This is a Taurus?!
Stand next to the impressively cut 2010 Taurus SHO and you’re sure to wonder whether insole lifts would be a good idea. This vehicle is tall yet remarkably sleek, not to mention blisteringly fast for something wearing a Taurus moniker.
SHO is back baby, and it’s beautiful
Yes, the Taurus is back but this time with far more horsepower, all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction and a stunning body and cabin design.
The Yamaha-sourced engines of past have been replaced by Ford’s latest technological breakthrough in pony power- the 365 horsepower EcoBoost 3.5-litre V6.
The new powerplant utilizes twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection to generate 350 pound-feet of arresting torque across a broad, linear band that stretches uninterrupted from 1,500 to 5,000 rpm.
The EcoBoost brawn is managed by a 6-speed automatic transmission featuring SelectShift paddle activation prior to its dispersal to four 20-inch 5-spoke wheels shod in P245/45R20 V-rated performance rubber.
Ford’s byline for the EcoBoost brute makes claim that it supplies the performance of a V8 engine while returning the economy of a V6 engine.
I can certainly attest to the V8-like potency of this hearty mill, and I’m satisfied that it’s rate of fuel-burn is less than that of a typical V8 with equivalent output numbers.
Is the claim of V6 economy well founded? That’s a debate best saved for a rainy day; today is all about driving Ford’s ‘big boy’ sport sedan.
Behind the wheel
Having once owned a Taurus wagon, I have had plenty of experience with Ford’s former best selling milquetoast sedan but I’ve never experienced a Taurus like the red missile that sits out front today.
The driving experience begins as one approaches the new Taurus; it’s unusually high waisted, which becomes evident when it’s parked amidst sedans of more typical proportion, or when you stand next to it questioning your vertical reach.
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