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Could it be? Right in the midst of my own personal search for a mint Gen 1 (1989-1991) Taurus SHO comes pictoral proof that Ford may be resurrecting the Super High Output model. What we have here is one of many images published by Jalopnik showing the "SHO" moniker in its traditional font on the passenger side dash of a 2010 Ford Taurus.
What does it all mean? That's tough to say. The safe bet is that Ford may be developing a Taurus SHO concept car that could debut after the standard model is revealed at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show next month. It would also be safe to assume that a Taurus SHO would be powered by Ford's new EcoBoost V6, which is rumored to produce 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. That's a heaping helping more than the 220 hp produced by the Yamaha-built 3.0L V6 in the original SHO, but there's also a lot more Taurus to haul around these days.

While it's possible that Ford could be adding the SHO trim level back to the Taurus line, we hope these pictures portend the arrival of a concept car only. You might be wondering how such an avid SHO fan could speak such blasphemy, and the answer is that today's Taurus is far removed from the original that shocked the industry back in 1986. Back then the Taurus was a mid-size family sedan with a futuristic design that broke the mold, and the SHO was heralded as an M3 at half the price when it arrived in 1989. Today's Taurus is just too big and expensive to wear those shoes, though an M5 on sale for 50% off sounds tempting. If we're being honest, however, a Fusion SHO tuned by SVT would be irresistible.

[Source: Jalopnik]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Man I hope they make it ... but I also am praying for a Fusion SVT even more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Did they get the centerstack buttons from GM? I'm sure I've seen them in a Cobalt, Aveo, Hummer, Silverado, Escalade, and Malibu.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I dont see any way to change gears on this car. I hope thats not the case in the production version.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Um, even the '10 SEL and Limited will have paddle shifters, so you can bet that a performance version will as well.

        Ford is planning a performance version of the Fusion, but why call it a SHO? SHO is instantly recognizable as a performance version of the Ford Taurus. No other Ford has been called SHO. Makes perfect sense that the performance version of their Taurus flagship sedan would have the SHO name.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing. While I generally think manual trannies are overrated, I would hope there would be a manumatic function and/or paddle shifters on their "performance" model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now there is a domestic car that I might actually buy
      • 6 Years Ago
      If this thing was RWD...and not some weak FWD based AWD...then It would b on the list for my next car.

      But that FWD/AWD is a deal killer. If I wanted a performance FWD/AWD, I would buy a Cobalt SS.

      Solid base hit for Ford...but 350HP through the Front wheels is a grave no-no.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Since the Cobalt is thousands less and has no AWD I'm not sure what your point is. Either way this car would never be available with FWD. AWD only. If it's good enough for Audi and nobody complains about them why is it such a big deal when it's Ford? The truth is the majority of buyers will choose AWD over RWD no matter what size the car is. Sure the performance purist wants RWD but it's just not practical for every day driving. I drove a 300c for a weekend and got 2" of snow. I couldn't even back out of my parking space.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nelly:
        "Since the Cobalt is thousands less and has no AWD I'm not sure what your point is. Either way this car would never be available with FWD. AWD only. If it's good enough for Audi and nobody complains about them why is it such a big deal when it's Ford? The truth is the majority of buyers will choose AWD over RWD no matter what size the car is. Sure the performance purist wants RWD but it's just not practical for every day driving. I drove a 300c for a weekend and got 2" of snow. I couldn't even back out of my parking space."

        Nelly, no offense, but you don't know how to drive.

        How can you say that RWD is impractical for every day driving? Semi's are RWD, Fire trucks are RWD, Ambulances are RWD, Police cars (for the most part) are RWD, the tow trucks that tow FWD/AWD cars out of the ditch are RWD, school buses are RWD.

        And you are speaking to a person who drives a RWD car...with no silly traction control or a locking differential. I have never been stuck ONCE in my car.

        And Audi's AWD system is a rear-biased AWD system. Far different than Ford's silly FWD-BASED AWD system.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well that is what happens when Chrysler puts an open differential in a rear drive car with 54/46 weight distribution and doesn't use the 2nd reverse gear in the MB transmisison. (traction control & all-seasons aren't enough)
        But I guess Chrysler expected you to purchase the four wheel drive version.
      • 6 Years Ago
      man that steering wheel is a looker
        • 6 Years Ago
        Seems like they found the ford tempo parts bin...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would rather see a version of the Aussie Falcon, but given the results of the G8 experiment, that will likely not happen. I may have really considered a G8 if a flippin honest 6sp was offered in the GT.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One more vote for the Fusion SHO!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      350/350 through the front wheels would be a nightmare, so hopefully its AWD. The Taurus today is ok... but I agree (and hope) that it should be a Fusion SHO
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nobody is bailing Ford out. They have said that they only need a bail out loan if Chrysler or GM were to fail (because it could drag them down as well). If you dont know the facts of a given situation, maybe you should reserve comment until you do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You know, I'd personally be more interested in a Fusion SHO, but if I were Ford, I'd be putting that kind of power in a Lincoln. An S4-competitor from Lincoln would really give the brand some street credit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I’ll only take mine with a manual, and Ford will not make that car, be it the Fusion or the Taurus. And another year goes by were the only cars that I will buy are Japans or European. Please Ford, GM put a manual transmission is a few cars. G6, G8, Fusion V6, Malibu, LaCrosse, MKZ, Aura, Milan V6, and the list goes on.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It would cost Ford a lot of money to develop a M/T for the V6, and the market just isnt there for it. I, too, would love a V6-manual Fusion (not Taurus), but its such a niche market that they dont have money to spend on it for the few sales it would generate.

        They offered a Tempo and Contour with the V6 and manual trans, and very few sold. 10+ years later, most people prefer autos even more now than they did then. As I said, I'd love a V6-manual Fusion but it just isnt cost-effective for them to develop one. Lets just hope that when the '11 Focus gets an EcoBoost 4cyl (180 HP), it'll have a manual (I'm sure it will).
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