It represents the top model for the flagship Taurus line, an all-wheel-drive model that features a unique grille, torque vectoring control for improved handling and a host of features that would drive up the cost in its European competitors.
It is show time with the Ford Taurus SHO. This special edition model was available in earlier Taurus models, then disappeared for about a decade. When the new, larger Taurus arrived in 2010, the SHO returned, a sedan powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. EcoBoost features direct fuel injection and twin turbochargers, enabling this model to pound out 365 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 350 foot-pounds of torque at 5,500 rpm. This engine is paired with a shiftable six-speed automatic transmission.
The powertrain arrangement is just part of the story with many other parts added to bring in a model that a host of standard and available features.
From a safety feature standpoint, you get a lot of features for the money. Electronic stability control; front, side and side curtain airbags; collision warning with brake support; a post-crash alert system, seat belt pretensioners and adaptive cruise control are standard.
Choose the SHO Performance Package and your sedan comes equipped with 20-inch summer tires, an upgrade cooling system, a recalibrated electronic steering system, enhanced stability control and a tighter drive ratio. A larger brake master cylinder and brake pads dissipate heat faster and resist brake fade. This model clocks 5.1 seconds when traveling from 0 to 60 mph.
There are roomier cabins in this segment than what the Taurus SHO offers, but this models offers comparable front and rear head room and leg room found in similar models from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.
Step inside and your eyes immediately seize upon the perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, its leather accented sport bolstered seats outfitted with embroidered S-H-O graphics, one of a kind aluminum trim (woven) and moveable aluminum foot pedals with driver memory.
Ford technology is apparent everywhere and includes MyFord Touch operated via SYNC, dual LCD color screens with 5-way buttons. These screens may be customized to feature information chosen by each driver by making use of voice commands, or through a simple touchscreen tap or button click. Today’s version of MyFord Touch is powered by Ford’s novice SYNC, which includes advanced voice control to handle Bluetooth-enabled electronic devices, adjust the audio players and most external media.
The Ford Taurus SHO is built in Chicago with its engine sourced from Cleveland. This model features a 24-valve engine that has a 10.0-to-1 compression ratio. Its curb weight tips the scales at 4,343 pounds and this model can pull up to 1,000 pounds.
The Taurus SHO sits on a 112.9-inch wheelbase and is 202.9 inches long by 76.2 inches wide by 60.7 inches tall. Its front track measures 65.3 inches, its rear track 65.5 inches. Total passenger volume is 102.2 cubic feet; its 20.1 cubic foot trunk is the largest in its class.
Front head room measures 39 inches to 37.8 inches in the rear. Front legroom is 41.9 inches to 38.1 inches in the rear. Shoulder room measures 57.9 inches up front to 56.9 inches in the back. Front hip room is 56.3 inches to 55.8 inches in the back.
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