The Truth About Cars » SHO http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 01 May 2016 16:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Piston Slap: SHO me My Next Car? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/piston-slap-sho-me-the-new-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/piston-slap-sho-me-the-new-car/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:01:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=869874 Bob writes: Sajeev, Thanks for all the wasted ti…,er reading enjoyment you and TTAC provide. My Q has to do with “plan on keeping, or start looking for a replacement?” Bought my ’93 SHO in 1996, a 5-sp w/28k miles. It just rolled over 140,000 (I’m an over-the-road truck driver). Has been a great, fun […]

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Bob writes: Sajeev, Thanks for all the wasted ti…,er reading enjoyment you and TTAC provide. My Q has to do with “plan on keeping, or start looking for a replacement?” Bought my ’93 SHO in 1996, a 5-sp w/28k miles. It just rolled over 140,000 (I’m an over-the-road truck driver). Has been a great, fun […]

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Piston Slap: SHO-in off the MetSHO! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/piston-slap-sho-in-off-the-metsho/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/piston-slap-sho-in-off-the-metsho/#comments Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:00:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=481543 TTAC commentator crabspirits writes: I stumbled upon your Lemons Z34-fiero article.  My brothers both had LQ1 Cutlasses and whoever designed that engine was a sadist. They both blew the headgaskets and were impossible to work on. FYI: we run the SHO-swapped, mid-engine Geo Metro in the 24 Hours of LeMons. I had some good battles […]

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TTAC commentator crabspirits writes: I stumbled upon your Lemons Z34-fiero article.  My brothers both had LQ1 Cutlasses and whoever designed that engine was a sadist. They both blew the headgaskets and were impossible to work on. FYI: we run the SHO-swapped, mid-engine Geo Metro in the 24 Hours of LeMons. I had some good battles […]

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Junkyard Find: 1996 Ford Taurus SHO http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1996-ford-taurus-sho/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/junkyard-find-1996-ford-taurus-sho/#comments Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=463266 The Ford Taurus has been among the most numerous of junkyard inmates for nearly 20 years now, and a sprinkling of Yamaha-engined SHO versions show up among the bread-and-butter commuter Taurii. However, the third-gen Taurus SHO, with its 235-horse V8, is much rarer than the earlier V6 SHOs; in fact, this weirdly purple car I […]

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The Ford Taurus has been among the most numerous of junkyard inmates for nearly 20 years now, and a sprinkling of Yamaha-engined SHO versions show up among the bread-and-butter commuter Taurii. However, the third-gen Taurus SHO, with its 235-horse V8, is much rarer than the earlier V6 SHOs; in fact, this weirdly purple car I […]

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Super Piston Slap: This LeMons Fiero Gets Revenge on FoMoCo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/super-piston-slap-this-lemons-fiero-gets-revenge-on-fomoco/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/super-piston-slap-this-lemons-fiero-gets-revenge-on-fomoco/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2011 16:17:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413206 Since there are multiple TTAC Hacks on assignment here at the 24 Hours of LeMons, you’re getting into the mix from multiple angles. And, here in the Piston Slap corner of the world, the Cars are the Stars! But some whips simply have too much going on: feats of engineering superiority, a collection of creative/rare […]

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Since there are multiple TTAC Hacks on assignment here at the 24 Hours of LeMons, you’re getting into the mix from multiple angles. And, here in the Piston Slap corner of the world, the Cars are the Stars! But some whips simply have too much going on: feats of engineering superiority, a collection of creative/rare […]

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And the Winner Is… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/and-the-winner-is-22/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/and-the-winner-is-22/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2011 08:22:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413309 There are some fast LeMons cars that suffer from a single glaring weakness that knocks them out of the running after maintaining a lead for hour after hour. For example, the Acura Integra and Honda Prelude and their fragile head gaskets, or the Toyota MR2’s chronic engine-cooling/oiling woes. The Ford Taurus SHO, however, is constructed […]

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There are some fast LeMons cars that suffer from a single glaring weakness that knocks them out of the running after maintaining a lead for hour after hour. For example, the Acura Integra and Honda Prelude and their fragile head gaskets, or the Toyota MR2’s chronic engine-cooling/oiling woes. The Ford Taurus SHO, however, is constructed […]

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Yeehaw It’s Texas LeMons Day One: Rabbit Breathing Down SHO’s Neck http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/yeehaw-its-texas-lemons-day-one-rabbit-breathing-down-shos-neck/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/yeehaw-its-texas-lemons-day-one-rabbit-breathing-down-shos-neck/#comments Sun, 02 Oct 2011 04:37:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413220 After a grueling all-day battle of thrown rods, car fires, and busted suspensions at MSR Houston, we never expected to see a Ford Taurus SHO with a Rat Patrol roof gunner on the same lap as a bar-sponsored ’84 Volkswagen Rabbit. That’s how things sorted out after the first race session of the fourth annual […]

