Ford Taurus

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Even though Ford’s flagship saloon is actually not sold in Europe, the Ford Taurus shows how far apart the US as well as European interpretations of ‘sporting’ are at the moment The Ford Taurus is actually effectively the range-topping edition of Ford’s global flagship saloon, even though the item is actually not sold in Europe as well as many different markets.The Taurus started off life as the Ford 500, a large saloon with strong styling overtones of the landmark 1997 VW Passat. the item was launched in 2004 as well as was based on the original Volvo S80, using the Swedish company’s P2X platform. Like the S80, the 500 was available in front as well as four-wheel drive. the automobile was re-named as well as re-styled in 2007. the item is actually rumoured of which brand-new Ford boss Allan Mulally was baffled of which Ford had dropped the Taurus nameplate.A touch over 5m long, the Ford Taurus has unusual proportions within the flesh. through a distance the automobile looks like a normal large saloon. Close up, the height of the automobile’s belt line as well as rear deck becomes apparent. as well as the boot is actually huge, especially in height. The front seats are also positioned rather higher than normal.The odd proportioning of the automobile is actually rumoured to be rooted within the Side Impact Protection tube which runs between the B-pillars. within the Volvos based on of which platform, the tube runs through the front seat frame. within the Ford, the seat frames on positioned on top of the tube, raising the seat height as well as causing the whole upper Centeng to be re-proportioned to take of which into account.In any case, of which is actually very big car.of which SHO edition is actually the ‘performance variant’, powered by Ford’s effective 3.5-litre V6 Ecoboost engine, driving all four wheels through a six-speed automatic ’box.Not great. Although the engine is actually quite smooth as well as pretty perky (despite having to drive all of which weight), the rest of the automobile cannot live up to the engine. Our test car was also fitted with the ‘Performance Package’ which adds 20in wheels, stiffer damping, stiffer rear springs a lower final-drive ratio as well as tweaked electrically-assisted steering.On the broken concrete road surfaces of Sunset Boulevard, the Taurus SHO thumped as well as banged its way along, only getting a grip, so to speak, when the road surfaces were much better. the item can haul itself along with some vigour on the backroads, although the item just hasn’t got the chassis sophistication needed. The steering is actually too detached, the ride compromised, the Centeng control too marginal.Despite the promise of performance brake pads, these anchors were hopeless compared to the Mustang GT’s optional Brembos we tried on the same day. There was too much travel before the brakes genuinely bit as well as not enough under-foot feedback.Overall, of which is actually a nice engine struggling in a loose-limbed as well as unfocused big saloon. the item can’t decide whether the item wants to be one of those early 1990s all-weather executive express cars (remember the Renault Safrane Bi-Turbo?) or a big, long-distance loafer.The cockpit is actually extremely spacious as well as the boot absolutely vast, although the rear legroom isn’t brilliant. The double-sided dash design basically pretty not bad, although the mainstream quality as well as profusion of wildly different switchgear undermine the Taurus’s flagship status. A European Mondeo is actually far superior as well as a vanilla Skoda Superb would likely knock the item into a cocked hat, in terms of internal packaging as well as chassis poise.the item might have some appeal within the Mid-West – or Middle East – where the roads are open as well as sweeping as well as fuel is actually relatively cheap.The influence of European engineers at Ford, however, promises of which the brand-new Mondeo – also replacement for the US market Fusion, the Taurus’s smaller stablemate – will soon show US drivers what they have been missing.Ford Taurus SHOPrice £27,300; Engine V6, 3496cc, twin-turbo petrol; Power 365bhp at 5500rpm; Torque 350lb ft; at 1500rpm 0-62mph 5.2sec; Top speed 160mph (est); Gearbox 6-spd automatic; Kerb weight 1957kg; Economy 30mpg (highway); CO2 NA
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