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With the last Taurus rolling off the line, let's have a look at how it all began. We'll skip the original Taurus introductiory commercials because, well, we can't find any of them on YouTube right now. Instead, we'll jump to MY 1989 and have a gander at the spot introducing the first-generation Taurus SHO, whose stout Yamaha DOHC V6 is still talked about today. Alas, as our own John Neff -- possessor of a stalker-like obsession with the SHO -- will tell you, the engines are quite capable of outlasting the cars built around them. A problem, seeing as the rest of the car is kind of required in order to enjoy the engine.

But back when this '89 came out, none of that was a concern. It was about getting to the Ford store before the next guy to snap up one of the 220HP sedans.. The limited-production SHO, you see, was "Power in the hands of a fortunate few."

But how does it all end? Check back in later to find out...

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      • 8 Years Ago
      The Euro M3 of that time had a 3 liter inline6 that had 282hp & 236ft-lbs
      The US 1995 3.0 M3 engine was 240hp@6000 & 225ft-lbs@4250
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't want to sound like an ass, but the SHO Taurus was not something to brag about unless the guy your were racing against had a V-6 Camaro. The one thing I will say is that I wish Ford would make a bold move with the Fusion and introduce a turbo four or six (even better).
      • 8 Years Ago
      THIS is what BOLD MOVES was about.

      Although the advert was obviously dated, it showed that Ford had the chutzpah to do this.

      The Big 3 need to think about creating their vehicles as franchises. That is what Toyota, BMW and Mercedes do. They invest in each generation and make it better, rather than piss away their success.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was one of the few that bought one of the original 89s new. It was a special drive with a great engine. It was the first car that I;ve owned that would crusise at 100 and you could listen to the radio and relax. It handle the mountain roads well too, for a large sedan. I drove my 100k trouble free miles. Loved the car. I felt the later years got mushy so did not buy another one,
      • 8 Years Ago
      Seeing how Mazda is basically a Ford Puppet, I'd say that the concept of the SHO lives on in the Mazdaspeed 6.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree that for the time the SHO was a Bold move.

      Ford needs something to excite people about it's current line up. The mustang is great, but they need more.
      • 8 Years Ago
      MUSASHI66

      Yes 220 Hp from 3 liter not bad, and in 1992 was impressive. But again now every Tom, Dick, and Camry has a V6 of such power.

      My impression as that the engine was indestructable, but that all the other junk would break.

      One final thing; I found the wind noise at freeway speeds excessive. Disappointing because the car would cruise at high speed. Heck at 80 mph a 4 cyl Camry was much quieter.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Taurus?! Making the dream come true... for you!
      • 8 Years Ago
      If that isn't an 80's commercial, Awesome car for Ford
      • 8 Years Ago
      A friend of mine (we were about 19 at the time) bought a 4-cyl (2.5 I believe) Taurus with a 5-speed. Yes, you could get a 5-speed package called the "MT-5". Being a working student at the time, he did some mild customization, larger wheels and tires, discreet trunk spoiler, some other stuff he scavenged to make it in the "spirit" of a SHO, which he idolized.

      His vanity license plate was "NO SHO".
      • 8 Years Ago
      Although I was 4 when these cars came out, I still think they are very cool, but ive never had the chance to drive one. :(
      • 8 Years Ago
      I had an 89 SHO in silver, great car when it worked. Need new plugs and wires? $550 (you have to take of the intake manifold). Need a new clutch? $1,100. Finally, I got some minor front end damage, decided it was totalled and bought a brand new 2000 Civic. I've been happy (and slow) ever since.
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