Fourth Generation (2010–present)
|Production||June 15, 2009–present|
|Body style||4-door sedan|
|Platform||Ford D3 platform|
|Engine||3.5 L Ecoboost V6|
|Wheelbase||112.9 in (2,868 mm)|
|Length||202.9 in (5,154 mm)|
|Width||76.9 in (1,953 mm)|
|Height||60.7 in (1,542 mm)|
|Curb weight||4,388 lb (1,990 kg)|
A month after the introduction of the sixth generation Taurus, Ford unveiled the much-awaited return of the SHO at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.
After skipping two Ford Taurus generations, the resurrected sport sedan has all-wheel drive and is largely derived from the Ford D3 platform. It features a 3.5 liter direct-injected Twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 producing 365 hp (272 kW) at 5500 rpm and 350 lb·ft (475 N·m) of torque at 1500-5250 rpm, mated to Ford's 6F55 six-speed SelectShift semi-automatic transmission with a paddle- or console-activated Manual mode.
The new SHO comes with Ford's new SR1 suspension setup with MacPherson front struts and a multi-link design in the rear. This includes SHO-specific shock absorbers, springs, stabilizer bars and strut mount bushings. An optional Performance Package offers better brake pads, recalibrated steering, a "Sport Mode" for the stability control and shorter 3.16 to 1 final drive ratio.
Visually, the differences from the regular Taurus are subtle. It is encompassed by a dark grey grille finish that matches the larger wheels, a decklid spoiler, dual chrome exhaust tips, new parking lamp bezels, an EcoBoost rear logo, and an SHO C-Pillar logo. A 2013 update to the Taurus line will bring a unique mesh grille for the SHO, a change to the paddle-shifting mechanism, a new performance package, and larger brakes.
The 2013 SHO was featured in the film Men in Black 3 as the MIB's official car.
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