Alongside last week’s hubbub about the all-new 2013 Escape, freshened Flex, and upgraded MyFord Touch system, Ford unveiled the Taurus SHO Performance Package, an optional bundle of joy for the SHO “developed to meet the needs of customers who wish to push the boundaries of high-performance driving.”
The biggest upgrade offered by the package includes an enhanced cooling system for the 3.5 liter twin-turbo EcoBoost six-cylinder mill, consisting of an engine oil cooler, power transfer unit, rear differential unit and an auxiliary transmission cooler. The enhanced cooling is put to good use, as off-the-line power is more responsive thanks to a modified final drive ratio of 3.16 to 1, compared to the 2.77 to 1 in the standard SHO. Power, however, remains at 365 hp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque — the same as on the current SHO.
The package also provides a superior road-holding ability thanks to a sport-tuned suspension with unique dampers, stiffer springs, and a special shock absorber damper valve calibration. For more experienced enthusiasts who wish to push the Taurus to its furthest dynamic extremes, the AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control will have the ability to be fully disabled while high-performance brake pads with 18-inch calipers that are more resistant to fade under extreme conditions will help bring the four-door 4,300-plus pound beast to a stop.
All the fun will ride on 20-inch machined and painted wheels wearing 245/YR20 summer performance tires. The only change to the interior includes an Alcantara suede-wrapped steering wheel for increased grip. Unfortunately, there’s no mention of a manual transmission… but we remain hopeful.