Ford Taurus Supercharged

Introduced: SEMA 1999
Status: concept

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.

Functional Features

  • 3.0 L 24V supercharged Duratec engine

  • 4-speed automatic transmission

  • 255 horsepower, 240 ft-lbs. torque / 3.98:1 axle ratio

  • Personal safety system (Dual stage front air bags, impact severity sensor, driver seat position sensor, safety belt pre-tensioners and Energy Management Retractors)

  • Suspension lowered 1 1/2" front and 3/4" rear

  • Borla dual exhaust

  • Available optional power adjustable pedals

  • Optional size-impact head/chest air bags

Exterior Features

  • Monochromatic French Blue paint

  • 18 x 8.5-inch Momo "Status" wheels

  • 255/40R18 Goodyear Eagle F1 GS Fiorano tires

  • Unique Catz front-projector headlamps for outstanding visibility

  • Black front grill

  • Unique front and rear body colored bumper fascias

  • Unique styled rocker molding

  • Unique roof spoiler

  • Unique deck lid appliqué and integrated spoiler for improved airflow

 

Interior Features

Customization

Customization of the vehicle is achieved using components from a variety of equipment manufacturers:

Wheels/shifterMomo
TiresGoodyear
ExhaustBorla
Floor matsVisscher-Caravelle
HeadlampsCatz
Interior aluminum door bezelsAngel
Integrated control panelVisteon
Powertrain developmentFord advanced Powertrain Design and Watson Engineering
Design executionVisteon Global Aftermarket Operations / Design Grant
Custom builderRoush Industries, Inc.