Although wrapped in camouflage, auto spy photographer Brenda Priddy says there's no mistaking that this is the all-new high-performance Ford Taurus prototype. Photos of a clay version leaked months ago, Priddy says, and this one carries over familiar styling cues from Ford's stylish European model, the Mondeo.
The high-performance model should pack a 3.5L twin-turbo V6 capable of around 350 hp, all-wheel drive, Ford's new SR1 (Shock Ratio 1) suspension (used in the Lincoln MKS), 20-inch wheels, twin exhaust pipes and chrome accents on the front end.
Some observers think it will revive the "Taurus SHO" designation, while a few of Priddy's "well-placed" sources say to expect a Euro-inspired "ST" badge. "We should know for sure early next year," she says.