Does Ford Need a More Powerful Four-Door Hot Rod?

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2015 Ford Taurus SHO

2015 Ford Taurus SHO

“The Ford Taurus is a Hot Rod!” I hear you shout. But in the grand scheme of horsepower, the 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque isn’t that much compared to the competition from both Chevrolet and Dodge.

So I ask you, fine readers, does Ford need a hotter four-door hot rod?

Dodge Charger Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat (Photo: Major League Photography)

Last year, the folks at Dodge made many of the hot rod news stories by introducing both a Challenger and a Charger that had 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.

But what’s more impressive, after having the opportunity to drive them recently, is how civilized they are on the street. They are completely drivable everyday.

Dodge Charger Scat Pack

2015 Dodge Charger Scat Pack (Photo: Major League Photography)

But if you drop the power down, you can still get 485 hp in the Charger Scat Pack that starts at just under $40,000. Currently, the Taurus SHO starts at $40,220.

Yes, the SHO has all wheel drive but there’s over a 100 horsepower difference for roughly the same price.

2015 Chevrolet SS

2015 Chevrolet SS

Chevrolet has the SS as their big sedan, big power offering. For 2015, the SS is available with a 6-speed manual transmission (not available on the Charger or SHO), and GM’s amazing┬áMagneRide magnetorheological ride control dampers.

At 415 horsepower, it’s underpowered compared to the Scat Pack, but still more powerful than the SHO. Also, being of Australian design and engineering, the SS is capable of cornering pretty well, especially with the new dampers.

I’d imagine a new Taurus will debut at some point, and it’ll probably still have a 3.5L EcoBoost as the primary method of propulsion.

But with the new Ford Raptor, also with a 3.5L EcoBoost, expected to make 450 horsepower, it might be time for the Taurus to see a significant bump in power.

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What do you think? Does Ford need a more powerful, four-door sedan, or are the horsepower wars silly and the current SHO is plenty? Let us know in the forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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