Earlier, we showed you the facelifted Ford Taurus. The 2013 model year full-size saloon of the Blue Oval comes with a fresh face, more features and a new 2.0 Ecoboost engine. Both that four-cylinder turbo and the improved 3.5 V6 offer decent figures, but this is the Taurus with the muscles – the Taurus SHO.

The Taurus SHO was always powered by an Ecoboost 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 with 365 hp and 475 Nm, and there’s no change in engine or figures for this facelifted version. There were rumours that this SHO will get bumped to 400 horses, but considering the firepower it already has, perhaps that’s unnecessary. A six-speed SelectShift auto with steering paddles does transmission duties.

So no power up, but the SHO does get a new optional Performance Package. A 3.16:1 final drive ratio will improve initial acceleration, and you’ll get new dampers and specific springs. Also, the EPS steering has been tuned and the ESC has a track mode with “true off” (zero intervention), performance brakes and “track-tuned calipers”.

Looks wise, the SHO is set apart by a black mesh grille flanked by series-specific HID headlamps. A fender-mounted scallop with SHO badge and 19-inch wheels can be seen on the sides (20-inch machined and painted wheels are optional). Black wing mirrors (heated with memory and puddle lamps) and a decklid spoiler are the other changes. The cabin is in full black.

By the way, the picture here gives you a better view of the SYNC with MyFord Touch system’s LCD screens and buttons mentioned in the previous story.

Here’s a finding that Ford is keen to share. About half of 2010 SHO customers had not previously considered buying a Ford, and frequently it’s high-end sedans (examples given are 3 and 5-Series BMWs and Acura TLs) that are traded in. Interesting.

More pics after the jump.

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