Ford is reviving the Taurus SHO as the sporty version of its new flagship, and equipping it with a 365 hp (272 kW) variant of the 3.5L EcoBoost V-6—Ford’s most powerful EcoBoost engine so far. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine making its debut in the 2010 Lincoln MKS is rated at 355 hp. (Earlier post.)
The direct injection twin-turbo EcoBoost develops an estimated 365 hp at 5,500 rpm and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) of torque at 3,500 rpm, resulting in significantly improved power, torque and fuel economy compared with larger, normally aspirated engines.
The new Taurus SHO driveline combines a high-capacity six-speed 6F55 SelectShift transmission with a torque-sensing All-Wheel Drive System. The six-speed transmission offers a wide array of gears to enable spirited acceleration, yet comfortable high-speed cruising, through a 2.77 to 1 final drive ratio. The All-Wheel Drive System contains an array of internal electromechanical clutches to efficiently distribute torque to the wheels with optimum traction.
Taurus SHO features an advanced electronic power-assisted steering (EPAS) system, providing responsive road feel and enhanced on-center balance while offering the additional benefit of increased fuel economy.
Introduced in 1989, the original Taurus SHO was conceived as a discreet performance-oriented sports sedan, ideally suited to the automotive enthusiast needing the room and capability of a four-door full-size car. Produced through 1999, more than 100,000 were sold.
The MY 1999 Taurus SHO featured a Yamaha-developed 3.4-liter V-8 engine that delivered 235 hp and 230 lb-ft of torque. The EPA fuel economy rating (using the now-outdated methodology of the time) was 17/25 mpg US city/highway. Under the current methodology, that would be equivalent to 15/23 mpg US city/highway.
Ford says that it expects its new 2010 Taurus SHO to deliver 25 mpg US highway, along with the 55% increase in power and 52% increase in torque compared to the 1999 model.