• Oct 6, 2008
We've been eagerly awaiting the upcoming introduction of the 2010 Ford Taurus since we first laid eyes on the Mondeo-inspired clay mock-up that was leaked across the Internets. Ford already announced that Ecoboost technology would power at least one version of the 2010 model, and with a 350-hp twin-turbo V6 underhood, we're thinking it's finally SHO time again. The scribes over at World Car Fans have supposedly heard otherwise, though, at least when it comes to the name. Word from industry insiders has the nomenclature as Taurus ST.
World Car Fans got more than a scoop on names; they got some pics of the sporty Taurus, as well. It looks like Ford designers opened up the lower air dam to help feed the force-fed powerplant. The next generation of the corporate grille is partly visible, too, and it appears as though the bars got thinner and less cartoonish in execution. Headlights visible through the heavy camo appear to be of the LED kind, and they look far more modern than the current Taurus' 1990's design. Massive, MKS-like 20-inch rims help show this undercover Taurus has sporty pretenses, as does the duel exhaust out back. Also evident from the spy pics is the fact that the bulbous roofline from the current Taurus has been replaced with something far more shapely and contemporary. We're still a few months from seeing the 2010 Taurus in the flesh, but it's good to see that the high-performance version is well on its way.

[Source: World Car Fans]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Good idea, SHO and Fusion SHO

      Bad idea, not making SHO and Fusion SHO
      • 6 Years Ago
      well the point of the ST is i think ford IS trying to go with one performance badge on all their cars world wide. ST is the normal Euro trim level for a performance but still daily drivable car. Ford is also trying to go to "global" products and this new car looks allot like fords Europe devision styling, or more specifically like a "merger" or US and EU ford styling.

      I wonder if they have any intention to start offering some US cars in the EU?
      • 6 Years Ago
      V8... why? 350hp DI twin-turbo 6 is probably lighter and more fuel efficient, and more powerful than any normally aspirated V8 in Ford's lineup. Less expensive than the Yamaha one as well. V8 fords are going to be disappearing and I say good riddance. There's a reason why they've been getting whooped by the Japanese. The average buyer doesn't care about or want a V8. They want a high technology engine with decent fuel economy and durability. Period.

      Get with the times. I'm really worried that people will go back to their gas guzzling ways now that oil prices are dropping again. This car is going to be sweet but it's still too big. Wish its styling was on the Fusion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree with you Torrent. SHO's are nice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cant wait to see it in person. Wish it was a V8 though...
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks fantastic so far
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw two of these following a black camo small SUV down I-75S in Cincinnati this afternoon...It looks like it will be a beauty!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sounds like a Kuga was following
      • 6 Years Ago
      That looks like a MKS...pleeaasee don't make it a cheaper looking MKS. Lincoln is having enough trouble shaking off the image of being a Ford trim level. I really hope this Taurus looks more like the mondeo than a MKS!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        It looked like a cross between the MKS and the Mazda6 -- 6 style, MKS platform/stance.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This will be AWD. Front bias, rear bias, wtf cares. Audis are front biased AWD and I don't hear people complaining about them. In fact the VW group has never made a proper front engine-rear drive vehicle but people still love them.

        Frankly, I'd rather drive a FWD or "front biased" AWD car over a RWD any day. I borrowed a V8 300 last year for a day and actually had to call in to work because I couldn't back out of my parking space after 3 inches of snow fell. I'd move a foot, slip, the traction control would kick in and I'd be stalled. I guarantee you this vehicle will outperform a 300 in every category when it comes out despite being a "front biased AWD".
      • 6 Years Ago
      Matt:

      AWD is AWD, doesnt matter on whether the base vehicle is FWD or RWD. If AWD didnt make a difference then ford wouldnt have bothered with making it AWD in the first place.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have an AWD MKX. It makes a HUGE difference. It really feels like when i wanna take off from the line, the power goes to the back wheels that have more traction, and i get off FAST. Front wheel while crusing isn't bad at all, but when the power is needed in the back, it switches fast. You gotta drive one to appreciate it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just saw the 2010 Taurus yesterday and it doesn't take its styling cues from the MKS. It is a very sharp vehicle in its own right.
      • 6 Years Ago
      yes, true, but still hard to make out yet, we'll see how it appears when it's time
      • 6 Years Ago
      I challenge you to a duel.
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