• Jan 19, 2009
Click above for high-res gallery of 2010 Ford Taurus SHO spy shots

Thanks to our friends at BringBackTheSHO.com, we now have more evidence than ever that the SHO will rise again. These spy shots show a pair of serious looking Taurus sedans snapped along the I-75 corridor in Michigan Florida (the greenish grass and lack of snow suggest they weren't taken recently). These two sedans are different from the Limited and SES models we saw at the Detroit Auto Show last week, wearing new wheels (at least 19 or 20 inches in diameter), a decklid spoiler, different tail-lights and a new rear bumper that extends lower over a pair of dual tail-pipes. There's also a conspicuous looking badge on the rear end that's covered with camo tape. What could it be? Who knows for SHO?

We expect to find Ford's new 3.5L EcoBoost V6 underhood, which produces 355 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Well, that's what the engine produces in the 2010 Lincoln EcoBoost MKS, 2010 Lincoln EcoBoost MKT and 2010 Ford EcoBoost Flex. Whether or not Ford increases the engine's power for SHO duty (it does stand for Super High Output, after all) remains to be seen, but expect all-wheel drive and a flappy paddle, six-speed gearbox to be standard equipment. The 2009 Chicago Auto Show, where we expect this car to debut, just got a whole lot more interesting.


[Source: VWVortex via BringBackTheSHO.com, Photos used with permission of BBTS.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      No manual? Unfap.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You mean to say you'd actually get excited over a Taurus if it had a manual? I think the "!" in the headline is already pushing it...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mike B.
        You realize that what you have said is considered on here the same as telling one of your buddies, "A mouth is a mouth. I don't see what the difference is," when he asks why you got a male hooker to give you a blow job, right?
        • 6 Years Ago
        BoxerFanatic: I agree with your perspective, but a slight correction: the LS V8 never had a stick. I know, I was an LS diehard who owned and loved a 2002 V6 with a manual. That was the last year they ever made it with a manual, all 2003s and beyond - V6 or V8 - were autos. I think in total only about 3k were ever manuals - and kudos to Lincoln for making them!

        I had a friend who worked on the LS project from inception, when they rooked the platform from the Jag S-Type (which was then another of FoMoCo's value brands) and they just never had a gearbox available to them that could properly mate with the torque of the V8 at the time. The tran in the V6 was a Getrag and, up through 2002, the V6 had about -20 hp than V8 auto but kept up with it and handled substantially better. In 2003 they upped the hp of the v6 and v8 which is probably why they had to abandon the manual all together.

        Which is why I bolted from Lincoln to Caddy (06 CTS-V, FTW!) since I like my sedans sporting, not just sporty looking. fyi: the wife still drives an 03 LS V8 Sport, which is still a great, solid car. Too bad Lincoln abandoned the whole LS line and went with their Zephyr->MKwhatever lineup which doesn't enthuse me or her at all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Guys... guys..... Ford didn't announce anything... These are spy shots and theories from autoblog.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you don't need a manual in this large a car with onnly a hint of sportiness to it

        ah, had this been a Mustang without the manual thne I can see issues

        I saw the new Taurus driving around here in MI, and it looks very nice in person, but it is big and paddle shifters with 355HP is just fine for what it is.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you have a 6:1 ratio spread manual transmission 5,10,15,20,25,30, sure it would be slightly faster, but at the cost of highway mileage.
        The 6 speed automatic has a 5th gear of about 30mph per 1K revs. 6th gear is over 40mph.

        Does the SHO get the rear 'eLSD' or not? That is the deal maker.
        Iteration 4 Haldex is nothing special (it is really generation 2)

        and the price should be reasonable. It should be the same price as the entry level Hyundai Genesis, 33K, but if it ends up at $38K it is going to flop.

        Red rear turn signals, on a 2010 model year?
        http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/DOT/NHTSA/NRD/Multimedia/PDFs/Crash%20Avoidance/2008/811%20037.pdf
        • 6 Years Ago
        So Ford should make a manual version for the 10 people that are looking to race a large grandma sedan?
        • 6 Years Ago
        the manu-matic with shift paddles on the wheel isn't good enough? it holds whatever gear you set it in... i've never been a stick driver, so i wouldn't know the diff... but i would think that it works similarly, you just don't have to do the shifting yourself, but you pick the gear. that's gotta count for something...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good Lord you people whine and nitpick a lot. Many of you anyway.

