With the debut of the 2010 Taurus confirmed for the 2009 Detroit Auto Show in January, rumors are circulating about the possibility of Taurus SHO model showing up at the Chicago auto show the following month. The Chicago auto show is the spot where Ford announced it would revive the Taurus name a mere two years ago.
Are these rumors grounded or are they pipe dream of the former SHO owners? Jalopnik gave us some clues by posting pictures of a prototype dashboard bearing the SHO badge next to the far right vent. Unfortunately little more is known about the validity of the photos.
However, a 2010 SHO is not only feasible, it's likely. Ford has confirmed that its EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 will find its way into the Taurus and the Flex shortly after its debut in the MKS. Ford even posted a video on YouTube showing the capability of EcoBoost-equipped Taurus. With that engine, the Taurus SHO would likely have an output of at least 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.
With a Taurus SHO model Ford would finally be able to compete with other sporty domestic offerings in the full-size market such as the Pontiac G8 GT and Dodge Charger R/T. In the meantime, SHO fans will just have to keep their fingers crossed that the Taurus SHO will return to the lineup after its extinction in 1999.