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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 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
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.
19-inch premium painted wheels wearing standard 255/45 VR-19 all-season tires
fill out the openings, giving 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, Taurus SHO features a unique decklid-mounted spoiler.
new 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 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.
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