 GTDI". An educated guess leads one to believe that's a 3.5L V6 gasoline turbocharged direct-injected engine - or a wordy way of saying Ford's new EcoBoost V6.
The 2010 Ford Taurus was unveiled just a week ago at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, so full official details on the powertrain are yet to percolate through proper channels. But the idea of a 355kW (265kW) twin-turbo V6 at the heart of the new Taurus gives cause for excitement. Especially when that engine appears to be mated with an AWD drivetrain.
No information in the leaked brochure indicates the EcoBoost V6 will be available with the FWD option, but that's just as well since torque steer and traction would be perpetual bogeymen of such a configuration. No confirmation of the EcoBoost speculation, or whether this might mean a full SHO version - which would likely include an uprated suspension, appearance and performance package as well as the twin-turbo V6 engine - is in the works is yet forthcoming from Ford, but with the car's official sales debut rapidly drawing near, expect more details to come.
The leaked brochures also detail many of the available option sets on the new Taurus, including standard and optional features of the SE, SEL and Limited trim levels. For more details and full scans of the brochure, head on over to Jalopnik.