Ford has made a Performance Package available for the the 2013 Taurus SHO, promising "uncompromised response, road-holding and durability." There's no extra horsepower added to proceedings, but parts like the firmer suspension springs and dampers, upgraded cooling system, high-performance brake pads and stability control that can be turned completely off are meant to help you make the most of its 365 horses.

Have a look at the diagram in the gallery above for the details, and check out the video by scrolling below to watch the SHO doing laps and hear its story.



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      Diz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Ford - Put an SHO - High Perf package in an AWD Fusion. Now That would be something.
      photofill
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would love one of these, but the interior space is so small for a full size car, my legs wont fit. This car is so huge in person, with whats gotta be the smallest interior space. The dash is huge and very intruding on my knees!
      RWD
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like it turns in quite well for it's massive size, but still doesn't look at home on the track. Huge family hauler with a track pack... hmmm. I think that owner might be missing the point of a track day. Buy a regular Taurus, then spend the difference on a cheap, stripped out autocross-type car and beat the hell out of it! You won't even have to worry about damaging your Saturday night cruiser at the track. That is, if you really want to visit the track regularly. If you just, might go to a track... once... and not race, just lap, I see how this would be a great all-rounder. But they're pitching us a track car here, I'm just trying to follow the logic.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really like the SHO. I liked the original. The second and hideous third gens were lousy. I DO think this is a cool car, but the word TRACK? Maybe once to make your wife scream, but I have a hard time believing heavy duty brake pads are going to help much on the third time around. 4300 pounds? Is that right?
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a wolf in Pig's clothing. Weighs almost 200lbs more than a new Jeep Grand Cherokee. Looks like Gov. Chris Christie riding a Luge sled around the track. Talk about body roll. "Track capable" my arse.
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I don't know where you got your false info, but the base GC weighs around 100 pounds more than a Taurus. Which is to say that it's still very heavy, but not as heavy as a base GC.
        Fatima
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        http://mhedish.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/pig-lipstick.jpg
      BryanGx
      • 2 Years Ago
      Look at that body roll as it struggles to turn the corners. It's like watching a big whale!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BryanGx
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      9ktrackdad
      • 2 Years Ago
      Always liked SHO's but lose the auto/slushbox and make it real again. No manual = No way.
        DC Mike
        • 2 Years Ago
        @9ktrackdad
        Go to your local weekend bracket racing event and tell the top finishers that their "slushbox" automatics suck. Manuals are no where near as "superior" as they once were.
          9ktrackdad
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DC Mike
          Funny, I don't recall seeing slushboxes in the majority of auto racing, go tell them to use a slushbox and see what they say. The focus of the above is "track day," not drag strip. BTW, there is no such thing as more or less superior. Something is either superior or it's not.
          9ktrackdad
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DC Mike
          Not that I'm aware of, the majority of track cars are manual gearbox....for a reason.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      David Donovan
      • 2 Years Ago
      God I so want an SHO! I miss my 1991 SHO+
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David Donovan
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          EXP Jawa
          • 2 Years Ago
          OK, but what does a Caterham Seven weigh these days? 1200 pounds or so? I've got a friend with a 1961 Lotus Seven Series 2, which weighs about 780 pounds. That's over a 50% increase over the earlier version. Would Colin approve?
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          Can SVX and AcidTonic please end themselves. You two are the biggest morons on here by a long shot.
          jtav2002
          • 2 Years Ago
          What car hasn't gotten bigger in the last 21 years?
      Dantzig
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where's the package to add lightness?
        SpikedLemon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dantzig
        It's called the Fusion package. :)
          RudyH
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SpikedLemon
          I'm praying you are right. I already have my eye on one, and I vowed never to own another domestic. Ecoboosted /w AWD and some kind of performance package will have me driving a Fusion.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SpikedLemon
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          photofill
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SpikedLemon
          agreed, put that engine with AWD in a fusion and I'd get one! even tho my knees dont really fit in the fusion either, i think the fusion does have more knee room than the taurus though...
      Design1stCode2nd
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now up the boost so you have 425hp in the new Fusion for a Fusion SHO AWD and you’ll have something. Average sedans now have 300-350hp, you can probably get a Camry or Accord with 300hp now.
        MattMan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Design1stCode2nd
        Not yet... I really hope the whole lighter weight, less power, higher mpg thing catches on. No one needs a 250+hp midsizer for commuting purposes. Woah, I must be getting old!
          Zeal of Sparta
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MattMan
          I used have to get around in a 155hp midsizer and it served it purpose well enough for commuting, hauling, etc. Now I have a 302hp SUV and I rarely have to tap the majority that power and I am 22 with an occasional lead foot.
        Dvanos
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Design1stCode2nd
        Please a 300hp fwd sedan is a recipe for some serious torque steer. At least this Taurus has AWD.
          photofill
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dvanos
          i call the traction control in 250+ hp FWD cars really just 'anti burn up the tires control'. is not like it drys the pavement or another way to increase friction between the tire and road.
          photofill
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dvanos
          torque steer and no traction. My G6 GXP has the traction problem. To me anything over 250hp in FWD is a waste, cant use the power anyway, just spins the tires... traction control is a joke, just limits power.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      Huge Ford fan (own a 2012 Mustang GT), but I think my money would go to the 300M SRT over this, even though its a fairly cool car.
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        You mean the 300C. But they're two totally different cars. If it's all about performance then I'd go with the SRT, but for everyday use the SHO would be better
        Ammo_1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Sure, but the SRT is 9 - 10k more similarly equipped!
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        I like both cars. But in the end, if you really want a track car neither of those 4000+lb cars should be on your list.
        illegalmachine2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        300C SRT-8. The "M" has been gone since '04(?). And, yes, I'd take an SRT over this ecoboost garbage any day of the week. I've been SOOO let down by the SHO. Really expected to see more from an AWD TTV6.
          juggernaught4136
          • 2 Years Ago
          @illegalmachine2
          AcidTonic You can hold redline all day long in manual mode. You would know that if you actually drove a SHO or equivalent FORD/LINCOLN 3.5L ecoboost vehicle. Don't clam to have driven one or spew your drivel if you never have troll.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @illegalmachine2
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          AcidTonic
          • 2 Years Ago
          @illegalmachine2
          That's the difference between real AWD and FWD-until slip AWD. Most of these systems are just FWD with traction assist. They have open differentials using brakes to bias torque. It lacks a transmission that allows clutch dumping so no way to launch it. The paddle shifters still shift around on their own if you hit redline and such. Again, we all wanted an American Evo/STI competitor. This car is not it. How is this relevant anyways when all I hear is "niche product" when asking for an AWD Focus/Fiesta but a 660hp GT500 is not niche. Nor does this 17mpg rating represent the word "eco" at all...... Ford's only chance for my money is to build a Focus RS with AWD. Otherwise I'm eyeballing another Evo IX for my dedicated track car. You can find built cars with 600hp and AWD under 3000lbs with a 5 speed manual for under $30,000. (don't tell me it's not relevant, this is Fords only competitor to the AWD scene and it IS shopped by the same owners)
        protovici
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        300M old habit! I think their more of the same, just the power plants go in a different direction.
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @protovici
          And had only a 6 cylinder. But close enough lol
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @protovici
          Wasnt the 300M FWD?
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