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Our lucky compatriots at AOL Autos had the chance to get some passenger-seat time in the all-new 2010 Ford Taurus SHO, along with a glimpse into the inner-workings of FoMoCo's engineering team. The story centers around Ford's only female Vehicle Dynamics Development Engineer, Christina "Crissy" Rodriguez, who's "equal parts engineer, race driver and vehicle psychologist."

During her 12-year stint at Ford, Rodriguez has been instrumental in the development of a number of vehicles and has spent the last eight years tuning the chassis that underpins the new Taurus, along with its platform siblings, the Lincoln MKS and Ford Flex.

The final third of the article gets into the performance and dynamics of the SHO, where Rodriguez takes AOL Auto's Rex Roy for a spin around Ford's Dearborn proving grounds. While its not a comprehensive review of the hottest Taurus in over a decade, Roy reports that the six-speed automatic shifts smoothly and quickly, forward momentum is electric, the sonorous sounds from the engine are top-notch and, most telling, "the faster Rodriguez drove, the smaller the Taurus seemed to get..." Sounds like a winning combination so far, and you can read the full "First Ride" here.

[Source: AOL Autos | Image Source: Ford, Rex Roy]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't care if it has 500hp, a $40,000 ford? rather have less power and drive a midsize G37. No I'm not a japanese car fanboy, I'd take a focus RS if they only offered it in the states ;(
        • 5 Years Ago
        You wouldn't buy a 500 HP $40,000 Ford? So no GT-500? Or Ford GT? But you'd buy a G37... wow. Yeah, nothing I can say would be... toned-down enough to NOT be terribly rude.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So you'll buy a re-badged and price-inflated Nissan Skyline, but not a Ford? Oh, unless it's a European Ford. Right, you don't have any bias at all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The G37 Is in a completely different class so I do not understand your logic.

        As for the comment that the G37 is an "Over-inflated skyline". At least the G37 can hold it's value (you get what you pay for).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think we should be expecting the Taurus SHO to be a great "Sports Sedan". I have seen it live a couple times, and it is big and heavier looking, kind of like a 300C. And it is tall.

      I suspect Ford is targeting it more towards the Mercury Marauder types rather than the SHO fans. It seems big enough to easily be the Crown Vic replacement, and shows more hints of the big Ford Interceptor Concept rather than the original SHO.

      There is lots of room between it and the Fusion Sport for the Sport to step up with a TTV6 and be the real Ford Sport Sedan, which I think would be a good thing. All we need is for the Fusion to get it's own magic name like the SHO's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, a giant fat car body rolling all over the track. And it has a FWD bias.

      Sign me up! Not.

      Why on Earth would anyone pay nearly 40 large for this big turd when you can get a G8 GXP with 3,000 off or more right now?

      Ford is going to sell the same amount of these as they did the older Taurus, none.

      Why couldn't they make an SHO out of the Fusion? Now that would have been something. It's the right size and the right weight for the job.
        • 5 Years Ago
        1. It's RWD biased

        2. Pontiac is dead. That stigma isn't going anywhere. No one wants a car from a dead brand, except maybe an enthusiast?

        3. There's a Fusion GT. SHO is reserved for the Taurus. Always will be.

        Furthermore, if people really cared about RWD vs FWD based drivetrains, then people would buy accordingly. However, since the majority of the cars sold in this country are FWD and automatics, you really think a company is going to re-tool their manufacturing to please a "FEW" enthusiasts???
        • 5 Years Ago
        You obviously didn't read about the rear wheel bias on the SHO. Obviously. I want to see this up against an Audi A6.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Another post from TriShield, another pile of ridiculous bullcrap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey, I've raced triathlons with her! Great job Crissy!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone notice they went back to the tail lights they had originally on the SHO?
      Hope they don't stick with these ones.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like this car.

      Tell Ms. Rodriguez "great job"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Consider that no one has driven the SHO and written a preview yet and interest is very high! That's because Ford has focused most of its marketing and PR efforts on the Fusion and Hybrid with very good results - April sales look strong!

      I can't wait to read the first real previews of the Tuarus and SHO, especially with the "track-pack" for enthusiasts! This is going to be an awesome ride!

