New Ford Taurus SHO sedan has improved driving dynamics, larger brakes, torque vectoring control and specially calibrated electric power-assisted steering (EPAS).
The SHO Performance Package adds new brakes, 20-inch wheels with summer performance tires and an enhanced heavy-duty cooling system for more serious driving
Inspired by SHO buyers and club enthusiasts, the design team knew just what to do. “Listening to SHO buyers and enthusiasts encouraged us to strengthen the design and the driving quality for the new 2013 model,” said a Ford representative. “For us, this was a clear indication that SHO customers were passionate about aesthetics and design as well as performance.”
For the new SHO, subtle differentiation from the other members of the Taurus family starts with a black mesh grille flanked by HID headlamps. Behind the front wheel openings, a fender-mounted scallop contains a subtle SHO badge. Unique 19-inch painted wheels wearing 255/45 VR19 all-season tires fill out the openings, giving SHO a muscular, athletic look. Buyers can choose 20-inch machined and painted wheels as an option.
SHO-specific sideview mirrors – also in contrasting black – are heated, have memory function and contain downward-facing puddle lamps; the driver’s side features auto-dimming. In the rear, Taurus SHO features a unique trunk spoiler. Inside, the new Taurus SHO communicates its sporty characteristics with a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-trimmed sport seats with embroidered SHO graphics, unique woven aluminum trim and adjustable aluminum pedals with memory.
Signature Ford technology is also a key attribute of the new Taurus SHO, with the addition of standard MyFord Touch powered by SYNC driver connect technology and the replacement of several traditional knobs and controls with clear, colorful LCD screens and five-way buttons. These screens can be personalized to display information relevant to each individual driver using voice command, a simple button click or touch-screen tap.
The new Taurus SHO drivetrain continues to use the award-winning and fuel-efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, delivering 365hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed high-capacity 6F55 SelectShift Automatic transmission.
Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters enable the Taurus SHO to match revs for smooth, quick, manually selected downshifts. For the new model, these have been reconfigured for more intuitive operation, with one paddle for upshifts and the other for making smooth, matched-rev downshifts.
Specially calibrated electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) has been further optimized for enthusiast-pleasing road feel and direct, communicative response. In addition to helping Taurus SHO deliver up to 25mpg highway, EPAS enables the car to park itself with active park assist.
Taurus SHO brake system upgrades include a larger master cylinder, revised booster tuning for improved pedal feel, larger front rotors with 19 percent more thermal mass and 67 percent more swept area to help brakes run cooler. Now vented, the rear disc brakes offer 53 percent more thermal mass.
As with the previous edition, all Taurus SHO models come standard with an advanced torque-sensing all-wheel-drive system to help deliver optimum traction in all weather conditions and to enable the vehicle to efficiently deliver ample torque through all four driven wheels when driving in a sporty, enthusiastic manner.
The SHO Performance Package is engineered to deliver greater handling responsiveness, power and durability under more sporting driving conditions. It includes sport-tuned suspension with unique dampers and springs, performance brake pads and track-tuned calipers, recalibrated EPAS, Electronic Stability Control track mode with true “off”, 3.16:1 final drive ratio for enhanced off-the-line acceleration, extreme-duty cooling system, 20-inch machined and painted wheels plus 245/40 R20 summer-compound tires.
The new Taurus SHO will be produced at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant.