First Look: 2013 Ford Taurus

We don't usually think of race cars when we think of the Ford Taurus, but that could change with the 2013 SHO, which is going to be offered with a new performance package that is, Ford says, "engineered to deliver greater handling responsiveness, power and durability under more sporting driving conditions." It includes:

• Package-specific sport-tuned suspension with unique dampers and springs
• Performance brake pads and unique track-tuned calipers
• Recalibrated electric power steering
• Electronic Stability Control track mode with true off
• 3.16 to 1 final-drive ratio for enhanced off-the-line acceleration
• Enhanced extreme-duty cooling system
• 20-inch machined and painted wheels
• 245/YR20 performance summer-compound tires

We can't wait to get behind the wheel of 2013 Taurus SHO with the performance package, which sounds like it will finally deliver on the promise of the SHO, which currently has a great powertrain but is hobbled by weak brakes.

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Mmm.. torque-vectoring using the brakes... curve control using the brakes. I think Ford needs to rethink this rather than going the cheap route by just applying brakes. Spirited driving means worn out pads! And why should we buy an SHO and then pay extra for the go-fast goodies? Make the SHO the hard core car and put the less go-fast options on the SEL. And please make a tan interior available on the SHO! Black and more black doesn't get it in hot weather!
Great looking machine. Good Job Ford!

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