2013 Ford Taurus SHO: full details, pictures and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 20, 2011

As expected, the 2011 New York Auto Show also saw the premiere of the 2013 Ford Taurus SHO (you can also check the 2013 Ford Taurus). And now the big surprise: there is no power increase, as the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine still delivers 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, and it is mated to a six-speed high-capacity 6F55 SelectShift Automatic transmission. The driver can also select gears via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Still, there are some good news regarding the 2013 Taurus SHO as the car received larger brakes, torque vectoring control as well as a unique sport-tuned suspension. Moreover, the 2013 Taurus SHO comes as standard with an advanced torque-sensing all-wheel-drive system in order to help you receive optimum traction in all weather conditions.

Regarding the design, the 2013 model year Taurus SHO comes with a performance-inspired grille in black mesh, high-intensity discharge headlamps, SHO badge found in fender-mounted scallop, 19-inch premium painted wheels wrapped in P255/45VR-19 all-season tires (20-inch machined and painted wheels are available as an option).

In addition, the 2013 Taurus SHO features specific sideview mirrors, while the interior receives the perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-trimmed sport seats with embroidered SHO graphics, unique woven aluminum trim and adjustable aluminum pedals with memory. Furthermore, we find the MyFord Touch powered by SYNC driver connect technology replacing traditional buttons.

Exterior Design

To make the Ford Taurus SHO stand out – albeit subtly – from its other Taurus siblings, Ford installed a performance-inspired SHO-unique grille in black mesh as flanked by series-specific high-intensity discharge headlamps.

Moreover, a fender-mounted scallop accommodates a subtle SHO badge just behind the front wheel openings. Connecting the Ford Taurus SHO to the road are standard P255/45VR-19 all-season tires wrapping distinct 19-inch premium painted wheels. Customers may also opt for 20-inch machined and painted wheels. Meanwhile, the new Ford Taurus SHO comes with exclusive heated sideview mirrors in contrasting black.

These mirrors feature memory functionality and have downward-facing puddle lamps. Interestingly, the sideview mirror on the driver's side boasts of an auto-dimming element. The posterior section of the new Ford Taurus SHO comes with a unique decklid-mounted rear spoiler.

Characteristic changes can also be found inside the new Ford Taurus SHO, like its leather-trimmed sport seats with embroidered SHO graphics, perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel and distinct woven aluminum trim as well as adjustable aluminum pedals with memory.

Nonetheless, the new Ford Taurus SHO features signature Ford technology like the standard MyFord Touch that is powered by SYNC driver connect technology. Ford has also got rid of a number of conventional knobs and controls and replaced them with clear, colorful LCD screens and five-way buttons.

Users could personalize these LCD screens to show information relevant to each driver through a button click, a touch-screen tap or voice command. MyFord Touch includes voice control for certain vehicle functions, connected Bluetooth devices and MP3 players.

Press Release

2013 Ford Taurus SHO

The new Ford Taurus SHO is the sportiest Taurus yet to wear the coveted performance badge. With its unique blend of the award-winning, fuel-efficient EcoBoost™ engine, enhanced driving dynamics and performance-inspired design, the new Ford Taurus SHO shows it means business. An unprecedented combination of horsepower, technology and fuel economy takes this acclaimed sporting sedan to a whole new level.

"The Taurus SHO has always followed the original formula of stealthy sleeper, and the new model is no exception," said Gordon Platto, chief designer. "We wanted to keep the subtle, understated, yet sporty elegance, but at the same time we knew it was time to even more fully differentiate the Super High Output model from other Taurus series models."

Inspired by SHO buyers and club enthusiasts, the design team knew just what to do.

"Listening to SHO buyers and enthusiasts encouraged us to strengthen the design and the driving quality for the new 2013 model," said Platto. "For us, this was a clear indication that SHO customers have passionate feelings about aesthetics and design as well as performance."

Distinctive design, signature technology

For the new Ford Taurus SHO, subtle differentiation from the other members of the Taurus family starts up front, with a performance-inspired grille in black mesh - unique to the SHO - flanked by series-specific high-intensity discharge headlamps. Behind the front wheel openings, a fender-mounted scallop contains a subtle SHO badge.

Unique 19-inch premium painted wheels wearing standard P255/45VR-19 all-season tires fill out the openings, giving Ford Taurus SHO a muscular, athletic look. Buyers can choose 20-inch machined and painted wheels.

