The Ford Taurus SHO
- Performance with Style!!
When Ford introduced the revolutionary 5-speed high performance 1989 Ford Taurus SHO they opened a new chapter in the history of performance automobiles. A Taurus with a clutch? Oh, yeah...
Car and Driver agreed, calling the new performance sedan "revolutionary", placing it in the same category as the 240Z and the 1960's Ford Mustang. By utilizing a unique high performance 3.0 V6 engine designed and built by Yamaha, Ford turned an average sedan into a top performer. With 220HP and 200ft-lbs torque, the normally aspirated 1989 Ford Taurus SHO behaved like it was supercharged, with 145 mph at the top end and 0-60 mph in only 6.6 seconds - all in a body that looks like a family sedan. The Taurus SHO quickly became, and still is, the ultimate sleeper. At the time, its only true competitor was the BMW M5 Sedan - but only at twice the price!
At first, the Ford Taurus aftermarket wasn't very responsive towards the SHO. This is where the SHO Shop came in. From 1992 to 2004, SHO Shop carried a complete line of high quality street and track performance aftermarket parts for the Taurus SHO, including engine electronics, spark plugs, radiator, cooling system, intake, exhaust, drivetrain, suspension, brakes, tires, and yeah, especially the clutch. Eventually, everyone needed a clutch, and for a clutch, you called the SHO Shop. There was even had a supercharger! Over the years, the SHO Shop could make any Taurus SHO out-handle a BMW, stop like a Porsche, and out-accelerate a Corvette. I should know...
This website, which is into it's next evolution, will be the next level of change for the Ford Taurus SHO. How can I do this? I was a technical consultant working with Ford in Michigan for many years. This allowed me to have a level of inside knowledge with the SHO that is unmatched by few.
My Taurus SHO is a low-VIN numbered black 1989 that is one of the originally manufactured models (see picture at left). I bought my SHO in February 1989, and I've been all over the USA with it, sea-to-shining sea. It's got over a quarter of a million miles on it, and yes, it still does 0-60mph in under 7 seconds... and I want to help you keep yours just as well as I've kept mine. The Ford Taurus SHO can be a very inexpensive car to maintain - if you know what you're doing!
And yes, I've been to the Grand Canyon with my SHO, too...
|DISCLAIMER: This site is not affiliated with the former Ford Taurus aftermarket business associated with SHO Shop.