• Aug 13, 2010
When we reported last month that Ford may push the Taurus SHO up to 400 horsepower, it caused quite a stir in the comments. Speaking at the annual SHO Convention held this year in Dearborn, Steve Ling, Ford's North American car marketing manager told us, "365 horsepower is good. 400 is better." Words are one thing, but new spy shots from ace photog Brenda Priddy and her gang confirm that Ford is definitely planning something for the 2012 Taurus SHO.
This Limited-badged Taurus caught hot weather testing in the South West is pretty easy to spot as a SHO. The SHO-specific wheels are the dead giveaway, but out back we also see the SHO's two large tailpipes poking out of a modified rear valence. What's particularly interesting is the car's front end, which is heavily wrapped, most likely to obscure design changes to the 2012 SHO's front end that will further separate its look from standard Taurus models.

While we there's no evidence in these spy shots confirming that Ford is pushing the car's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 up to 400 horsepower, the fact this car was caught hot weather testing could indicate that engineers are there to see how a more powerful version of this engine acts when the mercury skyrockets. That said, they could also just be testing how any changes to the front end design affect engine cooling for the current engine.

We're also hoping they're testing new brakes for the SHO, because the current car's stoppers have enough trouble hauling down this heavy sleeper sedan without another 35 hp making matters worse.

[Source: SEMA.org]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Just how much power can they put through (mostly) the front wheels? I remember one of Cadillac's dreadful late-70's barges had a big block V8 that put 375 hp through the front wheels but I don't think anyone buying one of those really cared about handling.

      As I remember the Ecobost engine in the Taurus application is limited by the transaxle. Ford claims the engine can reliably make 400 hp/tq in the F150 so it seems like it would just be a matter of redesigning the transmission and cooling if need be. I'd be more concerned about the car's ability to brake and turn than adding more speed to the equation.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if the 400 HP option will be limited to only the AWD version of the SHO, having this much power in an FWD car could cause torque steer and really hamper handling at high speed.

      But still 400 HP makes this this a solid sleeper, would be nice to see this engine in a Lincon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        even 2010's SHO's are ONLY AWD. Same with the EcoBoost Flex, and Lincoln's with EB. Something about even 365 and FWD only doesn't sound so useful to me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @DoctorWho

        "But still 400 HP makes this this a solid sleeper, would be nice to see this engine in a RWD Lincoln."

        Fixed it
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now that the Taurus is being taken care of, please do a Fusion GT with an EcoBoost V6.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My suggestions to Ford are...This large car should be RWD with IRS . Major brake update (think 4 piston Brembos). An SHO should be V-8 powered ( maybe the new 6.2?), and give it a deep throaty exhaust note, it sounds wimpy and tinny now. Junk the short body creases on the rear quarter panels and lower the trunk height which will increase the size of the rear window and improve rear visibility. With the end of the Crown Vic and Town Car on the horizon, Ford NEEDS at least one large personal luxury RWD performance car. There are plenty of us car enthusiasts out there who prefer RWD. I'll never own a FWD, and will continue to drive a truck until the manufacturers get off their FWD mindset and offer us more RWD choices.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The SHO is a great car I am glad to see they are continuing to advance it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is not V8 engine :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I'll be getting a bull sometime in the future. Damn it ford, let me leave the family! (first, a Ford Taurus, then a Mazda 3)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm going to say it.
      FMC is on fire. Period. FIRE.

      I'm not a Ford guy (Drive an Audi), but if any firm is taking into consideration that winning the hearts and minds of the enthusiasts (real car enthusiasts, not posers) is important, it's Ford.

      Just saw the launch for 302, Jamaal over in SVT it's churning out one hit after the other (2011 GT500, 6.2L Raptor) and now this.

      The best part of it is their 'bread and butter' offerings are also well built and favourably reviewed (like the Focus, Fusion etc), allowing them to orofitably make cars that stir up the soul.


      Mullali, well done.

      GM, please update the Vette's. You guys are also on a super start with the new gen CTS, keep the momentum.

      Honda, you guys had the edge back in the 90's (s2000, NSX, Integra, Prelude). The CRZ sucks, get back in the game.

      Toyota, well, I've got some hope now that Akido is running the ship.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the new Taurus ok, but there are three things I don't. The interior room went from spacious in the last model to pretty cramped in the new one, the doors do not sound solid when you close them, and just like with the Mustang, the cheap-o plastic at the bottom will be a nightmare in 5 years time and looks cheap. 400 HP will be nice though! Oh one more thing. Ford, quit being cheap and add led tail lights to the Taurus. If a Camry can have them, and a Milan can, why can't a 45k dollar Taurus? It's the little things.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's a styling thing. I, personally, am not a huge fan of LED tail lights - they look too ricey/asian styling derived to me. If I wanted LED tail lights, I'd buy an Accord. =)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Since when were LEDs rice? They're found on the nicest luxury cars in the world!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Not THAT Matt 3:40PM (8/13/2010)

        It's a styling thing. I, personally, am not a huge fan of LED tail lights - they look too ricey/asian styling derived to me. If I wanted LED tail lights, I'd buy an Accord. =)

        Actually no... you wouldn't. They don't have them either. Its funny that you say that about LED tails as well, since they are practically standard across all European AND "Asian" OEM luxury marques. LED's are brighter, light quicker and are overall safer. From a Performance standpoint they are superior to Halogen lights.

        "rice"? I beg to differ. American OEM's are lagging behind in this department. It is indeed the little things...
      JOHNNY VERO
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll still take my 06 Corvette, now that's a muscle car. Sure the SHO has duel exsausts
      but a real muscle car has that V8 engine sound like no other. I'm not knocking the SHO, its a great car, but it doesn't compare with the V8 Corvette, Mustang, Camaro, GTO. Listen to the sound of the duel's with a V8, ahhhhh, thats's muscle,there's nothing like it.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd be much happier with the look of the Taurus (or most Fords) if they toned down the chrome-lining around the lights, and the chrome-heavy grilles. Just not a fan of that whole chrome look in general...they tend to add unnecessary fuss to pretty solid designs.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I am with Bryan....

        If there is only accents then it looks good... over the top chrome like on an Escalade looks silly
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chrome can be done tastefully, I agree. But I think Ford tends to go overboard....look at the new Taurus. Chrome around the lights, chrome around windows, chrome around the vents, and chrome on the grill.

        Too much effin chrome...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey now. Chrome is classy in my opinion when done right. I could do without all the plastic, especially the unpainted kind. But a solid monochromatic car just does not look as classy as a vehicle with chrome, again, when done correctly!
      • 4 Years Ago
      And laser loves Kool-Aid
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