Taurus SHO / Explorer / Flex
Ford’s 2010+ Taurus SHO, along with the Explorer and Flex SUVs, come equipped with the twin turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines putting down 365 horsepower from the factory. You can get even more from your SHO, Explorer or Flex with Full-Race upgrades! Increase the airflow into your EcoBoost engine with a BBK Performance Power Plus 73mm throttle body. Add a Full-Race throttle body spacer to provide extra vacuum sources for a boost gauge or a blow-off valve. Looking for even more horsepower? Check out the twin, stock-replacement Garrett GT turbochargers to increase the output potential of your EcoBoost V6.
The Ford Taurus has been a pillar in the Ford lineup since the late 1980s. The team that developed the Mustang SVT Cobra applied its wizardry to the well received and very popular Taurus, leading to the release of the Taurus SHO (Super High Output) trim in 1989. This performance variant made 220 horsepower from a naturally-aspirated, high-flowing Yamaha-designed V6 engine. Ford revived the SHO trim for the 2010 model year after giving it an 11-year hiatus. Unveiled at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show, this new Taurus SHO featured the first generation, twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and an all-wheel driveline. Ford’s renewed interest in the performance segment made the SHO an obvious and popular package to reintroduce to consumers.
The first generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine also found its way under the hoods of the popular Ford Exporer Sport and Flex SUVs in 2013. These were not watered-down versions of the capable 3.5-liter engine but the same 365-horsepower mill that brings performance to the likes of the Taurus SHO and the F-150. Like the SHO and F-150, the Explorer Sport and Flex can benefit from the support that the aftermarket invested already invested into the EcoBoost engines.