      Why? Because the twin-turbo V6 with 350 ft-lbs of peak torque at ONLY 1500 rpm is going to feel like an electric motor "launching" the SHO! Read the review and that is exactly what Crissy is quoted as saying! If you have ever experienced the incredible G-force lauch of an electric motorized vehicle with that kind of torque that is coming with the EcoBoost you are going to be BLOWN AWAY by its performance! Superior to any V8 in its class!!!

      Ford is keeping tight lips on this performance because they know they are going to blow peoples minds when you experience the EcoBoost! From a techy's perspective, just look at the HP and torque graphs and you'll see the comparison vs. any V8... AWESOME!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yawn...another boring FWD, V6 snooze mobile.

      You know Ford, it would have been cheaper to give us the Australian Falcon...rather than make your large bland mobile LOOK like the Australian Falcon and installing a much more complex (and NO more efficient) engine.

      Quit playing games...if Americans want an Avalon, let them buy an Avalon...no need to try and replicate that boring market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You gonna buy one? Are you going to spend 38K on a Ford Taurus...one with a V6 and FWD-BASED AWD? Hope you like you arms being ripped out of their sockets.

        I can tell you one thing, I would be the first in line to buy the proper engine (V8) and proper drive (RWD) Falcon if it were over here. I would never spend almost 40K...or 45K with options on a Ford "rent me from Enterprise" Taurus.

        The original SHO was something unique...this new SHO is like polishing a turd...and we all know how that saying ends...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yawn...another boring post from Matt
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yawn, another TT 350 HP AWD fullsize car for 37000. God there are so many of those that I get tired of seeing them.
        Especially the Toyota Camry, Christ that is one hell of a looker and handler. I think it ran the ring in 7:24.36, you can see the video at Getaclue.com
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well thank God that Ford decided to send a random blogger the preproduction vehicle for his private and not at all biased review. Can you tell me now the sales numbers that the Taurus will have for the year oh Great One.
        What can you tell me about other future vehicles Great Carstrodomaus. Will the 2035 Toyota Camry be as craptastic as it is now? Will the future bring a new and fresh version of Pontiac named Fireturd?
        Can I have your cell number so I can get all my future car related news? With your insight I can only imagine Autoblog is no longer needed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Right...nobody would be that stupid.

        Oh wait, the Taurus competes with the Avalon...
        • 5 Years Ago
        No Avalon has a 350hp TT V6. However yes a proper RWD V8 would be MUCH better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Genius Matt still hasn't figured out why all of his comments are low ranked.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah but the 2011 Taurus will blow the doors off the 2011 Pontiac G8 won't it?

        "I can tell you one thing, I would be the first in line to buy the proper engine (V8) and proper drive (RWD) Falcon if it were over here."

        GM tried that and nobody wanted it, it's called the G8. Now Pontiac is gone and GM is slipping into bankruptcy. Good call though because you know what consumers want.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Matt, go bag it. I've driven the regular 3.5 liter AWD version of the current Taurus, and it's seamless in it's transitions form front drive to all wheel drive. There's no "arms being ripped out of their sockets." Moreover, if the SHO's AWD is biased like the original 2005 Five Hundred/Montego Haldex all wheel drive system, it's going to send more than fifty percent of the torque to the rear wheels anyway, so the driver is never going to realize that they've got a front drive based car. This I know from personal experience, because in my 2005 Montego AWD, I can make the back end whip around in the snow like a rear drive car. First time I did it was funnier than hell, because I was expecting it to act like our AWD/4WD Escape.

        And yes, I will gladly be one of the first to buy the 2010 Taurus SHO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm quite pressed with this car so far, and proud it's coming from a domestic company. The styling is still a bit anonymous to me, but it's much more dynamic than the last gen Taurus/500. As long as banks start loosening up credit, I think Ford may have a winner on its hands.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I got up close to a parked and fully undisguised SHO and the closer you get the better it looks. It may look high in some of these shots, but standing next to it it looks low and mean. It has a VERY capable presence. Looks nothing like an Audi A8 but has the same sort of bull dog stance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe I read wrong, but this article was posted a month from now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new Taurus and LaCrosse show that Americans can make great full size sedans.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The author of the AOL article was evidently very enamored with Ms. Rodriguez. He very nearly forgot to mention the car.
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