2010 Ford Taurus SHO

Ford unveiled the 2010 Taurus SHO at the Chicago Auto Show yesterday.

Here’s the gist of what you want to know:

3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine
365 horsepower at 5,500 rpm
350 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm
Six-speed 6F55 SelectShift automatic transmission
Torque-sensing all-wheel-drive
2.77 to 1 final drive ratio (3.16 to 1 optional)
$37,995

Standard features: push-button start, the Easy Fuel capless fuel filler, Ford SYNC with voice activation, and ambient lighting. Also standard is MyKey, which enables the owner to set specific limits for certain operators, such as new drivers. These ‘parental controls’ include the ability to set an 80 mph speed limiter, stereo volume limiter, consistently-engaged stability control, speed chimes, a persistent safety belt reminder, and earlier low-fuel warning.

Options: a reverse camera, radar-based adaptive cruise control, blind spot alert, Cross Traffic Alert (for reversing into traffic), massaging seats, voice-activated navigation, and a 12 speaker 390-watt Sony sound system.

Available SHO Performance Package consisting of upgraded brake pads, recalibrated power-assisted steering for even more responsiveness, a “Sport Mode” setting for the standard AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control and a shorter 3.16 to 1 final drive ratio for faster acceleration. Summer-compound 20-inch Goodyear Eagle F1 performance tires on premium painted wheels also are included.

The car looks pretty good, and those performance numbers are pretty impressive. However, there are a few valid concerns about this car. For one, how much will it weigh? For reference the 2008 (same platform) model was 3,930lbs, ouch.

There is also the concern that the car is too damn expensive. $38,000 for the base? Ouch again. Granted, it’s list of standard features is pretty impressive, but still. Start adding options, or the compulsory “Performance Package” and you’re going to be looking at upwards of $45k.

Lastly, I’m sure the SHO purists out there will cry foul about the lack of a manual gearbox. Not that it really matters in reality, but at the least it would help the beast shed a little weight and make the car more fun.

Overall, I like the car and would go as far as to call it “bold”. Remember, this is a Ford performance car that’s not the mustang we’re talking about here. That in and of itself is impressive.

-Dave out

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