Four thousand three hundred and sixty eight pounds.
The 2010 Taurus SHO is motivated by a twin-turbo V6 that musters up 365 horsepower and 350 lb. feet of torque. A six-speed automatic with a rev-matching downshift handles the shifting and a Haldex all-wheel-drive system that’s been modified to send more torque to the rear wheels gets the power to the ground. A more responsive electronically assisted power steering system points the SHO in the right direction while the modified suspension (ten percent stiffer than a standard 2010 Taurus) sorts out the bumps.
But it weighs just over two tons.
Comparatively the 2010 Audi S4 weighs 3700 lbs., the Cadillac CTS-V weighs 4200 lbs. and, finally, the 1988 Cadillac Brougham weighs 4268 lbs.
Alright, so that weight is for a pre-production test car as reported by edmunds.com but, if anything the production SHO may tip the scales with a bit more flab as extraneous technological niceties are added on to please the masses.
It’s no secret that cars (even so called performance cars) have been gaining weight for quite some time. But is it really necessary? Save the heated headliner, massaging back seat and automatic pedicure pedals for cars that don’t have ‘S’, ‘R’ or ‘M’ letters on the trunk. All the fully adjustable electronic dampers in the world can’t make a car nimble, it’s about weight.
I’m sure some will clamor to drive the new SHO but I won’t be one of them. I was excited when I first got word this car was coming back and when those magic phrases ‘twin-turbo’ and ‘all-wheel-drive’ came into the equation I started frothing at the mouth. However, two tons and a bunch of go fast goodies does not a performance car make. You can appease me though, Ford. It’s simple. Bring over the Focus RS.