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Ford just delivered this beautiful Atlantic Green 2011 Taurus SHO for review. I've got it for a week and plan to really get to know this car. However, just after a day of driving around town, I've formed a few opinions.

The EcoBoost twin-turbo 3.5L V6 is AMAZINGLY torquey and smooth. It's rated at 365 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 350 torque from 1000 to 5000 rpm, and it is the torque you feel in this car when you punch the pedal. The car however is pretty big and heavy but with the flat torque curve and six speed automatic transmission, the weight isn't bothersome.


I'm still getting used to the size of the car - I thought my 2002 Mustang was a tank compared to my 93 Cobra, but the new SHO reminds me of being in my 2006 F150. The doors are high, there is a foot of headspace and I'm reasonably tall at 5ft 11 inches. The sport tuned suspension and all wheel drive keeps this car feeling very nimble, but I have yet to feel comfortable pushing it like I do my Audi A4 AWD. We'll see if more seat time changes that. Whereas the 2.0L Audi turbo engine and drivetrain are very clunky at low engine speeds, the SHO's drivetrain is absolute pleasure. It always seems to be in the right gear, there is no trace of jumping up and down and boost lag when you need to blip the throttle.

That's it for now, I'll be updating this thread with reviews, driving impressions, and pictures.



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I got quite a bit of seat time over the weekend in the 2011 Taurus SHO. I packed the family in for a trip to lake on Fathers Day, as well as some solo jaunts around town and to the gym. As a result I have become more familiar with the car, its limits, as well as a stronger sense of what I like/dislike about it.

First, Ford has some work to do with the paddle shifting. I never understand it when a company which is late to introduce a feature that is well established on the market, does so but with ill conceived modifications. Ford did this with paddle shifting. The standard protocol for paddle shifters is one side shifts down, the other side shifts up. Ford has created a paddle that works, and feels, like shifters on a mountain bike. Pull back on the big ear to shift up and push the thumb lever to downshift. I think. It's confusing, particularly since it is mirrored on the other side of the wheel and there are no marks. To make matters worse, the paddles only work when the floor shift is in the Manual (M) position, AND yet there is no manual shifting available from the floor shifter. Argh.






On the positive side, I LOVE Fords reverse cam. Its got a super-wide, fish eye like view. The gradations telling you how close you are to an object are useful, and to make it fool proof you also get an audible beep that turns to a solid tone when you are too close. The cam has great resolution and somehow works really well at night too.




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I really want to like this car, I do. But, the more I drive it, the less I like driving it. It feels bigger and less nimble each day. It does handle nice, don't get me wrong, I have take some pretty hard turns at 50-60 mph and the car sticks, it doesn't roll. However, it doesn't feel natural - it feels as if all the bushings, sway bars, shocks and so forth are all working at their max to keep a big, heavy, boat-like car under control. I have this feeling that in five or six years, when all that stuff wears, the true car underneath is going to show - slop and sway finally emerging. The steering on this car is artificially light.

The wheels on this car bug me. They are 19", which is impressive, but they look truck-like. The wheel wells are too big, requiring a lot of wheel to fill out. 19's barely cut it, so Ford puts a tall side-wall tire on it. It just looks truck like. Take a look at Audi, Bimmer or Porsche - the wheels are big, the sidewall is tiny, and there is little to no gap between the tire and wheel well.

 

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Ive been sold since i saw it. Then every review i see makes me want one for the family.
If only my pocket book could afford ANY new car payment. Let alone a mid to high 30 thousand dollar car.
Sigh oh well

GO FORD!!!
 

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I drove one last year, a friends a dealer and he was driving one around and thru me the keys at lunch. Nice power, Well Equiped (the one I drove was over-equiped IMO) same impression you appear to have.

Only problem I saw was the price tag.......... ???? $40+K ????
 

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One definition of insanity is "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result". I think Ford has just laid another SHO egg.

