By Kevin Miller
At the Chicago Auto Show today, Ford has released long-awaited details of the upcoming 2010 Taurus SHO. Hot on the heels of the introduction of the basic Taurus in Detroit last month, the next generation of the fabled sport sedan will be equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6, all-wheel drive, and a paddle-shifted six-speed automatic gearbox. Exterior features of the Taurus SHO include premium painted wheels, wrapped in standard low-profile 19-inch Goodyear Eagle or optional 20-inch Michelin high-performance tires, a decklid-mounted spoiler and twin chrome exhaust tips.
The heart of the new 2010 Taurus SHO is a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine, generating an estimated 365 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 350 ft.-lbs. of torque at 3,500 rpm. Claiming V8 power with V6 efficiency, this is Ford’s most powerful EcoBoost engine. A key feature of this EcoBoost engine is gasoline direct injection. This type of direct injection of fuel into the cylinder during the intake stroke produces a well-mixed air-fuel charge, improving volumetric efficiency and lowering the likelihood of knock. As noted above, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 uses twin turbochargers, as opposed to a single unit. Using two smaller turbochargers allows the engine to avoid the “turbo lag” often prevalent in earlier-generation turbocharged vehicles.
The new Taurus SHO driveline combines a six-speed SelectShift transmission with a sophisticated torque-sensing all-wheel drive system. These components work together to get the power to the pavement as effectively as possible. SelectShift provides conventional automatic operation or a manual shift mode that gives the driver complete control over gear selection. Paddle shifters facilitate rev-matched downshifts and will hold manually selected gears for precise control. In operation, a squeeze on either paddle will deliver an upshift under acceleration, while a gentle push forward brings a smooth, rev-matched downshift.
Optionally available is the SHO Performance Package, consisting of upgraded brake pads, electric power steering re-calibrated for better response, a “Sport Mode” setting for the standard AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control and a shorter final drive ratio for faster acceleration. Summer-compound 20-inch Goodyear Eagle F1 performance tires on premium painted wheels also are included.
The interior of the new Taurus SHO showcases leather-trimmed seats with Miko Suede inserts, which are made of recycled post-consumer yarns from plastic soft drink bottles. A perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum-trimmed brake and accelerator pedals, and ten-way power adjustable front seats created a sporting feel in the driver’s environment. The console, instrument and door panels, floor mats each feature SHO decals.
Standard equipment on the 2010 Taurus SHO includes Intelligent Access with Push Button Start, Ford’s MyKey (which allows enthusiasts to activate restricted performance modes), Easy Fuel Capless Fuel Filler System, and the Ford SYNC system. Among the available options are Adaptive Cruise Control, (comes with Collision Warning with Brake Support, which pre-charges but does not apply the brakes), Blind Spot Information System (BLIS™) with Cross Traffic Alert, Multi-Contour Seats with Active Motion™ (which can be specified in conjunction with heated and cooled first-row seats), Voice-Activated Navigation System with 10 GB music juke box hard drive, and an upgraded 390 W Sony audio with 12 speakers, a digital amplifier, and Dolby Pro Logic II surround technology.
The 2010 Taurus SHO will be built at Ford’s Chicago assembly plant and will be available in dealerships this summer, starting at a base price of $37,995, including destination. With its promise of power, traction, and (relative) efficiency at a shade under $38k, the upcoming SHO is full of potential. You can bet there will be a wrestling match over the keys of the Taurus SHO here at Autosavant if we’re lucky enough to get one to review later this year.
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