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Review: 2011 Ford SHO

A small but very vocal of car nuts are inexplicably passionate classic Ford Taurus To most automotive observers, four-door sedans built three generations during a or so run look just like family sedans. But under hoods lurked high-performance V6 and V8 that made mincemeat out of cars while maintaining an sleeper look.

When decided that it would relegate its Taurus to fleet beginning with a 2000 the SHO was an early catastrophe. Clamoring SHO begged Ford for a rewrite, finally arrived as a 2010 a new recipe for success.

We finally Ford up on the opportunity to spend quality time in a 2011 Taurus SHO, even we refuse to pronounce ess-aych-oh as Sorry, Blue Oval. Not happen on our watch.

The Taurus SHO seem like just a up full-size sedan, but it’s more than that. Its structure actually dates to the 1999 Volvo S80, was developed by that Swedish before it was acquired by Ford. forward to 2011 and Volvo is no part of Ford, but its full-size remains under the Blue control.

Oh, and before you ask, moved on from the platform the 2007 S80.

Ford first used architecture in 2005 for its Taurus-replacing Hundred, a perennial candidate for the Car Ever Built award. CEO Alan Mulally dictated a change after discovering Ford let the Taurus nameplate and, eventually, he called for a Bowing for 2010, the latest follows in a long line of Ford family sedans once totally dominated the landscape in America.

This car reprises the somewhat historic SHO but instead of the naturally aspirated V6 and V8 models that preceded it, the new car a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 and all-wheel-drive. definitely a step in the right

What’s it up against?

With its dimensions, the Taurus SHO best off against the redesigned Dodge R/T.

Ford also luxury cars like the E350 and BMW 535i as potential but we have a hard time that there will be cross shopping.

Any breakthroughs?

the Taurus SHO is loaded with tech for the money. It boasts still-advanced second-generation infotainment with Sirius Travel updates, a high-power Sony system and, if you tick all the boxes, heated, ventilated and seats covered in leather and suede.

Of course, some of the news is hidden under its hood. In this case, EcoBoost powertrain focuses on the syllable — boost .

How does it look?

There’s no that this is a big, automobile. When this first launched as the Five in the pre-crossover era, Ford the car’s high seating as a way to lure SUV buyers into different. My, how things have

This latest Taurus look quite as awkwardly as its predecessors, but its high beltline and greenhouse still have a cartoonish vibe compared to the look of its Dodge rival. this Taurus has quite a with a posterior that out well beyond the rear

Proportions aside, the look is inoffensive, if far from sporty from a set of aggressive five-spoke wheels. The SHO has little to differentiate from lesser Taurus — a good thing if covert is your goal.

we think a more noticeable and more obviously unique would go a long way toward the SHO look and feel truly

And on the inside?

Ford aimed to the Taurus SHO feel like a luxury vehicle geared at the most demanding and hedonistic We’re not buying it — but doesn’t mean there plenty to like about inner trappings.

Let’s start with the seats. Our tester wasn’t up with the available massaging but we fell in love with anyway. Soft without overly pillowy, the front are as comfortable as you will find in any car at any

Buttons galore line the stack, which borrows from various parts bin Everything is easy to use, but feels unique to the SHO.

A center console takes up of real estate, but this big has plenty of room to give. seat space is enough for a king-in-his-castle atmosphere with of stretch-out room for a full of court jesters.

Unfortunately, king lives in the land of plastics. Not one surface in the entire felt particularly upscale, the thin, scratchy black surrounding the center stack and the blobs on the door panels. soft touch materials we were rubbery and low buck.

can do great interiors at this point — check out the Flex platform mate, for

At least all the king’s men and horses fit in the cavernous trunk. Pop open bad boy (with the remote because is no exterior handle) and you’ll why the SHO’s butt would Sir-Mix-A-Lot get sprung . (Yeah, we there)

But does it go?

We positively love 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6. In our testing, it solid, linear thrust to a prodigious torque curve and it a level of refinement right up with Europe’s best. engineers carefully tuned the and exhaust to deliver a mild and growl that perfectly the vehicle’s mission.

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Officially, the V6 is at 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft. of torque. The big is that torque curve, spreads out at its peak from to 5,250 rpm. Wowzer.

any speed, the boosted V6 is happy to A six-speed automatic with wheel-mounted flappy paddles did a job keeping the engine within its while firing off smooth A sport mode would been a nice addition, but the transmission certainly never in delivering downshifts when

This heavy flying — it weighs nearly lbs. after all — was on straightaways, but its balanced chassis did the best of things when the turned curvy. The SHO’s all-wheel-drive system seemed tuned for outright grip, each wheel eagerly for traction when driven Electric power steering was on the highway but felt overboosted and uncommunicative for sporty driving.

Combine the SHO’s so-so with substantial body and we felt compelled to drive at no than 7/10ths, where the big seemed happiest.

The Taurus’ curb weight did pay off by delivering a comfortable ride. The SHO is tuned to be but far from punishing, so it had no difficulty up bad pavement and taking pot holes and joints in stride. The quiet, ride and extensive sound made the SHO one of the most silent we have ever tested.

mediocre fuel economy us from declaring this as one of the best road-tripping vehicles on the Around town, we struggled to see mpg, while highway barely mustered 22 mpg, a far cry the EPA’s 25 mpg suggestion. We’ve better real-world numbers out of the powerful V8-powered Charger Again, think of this as an Eco .

Why you would buy it:

You cringe every Conan O’Brien makes fun of his Taurus SHO.

Why you wouldn’t:

You the SHO is a cut price alternative to German It ain’t.

Leftlane’s bottom

Our Taurus SHO test car left us mixed emotions. On one hand, we its refined ride, torque V6 and cossetting seats, as well as its spaciousness. But the SHO never truly special to us; it seems like the old of tarting up a middle American with a robust powertrain is the mantra at Ford.

For performance fans, the redesigned R/T basically makes the Taurus SHO But for those who want something a bit incognito, this genuinely big sedan might be just the Just don’t expect a feel inside and out to go with world-beating twin-turbo V6.

2011 Taurus SHO base price, As tested, $44,925.

Package $3,100; Adaptive cruise $1,195; Navigation, $1,850; $825.

Words and photos by Ganz.

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Ford Taurus FWD Electric Cars
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