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2012 Ford Taurus SHO

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On: Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 9:05AM | By: Peter C Sessler

2012 Ford Taurus SHO

The Ford Taurus was originally released back in the 1990s, and during its production run, it gained quite a following—I remember there were SHO car clubs, which probably still exist. The Taurus was briefly dropped, and returned as the Ford Five Hundred, and then the Taurus brand was reintroduced once again—a much better car than the original Taurus, too.

The 2012 Taurus SHO is the top of the line version that is substantially different from the rest of the lineup. The engine is a 3.5L twin turbo EcoBoost V-6 making 365hp and 350 ft.-lb. of torque, and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The “Eco” part of the name is supposed to bring forth images of fuel economy, but that is not the case for the direct-injected V-6. The engine is rated at 17/25 mpg, but the reality of getting less than 17 mpg in city driving is probably likely.

The Taurus SHO has a lot of weight to carry around, yet it will hit 0-60 in under 5.5 seconds—pretty good for a car weighing 4,346 lbs. The standard AWD does allow for rapid launches. The SHO’s weight does make for less than exciting handling, however. The SHO doesn’t feel happy being pushed around and lateral transitions are clumsy. It’s not an Americanized Audi, and all that weight in the front limits adhesion, even with the 20-inch wheels and sticky Goodyear Supercar tires.

On the other hand, the SHO is a compromise between ride and handling with the chassis soaking up the bumps reasonably well—at least Ford does know who their market is—and it’s not the hardcore set, but more of the sport sedan set.

The interior is reasonably attractive—as the dials and knobs and so forth are well situated. The materials are fine, except for the faux-carbon fiber on the dash and the SYNC system is still difficult to use. On the other hand, the Sony stereo was exemplary.

One problem with the seating position of the driver: the intrusive transmission tunnel cuts into the driver’s knee area. On the other hand, the rear seat is decent and the trunk is large as well, but you rarely steer from those areas.

Ford will be offering the Taurus SHO to police departments to replace the popular Crown Victoria with an all-wheel drive EcoBoost edition offered as the top-of-the-line vehicle. FWD is a pet peeve for police departments, but the AWD and the powerful engine are sure to make the SHO a hit with the police in terms of traction and acceleration.

Taurus models start at $25,555 with the SHO priced from $38,155.

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Stephy21 | 10:36AM (Tue, Nov 15, 2011)

Wow this Taurus really got an up grade i remember the 1990 models and they look a little rough.

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