Introduced: SEMA 1999
Ford routinely builds cars to evaluate new concepts and components. Most of them aren't finished out, although a few are so that they can be shown to and evaluated by the public. The Ford Supercharged Taurus is one such car.
This is Ford's own interpretation of the car for a "supercharged family". It offers excellent performance, as well as comfort, convenience, and safety.
One of it's builders was taking reaction from attendees at the show.
It was also clear to me that the car looked "production-able" - every detail had been thought out and cleanly executed. It's production-based engine is undoubtedly much less expensive to build than the old Yamaha SHO V-8 (which required many new castings, and a round trip to Japan for assembly). While the future of the next Taurus platform probably hasn't been announced yet, it's clear that the thinking behind this prototype is of interest to us. The car much more strongly styled, and has the mechanical updates necessary to back up those enhancements.
This is another example of Ford using the aftermarket to build a better car. Examples of Ford's partners that are well known to Ford performance enthusiasts include both Roush and Watson Engineering.
Combination Ebony Black Sutton leather and Quattro cloth sport bucket seats
Split-fold rear seat for cargo access in luggage compartment and added storage flexibility
Brushed aluminum accents in steering wheel, instrument cluster, door handles, integrated control panel bezel, A/C vents, console trim, scuff plates and speaker bezels
Ebony Black leather-wrapped steering wheel
Shadow grid aluminum door switch plates
French Blue lighting for instrument cluster gauges, audio, climate control and door markers
Woven square design for front and rear floor mats
Dual adjustable front seat cupholders for customer convenience
Standard secondary power point
Dual rear cupholders
Unique brushed aluminum brake/accelerator pedals with rubber insert accents
Ebony Black headliner and plush Lati carpet for added sound comfort
Optional console mounted 6-disc CD changer
Customization of the vehicle is achieved using components from a variety of equipment manufacturers:
|Interior aluminum door bezels||Angel|
|Integrated control panel||Visteon|
|Powertrain development||Ford advanced Powertrain Design and Watson Engineering|
|Design execution||Visteon Global Aftermarket Operations / Design Grant|
|Custom builder||Roush Industries, Inc.|