• May 7, 2008
Click above for gallery of more modern Taurus SHO renderings

Being an avid Super High Output fan, any news of a Taurus SHO return gets my imagination going. Should it be FWD, AWD, or RWD? V8-powered or have a twin-turbo V6 underhood? Should it be light and handle well or compensate for its mass with awesome amounts of power? I ask these questions to myself, but last Monday a group of 11 Chicago area SHO fanatics were asked those same questions by members of the Taurus program from Ford.

As told by Don Mallinson on V8Sho.com, the story goes that this band of brothers participated in a focus group and had their brains picked for an evening about what makes a SHO a SHO, and if the much missed name were to be resurrected, what should the car be like today? Mallinson is clear that he and the focus group participants did not see a prototype, sketches of a prototype, or anything else that would confirm development is well on its way. The experience was pretty much a one-way street of questions, but these 11 people may have influenced Ford's decision to bring back the SHO and, if so, in what way. Such an awesome responsibility, I probably couldn't handle it.


[Source: V8SHO.com via Jalopnik]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      id love to see the SHO return.... but i feel it would need to more on par with the G8 to really turn heads and get sales.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i wonder if conan was a part of the focus group. awesomely funny clip of him driving around in his green sho!
      • 6 Years Ago
      V8, RWD/AWD is the only way they could go, since the return of the SHO would have the G8 as a direct competitor. Anything else would be an also-ran.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think utilizing the Fusion as a base for an SHO version would be wiser than the Taurus. The new Taurus is just an absolutely massive car and it would just make way more sense to use the smaller and lighter Fusion for a performance car.

      An AWD/RWD Fusion with direct injected V8 rumble and requisite suspension tweaks and a few subtle body tweaks (a la Audi S4) would be killer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just got back from England and know a bit about Fords in Australia and all I have to say is:

      "Ford, why the hell are all your better models not for sale in the US."

      Thanks,
      -carsteve

      P.S. Good job on the Bullitt, but I dumped by black one for a brand new Cayman S.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They should do a Fusion SHO. I think Ford goofed by renaming the Taurus the Five Hundred and now back to the Taurus, nobody is going to relate a newer Taurus SHO to the old one. A awd V6 turbo Fusion would sell great seeing the the Fusion already has good sales numbers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Taurus was never named the Five Hundred. The Taurus and Five Hundred existed at the same time, and Ford decided to later resurrect the Taurus name.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Though I love the thought of a new SHO, I have a feeling that if it were done the way that it has been discussed with the current Taurus, it would most likely be unsuccesful. It would be like the latest GTO. Enthusiasts begged for a Holden for the American market, but it wasn't done right. The Taurus needs a different platform first, lighter and smaller. A Fusion SHO with a turbo 4 would be great. I would love to see a Fusion similar to the Mazdaspeed3.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the new SHO should be rear-wheel drive. Nothing brought a smile to my face is when you ponded on civics all day because they lost...to a Taurus.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't agree with all of those people who say they think the Fusion should be the next SHO. They shouldn't compare the size directly to the old SHO; instead, compare its size relative to the size of other cars at the time. In this case, the Taurus is a mid-sized sedan, and the Fusion is just a tad smaller.

      Assuming that the Taurus will keep it's primarily-FWD layout (which I don't see that changing, with the continuous rise in gas prices), give it FWD with an AWD option for those that really want a more performance-oriented car. With it being transversely mounted (assuming the same layout), put in the 3.5L V6 w/direct-injection, and keep it either N/A or single turbo, unless the dual-turbo setup of Twin-force wasn't that much more expensive. I'd almost say just keep it as a high-revving N/A, to help keep the cost down (I'd say it'd save $3,000 off the sticker price, no?).

      As for the rest of the car, I'm not really set one way or another. I'd like to see it lowered a little with a nice firm suspension, but why not let the aftermarket handle that like they handle it now for parts for the previous SHO's?

      Also, it'll definitely need to go on a diet. How about a little less sound-deadening, at least in front, to let the driver hear that kitten purr just a little better? :-) No heated/cooled seats, etc, that you don't mind foregoing just to save some weight. How about not having a full-sized spare because, really, why do you need a full-size spare? The purpose of a spare is to keep you mobile until you can make it to the closest auto shop to get the tire repaired or replaced!

      Unfortunately, none of this will happen, because that's not what's on Ford's mind right now.

      What they'll need to qualify as a SHO will be the U.S. version of the FPV Falcon, plain and simple. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Raise the bottom.
      Direct injection naturally aspirated 3.5 V6 (regular fuel, for Ford's target demographic) 280hp
      • 6 Years Ago
      this is the answer to a question no one asked.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree the Taurus is too frumpy to be an SHO. A Fusion SHO? - Yes. Bring the Australian Ford Falcon over and call it SHO? - definitely yes!
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