Ding, ding, ding! That is the reason that precludes all others. If Ford really wanted to sell massive numbers of the Gen 3 SHOs, they would have marketed them better. Most people don't even know a V8 SHO ever existed.Originally posted by Nick986@Jun 19 2004, 08:32 PM
Ford's contract w/Yamaha to build the engine ran out also, it was a 10 yr contract if im not mistaken.
FYI, the SHO was in production from 1989-1999, so a total of 11 years. :hmm: Not sure why you say the SHO was produced for 3 years, yet Yamaha was contracted for ten?Originally posted by Firespirit@Jun 19 2004, 09:49 PM
and the g3 SHO was the worst selling SHO of all 3 years.
Hey, those were my sentiments exactly 'bout the "small V-8" in the SHO. For only 3.4L (207 c.i.), it's got a "lot of punch" in my book. You can't compare it to the 4.6L and 5.7L (GM) V-8s. That would be like comparing a "lightweight" or "featherweight" with the "light-heavy and heavyweights" in boxing, for example. You really can't compare them. Of course, the "bigger guys" are gonna have "more punch," but 235 h.p. outta only 207 c.i. is more than 1 h.p. per c.i. and is pretty darn good in my book. Like I said, right now i'm drivin' an '01 'stang Cobra with 320 h.p. on "all motor" and it's got almost TOOOO much "punch." GT has plenty for a car of it's size and weight. Now the '03 and '04 Cobras come with blowers and 390 h.p.! Scheesh! Can you imagine??Originally posted by SilverKnight@Jun 20 2004, 12:19 PM
the thing with the SHO motor is that even tho it doesnt have as much low end. once u get over 70mph. if u punch it, u can go all the way to 150 pretty quickly. its a high reving motor that loves high speeds. and the suspension of the SHO is very nice and handles great. yeah, make sure the cams are welded when u get one.
and ash. it has ok power for a small v8. i mean how much hp does a stock 4.6 have with auto? the mach1 has 305hp. the 4.6L sohc v8 with its 281ci has 260hp. the v8 sho had 235 withs its 3.4L small v8. which isnt bad. only 25hp less with 1.1L less motor. so hmmmm.... torque is a whole nother matter tho. but eh. either way. depends what u want to do. if u like the sho, get it. its a comfy sedan with great handling. myself, i like mustangs alot right now. even tho having a sedan with a big trunk comes in handi plenty of times i would love to get a nice stang GT
Not really. It is a Ford short block, and Yamaha did a lot more than just the heads. Ford sent bare short block castings to Yamaha. Yamaha did all the assembly, machining, heads, intake, etc., except the parts and processes that Yamaha sub-contracted out. It's not really accurate to say that Yamaha did the heads and nothing else--they built the friggin' thing! :blink:Originally posted by Tara@Jun 20 2004, 03:36 PM
Also, another little nugget of info, the V8 SHO is a Ford block with Yamaha heads.
Originally posted by 93taurusSX@Jun 20 2004, 07:41 PM
More name dropping: weren't these blocks made using some kind of casting process patended by Cosworth?
SourceThis new 3.4 liter aluminum cylinder block with iron liners is made by Ford in Windsor, Canada, using the efficient Cosworth casting process. The block then goes to Japan where Yamaha contributes a pair of its own cylinder heads plus machine work and final assembly. It is then shipped to Atlanta, Georgia where final assembly of the SHO takes place.