Ford really took the 2013 Taurus SHO up a notch from the debut of the 2010 model by listening to owners and addressing their sometimes not so subtle suggestions. As the new redesigned SHO is hitting showrooms, Ford has released a short video outlining some of the 2013 model’s benefits.
“The Taurus SHO has always followed the original formula of stealthy sleeper, and the new model is no exception,” said Gordon Platto, chief designer. “Listening to SHO buyers and enthusiasts encouraged us to strengthen the design and the driving quality for the new 2013 model”.
A restyle has given the SHO a much more aggressive look that puts it in tune with the new 2013 Ford Fusion. There’s a few face with trapezoidal high intensity discharge headlamps and black mesh grille. Behind the front wheel openings, a fender-mounted scallop contains a subtle SHO badge. New 19-inch premium painted wheels wearing standard P255/45VR-19 all-season tires fill out the openings or you can option new 20-inch machined and painted wheels. SHO has unique side mirrors in black too.
The big performance news is that the 2013 model features larger brakes and torque vectoring control. Using slight braking to provide the effect of a limited-slip differential the torque vectoring control hopes to counteract some of the strong torque steer that is present in the 2010-2012 SHO models.
Specially calibrated electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) has been further optimized for enthusiast-pleasing road feel and direct, communicative response. In addition to helping 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.
Under the hood is a carryover 3.5-liter twin turbo EcoBoost V6, delivering 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic with all wheel drive. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters have been reconfigured for more intuitive operation, with one paddle for upshifts and the other for making smooth, matched-rev downshifts.
You will still be able to option for another tier up with the SHO Performance Package. The upper level option pack give you a stiffer suspension with unique dampers and springs. For braking you get more aggressive brake pads and unique track-tuned calipers. A recalibrated power steering rack is also included as is a track mode and a true “off” button for the electronic stability control.
Acceleration is enhanced with the Performance Package thanks to a 3.16 to 1 final drive ratio. You also get an enhanced extreme-duty cooling system and the 20-inch wheels with more aggressive 245/YR20 performance summer-compound tires.