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Old 02-25-2009, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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I cant believe I called this one a few months ago. I had a discussion with other members of this site about my wishes to bring back the Taurus SHO. Well, just got my new issue of Car & Driver and guess what graces the cover? Well, just a smidgeon of the cover acutally.... Come June the Taurus SHO is back! And to make it even cooler, Ford chose the engine I hoped they would have used, the EcoBoost twin turbo V6 pumping out 365hp and 350 lb/ft torque.

Pinch me. Im dreaming.

Now the SHO can erase its name off the tombstones and tear it up again. Cant wait to see the road test results.
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Stick, or slushbox?

I completely lost interest in the last iteration, available only with an auto. Must have hired some "engineering talent" from GM across the street...
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Yeah, the last V8 SHO was lame (and ugly). BIG TIME disappointment compared to the 1st gen SHO.

And no, no manual available immediately. Comes with the 6 speed auto and paddles. ICK.
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Well. That sux.

But, you know me, there is no way I would buy it for even 75% of what it costs them to build it - for a utility car, I typically buy an old cheap but basically sound car like the 'roc, and tune the bugs out of it.

For a "pride of ownership" car, I want something where the value is going *UP*, or at the very least not dropping like an anvil on the Road Runner Show.
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Fly-over country.
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I wish them well.

40K out the door with 12S option (to make it legit) and TTL

you get a front drive family car that's converted to AWD and boosted

just one question, why the HP numbers up front but ford won't tell us the weight?
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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This information has been public since at least the media preview of the Chicago Auto Show.
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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I wish them well.

40K out the door with 12S option (to make it legit) and TTL

you get a front drive family car that's converted to AWD and boosted

just one question, why the HP numbers up front but ford won't tell us the weight?
Dont forget to add to the base Taurus:

-AWD
-100+ hp over base
-paddle shifted tranny
-20" wheels
-spoiler and SHO-unique body pieces
-standard premium audio and SYNC
-larger front and rear roll bars
-different spring rates
-shorter final drive (track models)
-recalibrated steering
-"track mode" option on the stability control system
-SHO-specific interior pieces (including leather and suede seats, aluminum dash pieces, etc)
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:26 PM
 
Location: WA
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We had the original '89 SHO and my wife loved it. I was never that big a fan (clunky gearbox and too much power for FWD) but she was sorry to see it go... it still ran great with over 110K miles on it when we sold it. The new one looks like a decent value with AWD and full equipment for less than the competition, but until you get some time in on you can't really tell.
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I have an '89. I don't think 220HP in a 3000lb FWD car is too much. In fact mine is tuned to, I'd guess, about 250HP at the flywheel. It never really has a problem putting the power down, at least in a straight line. Come to think of it, I don't know that I get any inside-wheel spin when hustling through the corners either. The problem is that it's just too much engine for the platform. They did all the suspension tuning and tweaks that they could, but in the end it's still a mid-80s Taurus chassis and you could only tune it so much. That chassis is just way overmatched by the engine. I had it up to about 135MPH once and it still had plenty left, but I thought I was going to die so I dialed it back -- and I've never had it near 100MPH again. The engine can handle 100MPH+ speeds easily but the rest of the car can't. IMO that engine would have been better off in the Mustang as a 2nd-generation SVO.
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Fly-over country.
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Anyone want to start a pool the weight of this car?

I'm going to pick 4200 pounds! Yup! That's why they need 365 HP at the crank!
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