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2009 Chicago Show: Taurus SHO Returns, Triumphant

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2010 Ford Taurus SHO

2010 Ford Taurus SHO

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•    What is it: A twin-turbo version of the 2010 Ford Taurus, bringing back the old “SHO” tag
•    Key facts: 365-hp V-6 is the most powerful “EcoBoost” Ford will offer; paddle-shifted automatic should add to sporting feel; Ford’s SYNC system is standard
•    On sale: Summer 2009
•    Price: $37,995

The 2010 Ford Taurus SHO marks its return to the blue-oval lineup this week with a world debut at the 2009 Chicago auto show.

The reborn SHO--the favorite of enthusiasts everywhere since it first was introduced on the first-generation Taurus--completes the new Taurus lineup with twin turbos, a tuned suspension, and some of the visual flair that made the original hotted-up Taurus a hit when it took its bow in 1989.

Over the course of ten years, Ford sold about 100,000 Taurus SHO sedans, most with a Yamaha-made V-6 engine, some with V-8s built by Yamaha. This time around, Ford's brought the engine work in-house, with a twin-turbo edition of the 3.5-liter V-6 that's taking a place in Ford products like the same-sized six over at Nissan. All that power shunts through all-wheel drive and a six-speed, paddle-shifted automatic.

With reasonable confidence, Ford says the new SHO should reignite interest in the big four-door. “The new Taurus SHO delivers on the authentic sleeper sedan formula but adds all-new luxury-appointments, convenience features and technologies to an unsurpassed balance of power and fuel economy,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas, in a release.  “This new sport derivative answers enthusiasts’ calls for a premium Ford flagship sedan with even more attitude.”

While the 2010 Taurus carries a mid-size price tag of $25,995, the new Taurus SHO checks in at a BMW-like $37,995. How will that go over with Ford fans? We'll find out this summer when the new SHO goes on sale.

Until then, get an extensive preview of the new sedan over at our 2010 Ford Taurus page, and find dozens of high-resolution photos as well. We'll be back later today with news from the Chicago show floor, more on the SHO, and live photos and videos of the new sport sedan.

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Comments (9)
  1. "SHO stopper"

    I am thrilled with the looks of the new Taurus, and more thrilled about a return of the SHO. I had a '93 SHO with the 5 speed, and that car was a blast to drive. This car has the ability to be a fantastic performance sedan. With the AWD torque steer shouldn't be an issue like it was in my '93. I love the understated design difference, it's what makes a SHO!!! Way to go Ford!!!
     
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  2. "Supercharged?"

    Wrong, Ecoboost 3.5's have twin turbos, not a supercharger.
    Oh yeah, I WANT THIS CAR!
     
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  3. "Nevermind BMW"

    But what about the superior and much cheaper G8 GT that's not selling? I'm not sure how they expect to unload a bunch of SHOs at close to $40K...
     
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  4. "Sleeper?"

    Sorry, if you're asking $37,995 for a car, you can't call it a sleeper. I think that quote right there shows just how detached Detroit is from its customers.
     
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  5. "$15K rebate out of the gate..."

    Then it may have a chance...
     
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  6. "Sleeper!"

    Twister, price doesn't have anything to do with a car being a sleeper. If a car appears to be standard, but is much more than you would expect... it's a sleeper. In fact, sleeper cars often have much more money in them than the base price of the car. They have to in order to get the performance you expect.
     
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  7. "Still not a sleeper"

    Ryan, you're telling me that if that Taurus pictured pulls up next to you at a stop light, you're going to assume that's your grandma's Taurus? It doesn't take a trained eye to see that's packing something special. And if you're spending $38G on a car, it better look better than the standard model. Take out the SYNC and other luxury bells and whistles, the leather seats I'm sure that accompany it, and the "visual flair", leave the twin-turbos, the tuned suspension, and performance tires you got yourself a sleeper. I'm not saying it's a bad car, I just don't see it catching anyone by surprise.
     
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  8. "Content"

    In 1998, I bought an SHO which cost quite a bit more than the LX and other models at the time. There was no optional equipment, however --it came loaded with every available option as standard. The price of this new SHO will seem much more reasonable if it includes virtually all the normally optional equipment. If, on the other hand, one would still have to pay extra for items such as the NAV system or adaptive cruise, then it will be less appealing. I'll keep my fingers crossed!
     
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  9. "How about a SHO Fusion"

    The Fusion gets a 3.5 in 2010 which is great.
    It would be hot with the twin turbo set up that
    the Taurus offers. All wheel drive of course.
    I prefer the nine inch rear wheel drive set up
    but those days are fading away.
     
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