This is a bad copy of the original SHO. But heavier and larger with an even more overworked V-6.

Not a bad looking car, but too big, too heavy and still no V-8. And the paddle shifter is a real loser. What were they thinking?

I would much rather have a smaller, lighter sedan with a normally aspirated performance V-8 and all wheel drive.

Sorry Ford,..you blew it ,...again. Missed the mark,..again.
 

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This last post has me wondering why auto manufactures can't produce a car thats made to order with options that you want.........

Lets say offer 3-4 engines (4 Cylinder, Small 6, Big 6 and V8)?

Couple of Transmissions (Stick and Auto)?

Couple of Suspension Packages maybe?

Offer the Platform in 2 Door, 4 Door, Wagon and Maybe a vert?

You know, like you could get a car in the 60's and 70's, Gal's for example avalible in 2, 4, goon or vert and what even engine you wanted !!

How hard is it?
 

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It would really be something if it lost 1000lbs. Car makers need to find a way to trim weight. It helps performance and economy.
 

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It would really be something if it lost 1000lbs. Car makers need to find a way to trim weight. It helps performance and economy.
Its all the electronics and safety crap thats adding to the weight. Some new cars have up to a dozen airbags in em. Also the sat nav and DVD entertainment systems. BLAH! Just give me a big V8 with an AM/FM and I am happy.
 

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Its all the electronics and safety crap thats adding to the weight. Some new cars have up to a dozen airbags in em. Also the sat nav and DVD entertainment systems. BLAH! Just give me a big V8 with an AM/FM and I am happy.
And yet it they built it that way no one (outside of a fanatical few) would buy it and it would be slammed for not having safety features, no creature comforts or "modern amenities". Ford would end up losing massive $ on it. Built the way it is, despite what some will complain about, and loudly, Ford will probably sell more than they can make. And as far as having 3 engine options, 2 trans options, 2 door, 4 door, FWD, AWD, RWD ect. ect, would be so cost prohibitive that it would make the car a loser on the corporate balance sheet. Ford did their homework and built a car that they will sell the daylights out of, (based on market research, correct or not) or they would never have produced it.
 

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And yet it they built it that way no one (outside of a fanatical few) would buy it and it would be slammed for not having safety features, no creature comforts or "modern amenities". Ford would end up losing massive $ on it. Built the way it is, despite what some will complain about, and loudly, Ford will probably sell more than they can make. And as far as having 3 engine options, 2 trans options, 2 door, 4 door, FWD, AWD, RWD ect. ect, would be so cost prohibitive that it would make the car a loser on the corporate balance sheet. Ford did their homework and built a car that they will sell the daylights out of, (based on market research, correct or not) or they would never have produced it.
Thank you, I was going to say the same thing a few times, but i was so irritated with what i was reading, i just had to stop.
I thought id hear more support from Die Hard FORD GUYS instead of the comments ive been reading.
Its a Kick ass Car. Plain and simple.
 

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Ummmm yeah the original SHO v8's were just awesome little cars as long as you had your cams welded.

As far as an overworked v6 I dont see how either, the engine is completely new its nothing worked over its a new engine, and guess what? For years now ever other car company in the world has been getting much more power out of their v6's then ford has so maybe ford just finally figured out how to get the most out of the engine?
 

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I'm agree that its a nice car, But way overpriced, over optioned........ I wouldn't waste my hard earned money on a car priced similar to a pimped out, FXXX, 4x4 with a Diesel......... Infact I'm convinced the only reason manufactures are selling anything is they are offering 72 month financing...... on things people can't afford.......... Hell you can get a decent Mustang GT for $30k........... ???????
 

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Decent meaning the GT comes with seats, radio, ac and heat...which is fine by me, thats all I'd want from a pony car.

Plus its sticker price, you negociate with the salesperson.
 

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I was behind a new Taurus the other day at a light. I was driving my 94 TBird.

My eye level was just about equal to the top of the Taurus trunk.
 
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