The SHO left me much more interested in the Taurus than the last SEL model that I drove. It's not just the horsepower that sways me, but the fact that the interior is much more complete in the SHO. There's a nicely balanced variety of materials in a sporty, yet mature style. Of course, the thrust of the twin turbos is also quite fun.
The Taurus is a big car and that dulls the sporting edge that Ford was after here. In reality, the Fusion seems to be the real spiritual successor to the Taurus that inspired the last SHO. A truly special car would be an all-wheel-drive Fusion packing this 355-hp, 3.5-liter engine.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor