It isn’t hard to understand why the Ford Taurus became one of the best selling cars on the road in the ‘90s. It was reasonably priced, reliable, had loads of room, and – at least in its first two generations – was kind to the eyes. The late ‘90s and ‘00s versions weren’t as compelling to look at, which hints as to why the Taurus nameplate disappeared briefly. RELATED: Have you seen Gas Monkey Garage's tuned-up 1963 Ford Falcon?
But mention the word Taurus to any Ford fanatic, and they’ll probably answer back with “SHO.” Ford’s "Super High Output" variant made its debut in 1989 complete with a Yamaha 3.0-liter V6 and a Mazda five-speed manual transmission. That made for 220 horsepower and a top speed in the region of 143 mph. It also looked ravishing in black, and managed to get to 60 mph in just about 6.6 seconds.
Better looking than the Taurus it replaced, the SHO came with a revised front end that allowed the car to breath easier, and gave the fog lights a place to sit. It also came with grippier tires, a stiffer suspension, and sport bolstered seats with lumbar support. All that combined made for a sports sedan that was actually worth driving in the early '90s.
Today, the SHO still lives on in the current Taurus, but not to the extent that we'd like it. For true enthusiasts, the second generation Taurus proved to be a small slice of heaven from a normally mundane sedan.
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