The SHO was also a 3.2 V6. The V8 was a 3.4 but the V6 3.0 and 3.2 were both pretty big and heavy.
No not really. But yes it has headgasket problems which I've heard can be cured and it has 145 hp 215 ft. lbs. of torque. Couple of guys have supercharged it. The transmission will break down but with the addition of a 24k GVW trans cooler and a shift kit should do much better than stock. ALL Tauruses had/have transmission problems. Lube and heat issues killed many of them very quickly. The focus already has a cooler which maybe why it does okay on it's own (FORD finally learned). All the Tauruses INCLUDING the SHO had transmission problems. And if I'm correct the SVT 2.5 Duratec motor had headgasket problems also. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. I guess the 2.5 Duratec would be your best choice especially since a few people have already done it.the 3.8 sucks