Ford Taurus RS: Could the SHO Have a Big Bad Brother?

Late last year, Ford dropped a bombshell on its performance crowd – 12 hot new performance cars set to arrive between now and 2020 on a global scale… good news indeed. Since the announcement, the Blue Oval has unveiled its next-gen Raptor F-150, Ford GT supercar, Shelby GT350 (GT350R), and Ford Focus RS That still leaves quite a few unknowns in the equation, which begs the question, what else can Ford fans expect? If the rendering wizards at X-Tomi Design had their way, the world could be looking at a hotter-than-hot Ford Taurus RS sedan (pictured above). The latest version of Ford’s longstanding Taurus nameplate debuted this week at China’s Shanghai Auto Show, donating its sharp lines and styling to the RS render. Ford notes that this longer-wheelbase version was developed specifically for the Chinese market, and made no indication it could be US bound. Various industry rumors suggest its new styling will, however. RELATED: Take a Closer Look at the 2016 Ford Taurus For China, the 2016 Taurus packs Ford’s 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, which summons up 315 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque in the platform-sharing 2015 Ford Edge. That number falls short of the current US-market Taurus SHO, which generates 365 ponies from its twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. If a global Taurus RS car did materialize – doubtful as it may – it would need to be significantly more hard-lined than the rather reserved, yet potent SHO. The appetite for large sedans in China remains incredibly strong. In the US however, it has tapered off. Taurus sales have remained low from their pre-recession highs of over 300,000 units per year, now hovering around 62,000 annually. The original Taurus SHO made a splash (both in performance and sales) when it debuted in 1989, putting all comparable sports sedans in its back mirrors. Perhaps an over-the-top RS version could pull the same type of trick today? RELATED: See why the 1989 Taurus SHO was Ford's unlikely winner _____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide

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