R&T Vintage Review: 1989 Ford Taurus SHO – An American Legend Is Born

The Taurus SHO was one of the peak experiences of Ford’s golden years, which started in 1983 and ended…all too soon. It was unlike anything that had ever come out of Detroit; well, for that matter, Germany or Japan. 220 hp from a naturally aspirated 3.0 L V6! That’s nothing now, but in 1988, that was absolutely amazing, more so for a roomy FWD sedan.

But the best thing about the SHO, from my point of view: No “Eurosport” or other loud badges, stripes, spoilers. The SHO didn’t need to trumpet its name or pump up itself; it was the real thing.  And for that, it had my deep appreciation.

R&T takes on its story and a test, and although it’s not a real comparison test, the Acura Legend is used as a frame of reference. Rightly so.