• Feb 16, 2009
Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO

Charles, one of our eagle-eyed readers, came across this page on the Hennessey website announcing plans to offer upgrades for the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO. A quick email and a subsequent phone call from Mr. Hennessey himself confirmed that the power-obsessed tuner is hoping to exploit the new SHO's potential later this year.

John, a former first-gen SHO owner himself, was impressed with the new SHO's specs when it was revealed last week, and the hope is that enthusiasts will start looking for modifications once sales begin later this year. At the onset, expect intake and exhaust mods, followed by a boost controller, turbo and intercooler upgrades and possibly some suspension tweaks.

Since Ford is primarily marketing its line of EcoBoost engines towards fuel-conscious consumers, there's little doubt that the automaker left something on the table. We're sure tuners are ready to take up the challenge, and it looks like John and his team will be at the forefront.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I was prepared to like the international looks of this thing until a view of the blocky taillights, a slanty version of the ones on the van. Nonononono!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did anyone notice the SONY branding on what looks like a speaker above the GPS? Interesting. I wonder if the GPS system is theirs as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Since Ford is primarily marketing its line of EcoBoost engines towards fuel-conscious consumers,"

      There is nothing "ECO" about these engines. The SHO gets the same mileage as the 365HP, V8 G8 GT.

      Ford is, once again, lying when they say that these engines give V8 performance with V6 mileage. This engine has V8 power with V8 mileage...all with 6 cylinders.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford's lying? How about you, Matt, who always manages to stretch the numbers for the G8? You acknowledge your exaggeration when someone calls you on it but the next time you show up you're back to the same lies. The G8 has 361 hp not 365 and gets 15/24 not 17/25. The G8 V6, however, does get 17/25 but only has 256 hp. That's 17/25 same as the SHO. The SHO that has 365 hp. Now what was that about how Ford was lying about the EcoBoost getting V8 power with V6 mileage? Well, looks like they were telling the truth.

        So you can get mileage of 17/25 in a 256hp RWD G8 or an AWD SHO that just happens to have 109 more horsepower. Is that clear now?

        No one is saying the G8 GT doesn't get decent mileage for being a V8 but it's running on less than 8 cylinders with displacement-on-demand so it's not running as a V8 most of the time if you want to get those mileage numbers. And no matter how you slice it, 17/25 is better than 15/24.

        Now go put on your GM pajamas and fall asleep in your Corvette shaped bed gazing at pictures of your Silverado and G8 brochures.
        • 5 Years Ago
        " A V-8 does not constitute superiority."

        You're right. Ford V8 are boat anchors.

        "Also how do you know the driving dynamics of the G8 are better than that of the SHO?"

        The G8 has a much more balanced chassis. The SHO will be a pig just based on it's weight balance.

        "An AWD 2009 Ford Taurus is rated 17/24, yet you sit here and complain about a vehicle that achieves slightly better than that and has almost 100 more hp? Why don't you give it up?"

        You could look at it like that...but I am a realist..and I don't drink Blue kool-aid.

        When you have a company saying nonsense like "V8 power with V6 economy", I expect to see that...but instead I see V8 power with V8 MPGs...all from a lowly V6.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It really just sounds to me that you are hating on Ford and the car
        for no real reason. Ford is using smart marketing. The greenies will
        feel that they are helping the earth and the performance guys will
        love the twin turbos. And, as already noted, you get the safety of
        AWD(which normally saps gas mileage) while still having better gas
        mileage than the G8 GT AND more hp. You also have no idea how the dynamics of this car will compare to the G8. Im missing how Ford is misleading
        anyone. I think you are misleading yourself in the significance of
        what Ford is accomplishing with this car and drivetrain. I'm sure the future non awd ecoboost applications will only further prove this. And judging by your
        negative comment rating, many people agree with me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Matt - yr a twt who obviously doesn't live in the snowbelt. Enough from everybody about the manual tranny too. Ford Engineering has done a great job on this vehicle. Most of u guys are wannabes anyway, who will never even sit in, much less be in the market for, this car. If u don't like it, go buy a 535xi, which is what you'll have to get for the equivalent size, but OOOPS!, not available with the equivalent HP (300 vs. 365). Get out yr checkbook: base MSRP = $54,225 for the 09. Wanna bet it goes up in 10?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Matt what does the statement "proper V-8" even mean? A V-8 does not constitute superiority.

        Also how do you know the driving dynamics of the G8 are better than that of the SHO?

        An AWD 2009 Ford Taurus is rated 17/24, yet you sit here and complain about a vehicle that achieves slightly better than that and has almost 100 more hp? Why don't you give it up?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I never knew that I would ever say this but...

        The Pontiac G8 GT's small block 6.0L V8 is AWESOME. There's no replacement for displacement. The low end grunt, incredible amount of American muscle car style torque across the board, and smoothness across the range makes it quite a winner in my books.

        That said, I've never driven the new Taurus SHO, so I can't speak for it. Hopefully it will hold an excellent character of its own.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The consistency of Matt's negative comments about Ford make me believe that he is one of the several paid bloggers working for the competition who puts out as much negative spin as possible on anything Ford does.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Matt

        First of all, the G8 GT is rated 15/24

        I'm not gonna mention anything about fuel ratings about the SHO since they're not OFFICIAL ratings!

        You also have to put into consideration that this vehicle comes with AWD stardard and significantly lowers fuel economy

        Most ""CAR ENTHUSIASTS"" know that ^^, At least if that's the case!

        So stop with RANT please!
        • 5 Years Ago
        HAHAHA!!!

        You Ford cheerleaders crack me up! Come back when you take your blue blinders off.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car is absolutely beautiful. $38K, I'll take the Acura TL SH-AWD with 305 H.P and all the bells and whistles. Also get a prestige car with a 4 year/ 50000 warranty.
      • 5 Years Ago
      SAH-WEET!
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, how long would the customer's car stay in Hennessey's shop?

      5 years... 10 years... 15 years... still counting ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        He probably still has several 1999 SHO's sitting around his shop that he still hasn't returned!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder what it will take to kill Ford's 6f55 transmission?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Trees, front end collisions, and hybrids.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like this car, but, I'm having a hard time liking those dimples in the rear quarter panels. I'm still not sure about the taillights either.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like the "dimples" at the rear. Its just the overuse (in my OPINION) of chrome that I have a problem with.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who cares? I'd never hand that thief my car.

      I'm nore interested in seeing if Saleen will offer modifications. If they modify the F-150 (S331), then they've almost got to do the Taurus.

      Can you imagine if they dropped in the S302 Extreme's 5.0L?!
        • 5 Years Ago
        That would be such a beast.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well now, the future looks like Ford is going to be the BIGGEST of the Big 2.5. The product line is just getting better and better. GM needs to cut the fat and continue to bring the great bread and butter cars, with some heat like a Z/28, Malibu SS, Cruze SS(?), Vettes, and Caddy V's. SHO us the Beast!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      To all of you complaining about the chrome just knock it off. This car probably has less chrome than my Audi A6. WTF are you complaining about?
      • 5 Years Ago
      John stay out of ford. I am fine with Roush, shelby and Saleen working with ford. So bringing this to the table. A Roush SHO Taurus with 400 hp, lowered, tuned exhaust and some nice suspension will do great.
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