Fords $45k Taurus SHO takes on 30k Pontiac G8 GT *edmunds track test*

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  1. Mitchj

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    Vehicle: 2010 Ford Taurus SHO

    Odometer: 2,289
    Date: 06/16/09
    Driver: Chris Walton
    Price: $45,475

    Specifications:
    Drive Type: All-wheel drive
    Transmission Type: 6-speed automatic
    Engine Type: V6
    Displacement (cc / cu-in): 3,496cc (213 cu-in)
    Redline (rpm): 6,700
    Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 365 @ 5,500
    Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 350 @ 1,700
    Brake Type (front): Ventilated Disc
    Brake Type (rear): Disc
    Steering System: Electric power steering
    Suspension Type (front): Independent, MacPherson Struts with stabilizer bar
    Suspension Type (rear): Independent, multilink with coil springs and stabilizer bar
    Tire Size (front): 245/45R20 99V
    Tire Size (rear): 245/45R20 99V
    Tire Brand: Michelin
    Tire Model: Primacy MXV4
    Tire Type: all-season
    Wheel Size: N/A
    Wheel Material (front/rear): Alloy
    As tested Curb Weight (lb): 4,404
    Test Results:
    0 - 30 (sec): 2.4
    0 - 45 (sec): 3.9
    0 - 60 (sec): 5.8
    0 - 75 (sec): 8.7
    1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 14.2 @ 99.11
    0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 5.5
    30 - 0 (ft): 31
    60 - 0 (ft): 127
    Braking Rating: Average
    Slalom (mph): 62.9
    Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.80
    Handling Rating: Average
    Db @ Idle: 44.1
    Db @ Full Throttle: 71.8
    Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 64.1

    Acceleration Comments: The SHO didn't respond (good or bad) to brake-torque, so best launch was at 2,000 rpm. Revs didn't fall (good) but things didn't really start 'till 3,000 rpm. Upshifts at 6,250 were smooth but not especially quick. Accel was linear until end of quarter-mile where it lays down a bit. (Smoking brakes after 5th accel run.)

    Braking Comments: Gravely tire noises, moderate pitch, soft pedal goes nearly to the floor. So-so initial bite, good in the middle then soft at the end.

    Handling Comments: (Skid pad) Chassis is slow to respond to steering input -- not at the sidewall level, but due to body motions. Understeers with maintenance throttle and lifting to get rotation awakens stability control. (Slalom) To keep from arriving late at each cone, I had to dial the speed down. Friction-free steering with mild load-up. Just as understeer begins, stability control starts grabbing brake, then throttle dips. Would be nice to turn off stability control, but you can't do that unless you get the optional performance package. That same package also adds better tires which would likely improve results.


    Vehicle: Inside Line's Long-Term Pontiac G8 GT

    Odometer: 2,675
    Date: 06/16/09
    Driver: Chris Walton
    Price: $31,845

    Specifications:
    Drive Type: Rear-wheel drive
    Transmission Type: 6-speed automatic
    Engine Type: V8
    Displacement (cc / cu-in): 5,967cc (364 cu-in)
    Redline (rpm): 6,900
    Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 361 @ 6,300
    Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 385 @ 4,400
    Brake Type (front): Ventilated Disc
    Brake Type (rear): Ventilated Disc
    Steering System: Speed proportional power steering
    Suspension Type (front): Independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs and stabilizer bar
    Suspension Type (rear): Independent, multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
    Tire Size (front): 245/40R19
    Tire Size (rear): 245/40R19
    Tire Brand: Bridgestone
    Tire Model: Potenza RE050A
    Tire Type: Summer performance
    Wheel Size: 19-by-8-inches front; 19-by-8-inches rear
    Wheel Material (front/rear): Alloy
    As tested Curb Weight (lb): 4,021

    Test Results:
    0 - 30 (sec): 2.3
    0 - 45 (sec): 3.9
    0 - 60 (sec): 5.8
    0 - 75 (sec): 8.3
    1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 13.95 @ 101.3
    0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 5.5
    30 - 0 (ft): 28
    60 - 0 (ft): 113
    Braking Rating: Very Good
    Slalom (mph): 63.4
    Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.86
    Handling Rating: Good
    Db @ Idle: 48.1
    Db @ Full Throttle: 76.9
    Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 68.1

    Acceleration Comments: Why is there no redline on the tach? Isn't this a sport sedan with a powerful engine? Bizarre, especially since manual mode holds gears and will bang off the rev limiter all day long. Quickest accel times came in Sport setting with transmission shifting on its own. There's very little wheelspin at launch.

    Braking Comments: Some fade became obvious after 5-6 stops, but the distances continued to come down to a world-class 109 feet. Some ABS kickback is noticeable through the pedal, but the overall brake feel -- at least prior to the minor fading -- is confident.

    Handling Comments: Transition to oversteer isn't as intuitive as I'd like. Perhaps this is due to minimal roll stiffness. Once the tail is out, however, the G8 GT is easily controlled. Little roll stiffness also means there's an uncomfortable amount of time between weight transfer in transitions in the slalom. Otherwise, handling is good with predictable limits. Oh, and stability control can be fully disabled.
     
  2. MrBonus

    MrBonus Et Tu, Brute?

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    The race to insolvency!
     
  3. Ricey McRicerton

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    I don't care how fast it is. I wouldn't be caught dead in that SHO.
     
  4. Mitchj

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    Ford that is pathetic.
     
  5. Mitchj

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    its significantly slower.
     
  6. MrBonus

    MrBonus Et Tu, Brute?

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    The SHO is 4400 pounds? JESUS CHRIST.
     
  7. nuclear

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    ib BLoG
     
  8. gumbylude

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    way to compete lol
     
  9. TireSmokinSRT

    TireSmokinSRT Bring in the stunt cock

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    FAIL CAR + FAIL CAR= FAIL CAR
     
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    Ford vs. Pontiac

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    Doesn't matter, SHO will sell, G8's in hell
     
  12. Mitchj

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    Ford America v Holden
     
  13. Mitchj

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    want a Ford that will eat the Holden?

    here it is

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    4400 lbs :rofl:
     
  15. MrBonus

    MrBonus Et Tu, Brute?

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    How did Ford manage to build a mid-size Sedan that weighs nearly as much as a full size SUV from a decade ago?
     
  16. tommylightning

    tommylightning Least known OG on OT and I wanna keep it that way.

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    Ford Australia vs Holden
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    Holden not available in USA so it is not relevant
     
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  18. Mitchj

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    the g8's a Holden, the SHO is a Ford America product
     
  19. Michinda

    Michinda Last Tango ♪ ♫ ♬ ♩ OT Supporter

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    For 45K, I would rather go 335 with sports package.
     
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    tommylightning Least known OG on OT and I wanna keep it that way.

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    Fine...





    how much longer will you be able to order a new Pontiac G8?
     
  21. TireSmokinSRT

    TireSmokinSRT Bring in the stunt cock

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    or you could just buy a jeep SRT-8 that weighs a bit less, handles better and is faster (than the SHO) :mamoru:
     
  22. Mitchj

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    me? im aussie, for a long time to come yet.
     
  23. tommylightning

    tommylightning Least known OG on OT and I wanna keep it that way.

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    You mean a Commodore VE right? Too bad you can't buy a Mustang from your home turf without having to ship one in from the USA.

    Ford would clean up the small truck market if they brought that Ute over here.:x:
     
  24. Mitchj

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    its the same car more or less

    and yes i cant, but i can buy a turbocharged 4.0L falcon if i must :mamoru:

    i do think id take the mustang over one but, a small(ish) fast car > 4000lbs sedan
     
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