2013 Ford Taurus SHO flies under the radar [Video]

The 2013 Ford Taurus SHO is the sportiest and fastest Taurus ever to wear the acclaimed Super High Output badge with 365 hp and a true performance package.

When you think of true performance sport sedans, the German brands like BMW, Audi and Mercedes, that boast all-wheel drive capability with sports-car performance and luxury trappings come to mind. If you want a domestic alternative, Ford is offering a true performance sedan in the 2013 Ford Taurus SHO.

And it looks like Ford is succeeding in convincing buyers that the 2013 Taurus SHO is worth a look. Sales show that about 10 percent of all Taurus buyers leave the showroom with a SHO badge, and half of the performance sedan's sales have been buyers looking at brands like Audi and BMW. And those buyers have good reason to make a switch to the 2013 Ford Taurus SHO.

The 2013 Taurus SHO is more than just a badge on the fender

The SHO package is definitely not just a badge on the fender, but it’s a true high-performance package designed for the track experience. It starts with the 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 that pumps out 365 horsepower and 350 lb.ft. of torque. It's mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic with paddle shifters for quick shifts. Underneath, the 2013 Taurus SHo gets a sport-tuned suspension that engineers say is not too overly aggressive for daily use, but is sporty enough for track use.

Ford says this is a car that the family can use as a grocery hauler during the week, and can be taken to the track on the weekend. The 2013 Ford Taurus with the SHO Performance Package is a stealthy car that will fool those who are not familiar with the car. The 2013 Taurus SHO also comes with all-wheel-drive that allows the car to pull with all four wheels out of a corner right on line.

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