SHO-specific sideview mirrors - also in contrasting black - are heated, have memory functionality and contain downward-facing puddle lamps; the driver's side features auto-dimming. In the rear, Ford Taurus SHO features a unique decklid-mounted spoiler.

Inside, the new Ford Taurus SHO communicates its sporty characteristics with a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-trimmed sport seats with embroidered SHO graphics, unique woven aluminum trim and adjustable aluminum pedals with memory.

Signature Ford technology is also a key attribute of the new Ford Taurus SHO, with the addition of standard MyFord Touch™ powered by SYNC® driver connect technology and the replacement of several traditional knobs and controls with clear, colorful LCD screens and five-way buttons. These screens can be personalized to display information relevant to each individual driver using voice command, a simple button click or touch-screen tap.

MyFord Touch is powered by the latest generation of Ford's award-winning SYNC, including sophisticated voice control for vehicle functions, connected Bluetooth® devices, MP3 players and a wide variety of external media.

Enhanced powertrain, refined dynamics

The new Taurus SHO drivetrain continues to use the award-winning and fuel-efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, delivering 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a six-speed high-capacity 6F55 SelectShift Automatic™ transmission.

Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters enable the Ford Taurus SHO to match revs for smooth, quick, manually selected downshifts. For the new model, these have been reconfigured for more intuitive operation, with one paddle for upshifts and the other for making smooth, matched-rev downshifts.

SHO dynamics have been enhanced with larger brakes, torque vectoring control - using slight braking to provide the effect of a limited-slip differential - and unique sport-tuned suspension.

Specially calibrated electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) has been further optimized for enthusiast-pleasing road feel and direct, communicative response. In addition to helping Ford Taurus SHO deliver up to 25 mpg highway, EPAS enables the car to park itself with active park assist.

Taurus SHO brake system upgrades include a larger master cylinder, revised booster tuning for improved pedal feel, larger front rotors with 19 percent more thermal mass and 67 percent more swept area to help brakes run cooler. Now vented, the rear disc brakes offer 53 percent more thermal mass.

As with the previous edition, all Ford Taurus SHO models come standard with an advanced torque-sensing all-wheel-drive system to help deliver optimum traction in all weather conditions and to enable the vehicle to efficiently deliver ample torque through all four driven wheels when driving in a sporty, enthusiastic manner.

Loyalist input brings new customers

Direct, unfiltered feedback from the Ford Taurus SHO enthusiast community and input from buyers of this reinvented icon reinforced the idea that evolving the SHO was a very good thing indeed.

"The SHO enthusiast clubs and dedicated online forums were supportive resources for us," said Amy Marentic, group marketing manager. "In the interim, our relationship with the enthusiast community has continued to evolve, inspiring us to deliver an even better SHO with the next generation."

Ford Taurus SHO builds on a platform of customer satisfaction.

"Initial Quality Study data from J.D. Power and Associates showed that the 2010 Taurus SHO gained phenomenal acceptance, as 92 percent of customers were satisfied with their vehicles," said Marentic. "In addition, Taurus SHO delivered new customers to the Ford showroom at an incredible rate. Roughly half of 2010 SHO customers had not previously considered nor shopped Ford. We frequently see high-end sedans - 3-Series and 5-Series BMWs and Acura TLs - as trade-ins."

Ford Taurus SHO is drawing new shoppers to the Ford showroom, based on its unmatched combination of 365 twin-turbocharged EcoBoost horsepower, torque-sensing all-wheel drive, available technologies and up to 25 EPA-rated mpg on the highway.

SHO Performance Package

For discriminating automotive performance enthusiasts demanding the ultimate in uncompromised dynamics and response, the 2013 Taurus SHO offers a new Performance Package that is engineered to deliver greater handling responsiveness, power and durability under more sporting driving conditions.

The SHO Performance Package includes:

Package-specific sport-tuned suspension with unique dampers and springs
Performance brake pads and unique track-tuned calipers
Recalibrated EPAS
Electronic Stability Control track mode with true off
3.16 to 1 final drive ratio for enhanced off-the-line acceleration
Enhanced extreme-duty cooling system
20-inch machined and painted wheels
245/YR20 performance summer-compound tires

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