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After a grueling all-day battle of thrown rods, car fires, and busted suspensions at MSR Houston, we never expected to see a Ford Taurus SHO with a Rat Patrol roof gunner on the same lap as a bar-sponsored ’84 Volkswagen Rabbit. That’s how things sorted out after the first race session of the fourth annual […]

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SHO Me The Differentiation! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/sho-me-the-differentiation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/sho-me-the-differentiation/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:43:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=392086 Ford fans, rejoice! The Blue Oval Brand has been promising to do more to differentiate its “all go, no SHO” 365 HP Taurus SHO since the fall of 2009 (shortly after it debuted). After all, why drop nearly $40 large on a Ford if nobody realizes that it’s the high-po Ecoboosted version? Sure enough, Ford […]

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Ford fans, rejoice! The Blue Oval Brand has been promising to do more to differentiate its “all go, no SHO” 365 HP Taurus SHO since the fall of 2009 (shortly after it debuted). After all, why drop nearly $40 large on a Ford if nobody realizes that it’s the high-po Ecoboosted version? Sure enough, Ford […]

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Review: 1989 Ford Taurus SHO (LeMons Racer) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/review-1989-ford-taurus-sho-lemons-racer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/review-1989-ford-taurus-sho-lemons-racer/#comments Sat, 04 Dec 2010 16:34:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=375753 A top speed of over 140mph. Zero to sixty in less than 7 seconds. A composed suspension and jellybean-sleek sheet metal that still looks handsome after all these decades. That’s the 1989 Ford Taurus SHO, but Sergio Perfetti’s example is more than the sum of its historically relevant parts. And not just because it’s won […]

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A top speed of over 140mph. Zero to sixty in less than 7 seconds. A composed suspension and jellybean-sleek sheet metal that still looks handsome after all these decades. That’s the 1989 Ford Taurus SHO, but Sergio Perfetti’s example is more than the sum of its historically relevant parts. And not just because it’s won […]

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Review: 2010 Ford Taurus SHO http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/review-2010-ford-taurus-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/review-2010-ford-taurus-2/#comments Fri, 16 Jul 2010 17:23:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=360998 Reviving a legendary nameplate inevitably invites comparisons. As is often the case, those for the new 2010 Ford Taurus SHO have not been favorable. Judging from reviews, forum postings, and (I’ll predict) the comments below, the 2010 lacks whatever made the original legendary. Well, I drove the original SHO back in 1989. And now I’ve […]

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Reviving a legendary nameplate inevitably invites comparisons. As is often the case, those for the new 2010 Ford Taurus SHO have not been favorable. Judging from reviews, forum postings, and (I’ll predict) the comments below, the 2010 lacks whatever made the original legendary. Well, I drove the original SHO back in 1989. And now I’ve […]

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Ford’s Whiz Kids Adjust Their Models For Enthusiasm http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/fords-whiz-kids-adjust-their-models-for-enthusiasm/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/fords-whiz-kids-adjust-their-models-for-enthusiasm/#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2009 15:14:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=339795 Ford’s pointy-headed crew of sales forecasters have been compared to the original “Whiz Kids” and credited with a major role in Ford’s (relative) success in the last year. But you can’t calculate everything through statistical analysis, and it seems the models coming out of Ford’s Global Lifecycle Analytics Department failed to take irrational enthusiasm into […]

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Ford’s pointy-headed crew of sales forecasters have been compared to the original “Whiz Kids” and credited with a major role in Ford’s (relative) success in the last year. But you can’t calculate everything through statistical analysis, and it seems the models coming out of Ford’s Global Lifecycle Analytics Department failed to take irrational enthusiasm into […]

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Review: 2010 Ford Taurus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/06/review-2010-ford-taurus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/06/review-2010-ford-taurus/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2009 11:48:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=320567

Don’t believe the hype. The 1986 Taurus was not “the car that saved Ford.” Trucks saved Ford in the late Eighties and early Nineties, as consumer tastes moved away from the one-sedan-fits-nearly-all market in favor of the newly popular SUV. Nor can the 2010 Taurus save a Ford beset by problems on all sides. There are no longer enough potential mid-sized car buyers to make a huge impact on the company’s bottom line, and most of those buyers are really better candidates for the smaller, more affordable Fusion.

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Don’t believe the hype. The 1986 Taurus was not “the car that saved Ford.” Trucks saved Ford in the late Eighties and early Nineties, as consumer tastes moved away from the one-sedan-fits-nearly-all market in favor of the newly popular SUV. Nor can the 2010 Taurus save a Ford beset by problems on all sides. There are no longer enough potential mid-sized car buyers to make a huge impact on the company’s bottom line, and most of those buyers are really better candidates for the smaller, more affordable Fusion.

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