      This thing looks great and will very likely offer top-notch performance and distinctive style for a pretty reasonable price. It's butt may not appeal to all, but at least it's not "butt-ugly" like the TL is from front to back, effeminate and placid like an Lexus or Infiniti, gawdy like a Pontiac, hideous like an Impala, boring-as-hell-looking like a BMW, cheap like a Chrysler pathetic like a Honda or Toyota, dumbed-down like a Mazda, euro-trash trendy like a Benz, or derivatively yawn-inspiring like a Hyundai.

      If you want bigger brakes, install them. If you must have a Yamaha manifold, then you are a brand whore. And although I would also prefer a manual, if you must have one there are extremely few choices out there any more, sadly, but I can understand from a marketing standpoint why it is not available. The market for them is small at this price point, and given the way you people nitpick you won't buy this car anyway so why offer it at all.

      Sheesh.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Which begs the question, why not do a mustang 4 door?

      Ford is run by idiots.

      Here buy this, we put an SHO badge on it. Its sporty, really.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Let me ask you something, what do you like, anything?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Only queers use paddles. : P (and BDSM freaks, but thats for another forum)

      Nobody buys a manual because they can shift faster than a computer, you buy it to feel what the engine and car are doing - to feel connected.

      If I have to explain this, than you just don't get it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am truly glad that the SHO is back! It is an amazing car!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Also, I've read in some places that the preliminary output of the original SHO (with input from Yamaha) was close to 300 hp, so Ford detuned it to keep the Mustang as the fastest car (a four-door FWD sedan outrunning and outgunning a two-door, RWD pony coupe? Give me a break!).
        Given that, I do wish that Ford was able to extract a little bit more power from this engine (but sure, 355 hp is great for a 3.5 L V6).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, they detuned it because at the time Ford didn't have any switchgear that could fit in the Taurus and handle 300 hp. Rather than whip up something new, they de-tuned.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Geez, you think these photos have been planted? By a PR dept.? Noooooo.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      When this thing comes it close to or above a 335 in price is it really going to be a good buy? Ford will probably have to price this around $39k base. Would you really spend upwards of $45k on a Taurus? What really made the SHO a great car was the bulletproof Yamaha engine. The Ecoboost concept really hasn't been proven yet.

      The main problem I have with the car is that they brought over some of the Euro design cues but only used them on the front, the rest of the car is a mess of stylings from all over the place. There are even some lines stolen from the Rolls Royce Phantom.

      The rear end is just terrible, it looks six feet high.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You know what? If that car -

      1) Was smaller
      2) Had a nicer rear
      3) Had manual

      I'd put it on my list.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Mazda FTW!

        Put the 2011 Ford Fusion on your list then! Because that's going to be what you're looking for.

        THIS CAR ROCK!
        • 6 Years Ago
        That was a diss? Sensitive much?

        BTW...I'm one of the few import fans who stands up for the domestic makes. So don't blow your horn before you know the song.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So basically you want a stick-shift Fusion SHO (if such a vehicle existed) and not a Taurus.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You'd want to wait for the Fusion Eco-boost. It's smaller, FWD, but will likely have an automatic.

        Overall, its hard to find a mid-size car with a manual. Even though they are offered, I'm willing to bet 90% of the stock are autos. So you get very little choice (the car will always be silver/black, lol!).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I gotta say that I am completely clueless. Why are so many of you going gaga over this very generic looking car? Admittedly its an improvement over the older models, but come on guys its no better looking than what already exists in this segment.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Don't get your hopes up, until Ford confirms this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      From front to back
      looksgoodlooksgoodohmygoditshorrible
      • 6 Years Ago
      My 3rd hand 1993 SHO auto. just passed 206k. It still cruises safely at 90mph., gets 22-25 mpg., costs peanuts to maintain, thanks to the abundance of Taurii at U-Pull, and has set me back a grand total of $400 for the last three years of use. When driving this car, I find that my quest to buy a "beater", has taken me down an unexpected road. My project 840 may turn into a wholesaling enterprise. Hell, even my finicky wife likes to play with it, and she hates cars. I guess what I am so poorly saying is that I have been shocked at the performance of this overused piece of Detroit iron. I looked for a parts chaser with some panache, and found the 21st century equivalent of the '56 Chevy 265 V8. Kids starting out could do worse than this car's performance per dollar. Just keep the tranny fluid clean....... and maybe upgrade the pads, too.
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