Ford has officially covered details of the 2010 Taurus SHO. It uses the company's new EcoBoost 3.5 V6 twin turbo to achieve 365hp. Prices start at US$37,995.
When rumours began circulating that Ford was bringing back the Taurus SHO name enthusiasts of the blue oval got pretty excited. Later the car was spied with the SHO badge on its dashboard, further heightening the anticipation. Now the wait is over as Ford finally releases details of the 2010 Taurus SHO performance saloon.
The new car's engine is a 3.5-litre Ford EcoBoost twin turbo V6 that makes 365hp (268kW) and 350 ft.-lbs. of torque. The torque is available from a broad band of between 1,500rpm to 5,500rpm. It comes fitted with a SelectShift 6-speed automatic gearbox that can be shifted via paddles behind the steering wheel for drivers wanting a bit more involvement and enthusiasm from their Taurus SHO.
A 4WD system ensures good grip at all times through the 19-inch Goodyear tyres. Optional 20-inchers from Michelin can be bought. Exterior features include a decklid mounted spoiler, twin chrome exhaust tips and a three-bar Ford signature grille. The car is also available in a range of colours.
The interior has a lot more drama. The MyKey system allows for speed restrictions as specified by the driver, an earlier low-fuel warning and audio system volume limits. The Ford SYNC system connects to MP3 players, iPods, memory sticks and PDAs. Optional extras include front seats that have a massage function, a rear view camera for incident-free reversing and adaptive cruise control. Other safety features include Blind Spot Information System with Traffic Alert which warns the driver of a vehicle that enters a defined blind spot zone or "sense" oncoming traffic as it reverses out of a parking space.
Production of the 2010 Taurus SHO will be at Ford's Chicago plant with sales commencing this summer. A base price of US$37,995, including destination has been set.