leftlane news said:Just minutes ago, Ford unveiled its high-performance sedan flagship, the 2010 Taurus SHO. Resurrecting a formerly discarded name, the SHO sedan will be powered by a 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. Power will go to all four wheels thanks to standard all-wheel-drive. The Taurus SHO will retail for $37,995 including destination when it goes on sale this summer.
Introduced in 1989, the original Taurus SHO was conceived as a “sleeper” performance sedan. Produced through 1999, more than 100,000 were sold. Given the strong following the previous-generation SHO has to this day, Ford says it had to pay careful attention to enthusiasts. The automaker says it consulted SHO enthusiasts during the development of the new model - in fact, more than 25 SHO club members from across the United States were on hand to witness the unveiling today at the Chicago Auto Show.
The foundation of the 2010 Taurus SHO is a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine, which delivers 365 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 350 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm. Clearly, the definition of “Super High Output” has changed over the years — the last SHO had just 235 hp, while its predecessor had only 220 hp.
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 also uses twin turbochargers, as opposed to a single unit. The reduced size of each turbocharger results in reduced internal inertia, allowing this advanced engine to avoid the “turbo lag” often prevalent in earlier-generation turbocharged vehicles. Meanwhile, direct injection promises improved fuel economy and a smoother response from the engine.
The new Taurus SHO driveline combines a six-speed 6F55 SelectShift transmission with standard torque-sensing all-wheel-drive. The six-speed transmission offers a wide array of gears to enable quick acceleration, yet comfortable high-speed cruising, through a 2.77 to 1 final drive ratio. SelectShift provides conventional automatic operation or a manual shift mode that gives the driver complete control via paddle shifters. For performance-minded drivers, paddle controls allow “match-rev” downshifts and will hold manually selected gears for precise control.
For the discriminating automotive enthusiast, Taurus SHO offers an available SHO Performance Package consisting of upgraded brake pads, recalibrated power-assisted steering for even more responsiveness, a “Sport Mode” setting for the standard AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control and a shorter 3.16 to 1 final drive ratio for faster acceleration. Summer-compound 20-inch Goodyear Eagle F1 performance tires on premium painted wheels also are included.
Standard features include: push-button start, the Easy Fuel capless fuel filler, Ford SYNC with voice activation, and ambient lighting. Also standard is MyKey, which enables the owner to set specific limits for certain operators, such as new drivers. These ‘parental controls’ include the ability to set an 80 mph speed limiter, stereo volume limiter, consistently-engaged stability control, speed chimes, a persistent safety belt reminder, and earlier low-fuel warning.
Options include a reverse camera, radar-based adaptive cruise control, blind spot alert, Cross Traffic Alert (for reversing into traffic), massaging seats, voice-activated navigation, and a 12 speaker 390-watt Sony sound system.
as an owner of a first generation SHO I was interested to hear this, but I must say that I am disappointed with what ford delivered on this unit. This new iteration seems to be missing the one thing that made the original SHOs great, soul. I have no doubt that the new car will be great technological wonder, but other than an eco-boost, nothing here that you can't get from any other sport sedan.
But what really surprises me is that the car with the eco-boost is only rated at 25 MPG highway. I thought the 'boost was supposed to deliver high power with high MPG, that's really not much better than I get with my Bullitt - although, 365 HP is a significant improvement over our 315.