What the Next Ford Taurus SHO Should Be

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Now that we know a new Ford Taurus is coming, it’s time to start speculating what the high-performance, SHO version of the Taurus will be like.

In order to stay competitive against the likes of the Chevrolet SS and the Dodge Charger SRT and Scat Pack, Ford needs to up their game. Here’s what we’d like to see in the new version of the Ford Taurus SHO.

SHO Power


The 3.5L EcoBoost should remain the powerplant of choice in the new SHO, but it needs to be given a power upgrade. The new Raptor, running a version of the same engine is said to make power in the 450 hp range.

Another variation of that same engine is powering the Ford GT, making over 600 horsepower. This means that the power is there, Ford just needs to make it.

The Scat Pack Charger makes 485 horsepower from it’s 6.4L HEMI V8. The Taurus wouldn’t need to make that much, but it should be in the 450 horsepower range. There’s no reason why it couldn’t be.

SHO Drivetrain

2016 Ford Focus RS

The modern SHO is paired to an all-wheel drive system. Ford has already hinted that the performance all-wheel drive system featured in the Focus RS is destined to be used in other vehicles. The Taurus SHO seems like a good place for it. Imagine, a Taurus with a “Drift Mode” button!

To help with fuel economy, we’d like to see a transmission with a few more cogs. Ford has a 10-speed in the works for the Raptor and regular F-150, but we’d imagine that it would be difficult to integrate that in the SHO’s setup. Six is fine, but a few more ratios wouldn’t hurt.

SHO Suspension, Brakes, and Tires

2015 Mustang GT350

MagneRide. Just do it. Now that it’s known that it’ll be on the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R, bring the┬áMagneRide magnetorheological ride control dampers to more vehicles. It would improve the everyday driving characteristics of the car, as well as perform better on the racetrack.

Speaking of the GT350, bring over it’s 6-piston Brembo brakes. No need for carbon ceramic stoppers, but some nice, big, meaty stoppers will be needed to bring such a heavy sedan back to a halt.

Also, don’t skimp on the tires. Ford is using Michelin Pilot Super Sports on both the Mustang and the Focus RS, with an optional upgrade to Sport Cup 2 tires. Make that same thing happen on the Taurus SHO.

SHO Name

2015 Ford Taurus SHO

There has been some talk of the next high-performance Ford Taurus being called the Taurus RS. While there’s nothing particularly wrong with that name, it should remain SHO.

RS reminds me of hot hatches, where the nameplate has been used for awhile. They all fall under the Ford Performance brand, but they don’t all need to have the same designation.

Basically, we want the engineers who worked on the GT350 and GT350R to work similar magic on the Ford Taurus for the next generation SHO.

What do you think? How would you want the next Taurus SHO configured? 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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