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Ford Taurus SHO '98
Ford Taurus SHO '98 (GT6)
Appears in Gran Turismo 2 (RM)
Gran Turismo 4
Gran Turismo PSP
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
Type in GT5 Standard
Interior in GT6 Simple
Manufacturer Ford
Displacement 3391 cc
Drivetrain FF
Aspiration NA
Engine Yamaha-Cosworth V8
Max Power 234 bhp (237 PS; 174 kW)
Performance Points 407 PP
Max Torque 31.80 kgf·m (311.9 N·m; 230.0 lb-ft)
0-60 Mph 6.6 s
Standing Quarter Mile 14.981 s
Top Speed 253.92 km/h (157.78 mph)
Length 5,039 mm (198.4 in)
Width 1,854 mm (73.0 in)
Height 1,417 mm (55.8 in)
Weight 1,509 kilograms (3,330 lb)
Power/Weight Ratio 6.45 kg (14.2 lb) per horsepower

The Ford Taurus SHO '98 is a sports sedan that was produced by Ford. It first appeared in Gran Turismo 2, and since then it returned in every main game after then, except Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec and Gran Turismo Sport.

ColorsEdit

There are five colors available for this vehicle:

  • Black Clearcoat
  • Pacific Green Clearcoat Metallic[1]
  • Silver Frost Clearcoat Metallic
  • Vibrant White Clearcoat
  • Toreador Red Clearcoat Metallic

In-game descriptionEdit

"An enthusiast's upper-middle-class saloon, combined with a high-output engine."


When Ford took the wraps off its all-new sedan, the Taurus in 1986, it caused a sensation around the car community. The exterior design bordered on being radical, as it was highlighted by a unique face and flowing profile that proved to be one of the most aerodynamic sedans in the marketplace.

The Taurus was unlike previous Ford sedans in that it looked and acted sporty, in a European sort of way, and that it was to set the precedent of future Ford vehicles. The sporty intentions that the Taurus possessed were confirmed when Ford introduced the Taurus SHO in 1989, a hotrod version of the Taurus that could smoke many sports cars in its day.

The letters SHO stood for "Super High Output," a reference to the car's powerplant. The base Taurus was equipped with the 182ci V60HV, a V6 with 138 HP, but under the SHO's hood was a 216 HP V6, with a DOHC 24-valve head that was developed by Yamaha, a company known primarily for its motorcycles. The 5-speed manual transmission also had Japanese roots, designed with Mazda.

In 1996, after a full model change, the Taurus SHO received a 207ci DOHC V8 that produced 234 HP. The car's high price tag of about $30,000 (twice the amount of the base Taurus) hurt sales, forcing Ford to reduce the number of SHO models produced.

By 2000, production for the SHO ended. The current Taurus sports a 3.0-liter Duratec V6 whose horsepower has been limited to 198 HP.

AcquisitionEdit

GT2Edit

This car can be bought at the Ford dealership in South City for 30,980 Credits.

GT4Edit

This car can be bought at the Late 90's Used Car Showroom for around 17,800 Credits. The exact price of the car may vary depending on the mileage.

GTPSPEdit

This car can be purchased for 27,510 Credits.

GT5Edit

As a Standard car, the Ford Taurus SHO '98 can be purchased from the Used Car Dealership for 21,056 Credits. It is a Level 1 car.

GT6Edit

This car can be purchased for 27,510 Credits. It has a simple interior.

TriviaEdit

  • On Gran Turismo 2, the car originally could be racing modified to resemble Mark Martin's #6 1999 NASCAR. Due to licensing issues however, this was changed to a more generic livery on the NTSC-U 1.2 and PAL versions (see pictures below.) Interestingly, the NTSC-U Arcade Mode disc was never updated for this change, and thus if the player selects a racing modified Taurus SHO from their Home Garage on Arcade Mode, the original livery will still appear.

PicturesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Called "Tropic Green" in GT2
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