Once upon a time, the Ford Taurus was one of the Blue Oval’s most popular models. But over the years, the line has been trumped by a lot of other makes, both from Ford and from competitors that have unfairly relegated the Taurus in the shadows.

Ford, of course, is looking to change that. In bringing back some luster to the name, the American automaker is getting ready to introduce the newest version of the Taurus SHO at the New York Auto Show. Coming with a refreshed facelift that speaks well of the car’s new looks, the 2013 Taurus SHO is primed to get back into the meat of the competition and return to its old prominence.

While it would’ve been better if the car actually had an engine upgrade - the engine remains the same, much to our dismay - we’re certainly not complaining about the facelift done. It looks a lot more up-to-the-times with the sporty and aggressive look, which for a mid-size sedan is a very important element. And even if the engine remains the same, it’s still powerful enough to deliver well over 300 horsepower.

UPDATE 05/15/12: Ford has released a new driving video of the all-new Taurus SHO. The video is narrated by Ford Vehicle Integration Engineer, Robert Kay. It’s as good a watch as you’ll have to get you up-to-speed on the Taurus SHO.

Details on the Ford Taurus SHO after the jump.

  • 2013 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    365 horsepower
  • Torque @ RPM:
    350 lb/ft of torque
  • body style:

Exterior and Interior

2013 Ford Taurus SHO High Resolution Interior
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The new Ford Taurus SHO offers plenty of styling modifications to make up for the retained engine. For starters, the new Taurus SHO comes with a unique mesh grille in the front to go along with a rear spoiler in the back. Additionally, the exhaust pipes have been tipped in chrome, giving it a more polished finish compared to the standard model. Then there’s the ubiquitous set of 19” dark flower-looking alloy wheels wrapped in 255/45 ZR19 tires. The wheels actually serve as a great complement to the black finish used on both the mirrors and the body trim. Inside the car, there’s a redesigned dashboard with a new instrument panel. Together with an equally new steering wheel and center console, the materials used for these parts are of higher quality compared to previous models. At least that’s what Ford is saying.


2013 Ford Taurus SHO High Resolution Exterior
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The only bummer quality about the new Ford Taurus SHO is that despite all the styling tweaks done on it, the car’s engine remains the same, meaning we still get the same 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that produces 365 horsepower and 350 lb/ft of torque. It’s still got power to pack a punch, but we expected a little more. The good news is that the Taurus SHO still has a new performance package that includes a revised suspension tuning that features new dampers and springs, a tuned-up electronic steering system, the addition of performance brake pads with “track-tuned” calipers, and a 3.16:1 final drive ratio that further enhances the car’s acceleration capabilities.


2013 Ford Taurus SHO High Resolution Exterior
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No word yet on the pricing, but we expect Ford to come out with the figures real soon. Expect it to hit the same range as the 2010 model, which is selling for a base price of $37,995.


2013 Ford Taurus SHO High Resolution Exterior
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A competitor that has the same engine as the Ford Taurus SHO is the Lincoln MKS. While it is technically classified as a luxury sedan, the MKS actually has a lot in common with the Taurus SHO, especially the same 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that powers both cars.

As a lighter car relative to the MKS, the Taurus SHO is a little faster than the Lincoln, but where it lacks in oomph, it makes up for in luxury amenities, which it has a big leg up on the new high-powered Ford sedan.

When the new Taurus SHO is released - it’s a matter of ’when’, not ’if - expect the two cars to compete for consumers’ hearts. Both have great appeal, most definitely. It’s just a matter of what you prefer out of your car: the sporty and powerful Taurus SHO or the luxurious and equally powerful MKS.

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  (531) posted on 01.25.2012

The exterior detailing looks spectacular and stunning. The tires, interior, the color are all fabulous and luxurious. I think it will give a superb performance to the owner of this Ford Taurus SHO.

  (397) posted on 01.2.2012

The color and wheels are really impressive but the platform design is not all. Looks so simple for me but it sounds so great to know that it would be in an affordable option.

  (409) posted on 12.9.2011

This vehicle is already looks great on its body paint and even its wheel is looks very cool either. Well, it looks so simple for me, but it sounds so great to know that it would be in an affordable option.

  (410) posted on 05.4.2011

I like how it looks from the front its so sporty. But I’m afraid that this car is just another model that has its facelift and then called a “new version”. I was disappointed that they haven’t made any upgrade on the engine performance.

  (701) posted on 05.4.2011

It is a very convincing performance with a 300 horsepower speed up.
That was produces with the whole package. Lets make your own way that will make you feel comfortable and worth it enough for your driving experience.

  (444) posted on 05.4.2011

Yeah, I have to admit that this car has an amazing look both interior and exterior but the performance is kind of disappointing and heck it comes in a high price tag!

  (412) posted on 04.27.2011

OK, one thing that io am sure of is that the Taurus will still have a lot of catching up to get a fair share of the market. And the lack of engine options would probably not do it good on this one.

  (683) posted on 04.26.2011

I thing they still need to put in a bit more work on this one. Though I must say that, for a start, the set of upgrades that they have put on this one are actually quite good.

  (446) posted on 04.25.2011

this car is not really a better option for a sedan car though its ford. I would say that their are other that has awesome performance and look compare to this one.

  (402) posted on 04.25.2011

I think my eye brow raised for that one. Ford is actually competing against the Lincoln which is I find quite unusual and i don’t get why they need to level on this cheap brand.

  (797) posted on 04.25.2011

It’s really a good thing that Ford has finally decided to work on the Taurus. The thing has been quite stale for the last few years, which is the biggest reason why it isn’t that popular.

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