It’s been 10 years since the Ford Taurus SHO has been in showrooms, and it’s time for a comeback. The new EcoBoost engine-powered SHO is arguably the best ever. Why, do you ask? First of all, it has better acceleration numbers than a BMW 550i, yet it gets better gas mileage. Also, despite this massive jump in power, the SHO hasn’t gotten a higher price tag, as the new model sells for just a couple hundred dollars more than the 1999 model (with the price adjusted for inflation). More power, same price, and, oh yeah, better fuel economy. The 2010 Ford Taurus SHO is set to make a big splash.
The big secret to the new SHO is the EcoBoost V6 engine it is packing under the hood. This turbocharged workhorse is able to output 350 lb-ft of torque steadily across a torque band of 1,500-5,000 RPM. Whether you’re starting from a dead stop, or you’re cruising at highway speeds, there is always plenty of get-up-and-go from the SHO. That impressive torque also helps the SHO get from 0-to-60 in 4.8 seconds. Yes, a Taurus that hits 60 mph in under 5 seconds. This is a huge improvement over the, comparably sluggish, 7.5 seconds it took the last SHO to hit that speed. Total horsepower is rated at 365, and yet the 2010 Taurus SHO gets a 25 mph highway rating, virtually unheard of in a turbocharged V6, let alone in a performance sedan.
The starting price of the 2010 SHO is a few dollars shy of $38,000. This seems a bit exorbitant for a Taurus, as the base models sit in the mid-$20k region, but that price is not too much when compared to the other performance sedans it is going up against. For example, the aforementioned BMW 550i has a starting price of $60,400. The SHO doesn’t seem all that expensive now, does it?
As far as styling goes, the SHO doesn’t depart too much from the regular Taurus. There is a spoiler added to the trunk, the grille has been reworked, and the tires are wrapped around either 19 or 20 inch wheels. Otherwise, it looks about the same. This styling choice is a throwback to the original SHO models which also featured minimal exterior differences from the base Taurus. This has given the SHO a reputation as a “Sleeper.” Essentially, to look at it you assume that car is just a basic sedan, but if you try to outrun it at a stop light, you will soon be put in your place.
The SHO has had a tough career. The original SHO, which premiered in 1989, experienced impressive sales and earned quite the reputation. The 1999 SHO, the last before this new 2010 model, had only about 3,000 sales. So, will the new SHO regain the magic of the original? It looks likely. With the economy struggling, people who would normally buy an imported luxury sedan, like the BMW 550i, may opt for similar power in the cheaper package of the SHO. Also, with the addition of the EcoBoost engine system, this new SHO gets better gas mileage than a lot of its competitors. This may be the perfect combination of factors that will bring the SHO back to the center of the “Sleeper” stage.