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There is a small contingent of enthusiasts, myself included, who would love to see the SHO badge return for a lucky Ford product. Being that it was originally used on a high-performance variant of the Taurus, it would make sense that the newly renamed 2008 Ford Taurus be first in line. Unfortunately, what was once the best-selling mid-size family sedan in the U.S. is now a certified Large Car by the EPA. Not exactly the most ideal canvas for a sports sedan.

We've shown you renderings in the past of what a resurrected Taurus SHO might look like, and while it could look good, damn good actually, anyone who's driven the new Taurus (it's currently in the Autoblog Garage, we'll have a review up soon) will tell you that it's entirely ill suited to be a SHO. BringBackTheSHO.com, a website that holds vigil for the return of my favorite car, has produced most of the late-model Taurus SHO renderings we've shown you, and they've produced their most interesting batch yet.

What about a Taurus SHO Coupe? Built on a shortened wheelbase, it would weigh less than the sedan, while still incorporating a serious motor (TwinForce anyone?) and all-wheel drive. We've got plenty of pics in the gallery below for you to consider. Some will still hate the idea, but I'm behind any plan that brings back the SHO.

[Source: BringBackTheSHO.com]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Honestly, that looks like what the Thunderbird should've been...much more inline with the 1st gen "modern" T-bird Turbo Coupe ('83-'88), not to mention the '89+ supercharged Super Coupe. As stated in the article, the Taurus has gotten too big to be a proper SHO, so how about a Fusion SHO?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was thinking, wasn't the mid 90's Thunderbird, just a Tarus coupe (but with RWD)?
        • 7 Years Ago
        oh no, not the turdbird.

        not unless Ford can return it to its early glory, which they cant.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A short-wheelbase, nose heavy front driver with overhangs of death? Oh sure that's a good idea!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Take the stripes off, work on the grille, and I think I could be interested. It's muscular and chunky looking. I actually kinda like it. I wonder what kind of market there is for large 2dr's these days though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      OMG is that really a Taurus.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why not just import one of the nice coupes from Australia instead? This thing concept (PS) is horrendous.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Snort! Though the original SHO was terrific, tweaking the 500/Taurus/VW Passat knock-off just doesn't quite work. Now, a 4-door SVT Focus, with the European platform...that would be quite nice indeed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know who is trying to pull your finger here, but Ford is not going to make SHO Taurus. The car is way to big - maybe they will do something with Fusion, which I think they should re-name Falcon. Fusion is great looking car - and I am not even into cars that much.
      Thomas C.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would really love to see a Mercury Sable Coupe
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can't say as though I am a fan of this rendering.

      And I don't think that there will ever be a Taurus coupe.

      A SHO Taurus would be awesome and I'd love seeing them around BUT I think an SHO Fusion would
      make more sense.

      And maybe a SHO Edge.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Had an Titanium 1989 (with that nasty single faced clutch and 10,00 mile Goodyears). The thing that attracted me to it was it was a Q-Ship and 4-doors, its stealth MUST be preserved.

      PS had a new 1996 Mustang also, they are 2 different beasts and should be kept in separate stalls.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd be much more interested in a Fusion SHO

      The Taurus is too big.
        • 7 Years Ago
        my thoughts exactly.

        and a fusion coupe (or Mondeo coupe, dare I dream) would be in line with the other midsize coupes popping up.

        Of course a Taurus coupe could compete with the new large-size Accord coupe (or is it only the sedan that is now large)?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The fusion SHO, with about 280 hp, awd, you know, like the Mazdaspeed6.

        They already have the platform, and not capitalizing on that and building another system from scratch (relatively speaking) makes no sense to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why not just buy a Mustang?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hmmmm..... because it too is an ill-handling pig-? yeah, I said it.
          • 7 Years Ago
          And who the he11 are you to say that BartMack?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why not buy a 'Stang? So why not? They are great cars BUT they are not SHOs. No matter how powerful a Pony is (and I've owned several in the 1970s when they were originally powerful) it will never compare to the original SHO.

        I had a 1989 SHO. Her name (even on the tag plate)was "SHOKA" which was Polish for "My SHO" and she was my best vehicle ever. SHOKA was even better than the 1970 Mustang Mach 1 I owned.

        So, go ahead a buy and enjoy a Mustang. Me, I'm waiting for a SHO or maybe I'll start looking for another '89, a Black/Gray like the one a car repair shop in Norcross, GA, USA destroyed in 1999.

        Chris Mazur
        Hiawassee, GA, USA
        • 7 Years Ago

        There would be very little demand for a Taurus SHO Coupe. Although SHOs weren't my favorite cars, it would be good to see Ford bringing back some of the good ol' days.

        As someone already said, 4 doors is a MUST. The sleeper/stealth look is what made the cars so special.
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