The name SHO stood for Super High Output; Ford wanted this model to compete against the imports from both Europe and Japan. The drive train consisted of a V8, transversely mounted and with heads developed and built in Japan by Yamaha, as with previous SHO models. With four valves per cylinder and a balancer shaft to smooth out the dynamics, the engine was a keen revver all the way through the 7,000rpm redline. The only downside was the engine produced most of its best power above 4,500rpm, so low-speed response wasn't as good, though Ford made sure at least 80 percent of the torque was available at 2,000rpm. The suspension had a strut front and multi-link rear, with computer-controlled shock absorbers. Inside, the SHO came fully equipped with air-conditioning, cruise control, plus power windows, steering seats, mirrors and sunroof, making it a luxurious fast tourer.
Ford Taurus SHO (1998) Specifications
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