In the annals of American performance cars, certain acronyms are held with considerable reverence. Among them are, SS, R/T, GTO and SHO. The last one, as any auto enthusiast knowledgeable of the price of a gallon of premium will tell you stands for Super High Output and was first applied to a four-door sedan back in 1986 to delineate it from its lesser endowed sibling.
Back in the days of Madonna, (that’s Lady Gaga with a dollop of originality for you millennials) Ford introduced what was then a cutting edge family sedan. One that broke all sorts of sales records and went on to become one of the top selling cars in the nation year in and year out. Where today’s mid-size sedan charts are ruled by the likes of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, time was that parking space was reserved for the Ford Taurus, and the hottest Taurus of all was the Taurus SHO.
In an attempt to recapture some of that glory, (and quiet clamoring SHO enthusiast’s fervent demands) Ford reintroduced the Taurus as a 2010 model and with it, a new Taurus SHO. This time though the Taurus is a full-size near luxury sedan, and the Taurus SHO is positioned as the luxury performance sedan for the thinking man. Yes, man. Ford predicts the vast majority of SHO models with find themselves transporting the X chromosome.