• May 8, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the BringBacktheSHO Concept V2

We heard yesterday from a group of Ford Taurus SHO fans who were questioned in a focus group by Ford employees working on the next Taurus program, so we know that the Blue Oval is at least considering a high performance version of the next Taurus. Combine that with a grainy cell phone pic we posted of what could be a design study for the next Taurus and you've got fertile elements for our friends over at BringBacktheSHO.com who specialize in letting their imaginations run wild. Ryan Pasch who runs the website actually attended the focus group in question earlier this week, so these renderings based off of that grainy camera phone pic may be more accurate than we realize. Pasch calls the car in his renders the BringBacktheSHO Concept V2, and judging from the pics in our gallery below, we're as ready for the SHO's triumphant return as he his.


[Source: BringBacktheSHO]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I never quite understand these fond recollections of the SHO... perhaps its first two years of production it was something of a barnstormer... but by '92 Ford made it way too fat... it was one thing when it was straddling the 3000-lb mark... but then it kept going up and up and it killed it.

      Frankly, after it's first revision it wasn't all that much more exciting than a 3.8L W-body... it put out slightly more HP and the same amount of torque IIRC... and by that point it weighed about the same if not more.

      Then the 3.4L Yamaha V8 versions were just plain pathetic... I never understood the point of that "upgrade." They made what?? Like 15 more HP than the 3.2s and just about the same amount of torque. They again may have ruled the roost compared to their domestic competition for '96, albeit barely... but then by the time GM released the redesigned W-bodies in '97, those SHO simply paled in comparison to the Supercharged 3.8L models like the GS/GTP... as I believe they weighed a bit less while churning out way more power - 240hp/280lb-ft compared to the 235hp/230lb-ft of the SHO.

      I guess I just don't recall the same as others do when thinking about the SHO. Sure... I suppose compared to "regular" Taurus' of the time, they were "exciting," but compared to their domestic competition the best they ever did was stack up evenly... only to eventually pale in comparison...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh wow...Ford is once again using those stupid focus groups composed of people who don't know anything other than "ahhem well I guess the trunk could be a bit bigger".

      Can Ford just let designers and engineers do their work? Using focus groups is just so useless...it's exactly like driving forward and looking into a rearview mirror. Typical American "hit the easy button" approach.

      Anyways, rwd Ford Taurus aka Ford Falcon would make a ton of sense. Bring Mondeo to be the c/d car, and Taurus can be the full-size sedan.

      Common sense goes a long way...
      • 6 Years Ago
      So if they bring back the SHO, its direct competitors would be the 5.3 cars from GM and the 4 door G35's and stuff right? Those Impala SS's are pretty sweet rides (personally im waiting to dump my 4.0 Aurora to my kid so i can pick up a Grand Prix GXP in red....or an SHO =)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great looking car, though I'm not feeling the stripes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's just the Mondeo. In fact, I think it's the exact same pic that was posted a few days ago with added go-fast stripes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm happy to see American manufacturers add some spice to their lineups but I don't understand all of the hoopla over the SHO. The Spirit RT was cheaper and quite a bit faster.
      http://s87767992.onlinehome.us/spiritRT/history.html
      I think a faster Fusion with a tasteful exterior would make more sense. Just my 2 cents.
        • 6 Years Ago
        For some reason the SHO developed a following that the R/T did not. Possibly because the R/T was only on sale for a few years.

        Hey, maybe a new SHO would encourage Dodge to step up to the plate with a new R/T?
        • 6 Years Ago
        So, by tasteful exterior, you mean Mercury Milan? :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      So...why not just bring the Mondeo over, call it a Taurus (if you must) and crank some more performance out of it? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

      Those rally stripes set it off.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Funny....looks like a Mondeo now. How about JustgiveustheMondeo.com?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I see Audi lines.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Although id like to see another SHO taurus....i say keep it and bring over the falcon for a sports sedan...it'll keep the G8 on its toes!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't think Ford is too off base to build a performance model. Even a short run off would help bolster the brand and increase sales of the base model (in theory).

      If for is going to use an existing platform I think the Taurus is a good as any. Many people have talked about a SHO / SVT fusion. I think this would be the wrong place to start especially if it is AWD. It would quickly be compared to the STI and EVO where is would be certainly fall far short of the mark.

      The main direct competition for a SHO would be the G8 where I would also think it would come in second. However they could still accomplish their goals with this.

      What Ford needs is a dedicated performance platform. I have problems even calling the Mustang this.

      Other ford markets have cars that could fit the bill. A Falcon or a Euro Focus could fit into the lineup.

      A sport compact makes the most sense with gas prices and their current line up. Even with the over saturation of these cars I think ford could settle into the top three and feel good about its self.

      Dodge did this with the SRT4 Neon. I think it shocked a lot of people with its performance and value. However at the end of the day it was still a Neon. And what ever Ford does and the end of the day it will be a Ford. They have a lot of work ahead of them to build the street cred of a performance badge.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I talked to a lady that runs the promotional division of ford and she said the new-new Taurus is awesome. They've had focus groups and dealers come take a look at it and they all loved it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wait...a ford promotional person saying something from ford is awesome? never heard of that! maybe cause it's her job to say that?
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