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#1 of 45 Lincoln Reportedly May Introduce A Mustang Based Coupe
Oct 10, 2005 (7:28 pm)
Per AutoWeek, Ford is seriously contemplating adding a Mustang-based coupe to Lincoln's model lineup. I'm wondering whether it would be called the Mark IX, or whether the Mark designation would not be appropriate. Also, if it were to be more luxury than sport oriented, would it have the LS'independent rear suspension? And if they introduce a Mustang based Lincoln coupe, why not leverage the Mustang platform even further, with a Mercury sport sedan derivative? I know Lincoln currently has the LS, but I read that '06 or '07 may be the last model year for the LS.
#2 of 45 I would assume
Oct 11, 2005 (8:13 am)
it would be similar to what GM has done with the Chevy Corvette and Cadillac XLR?
I would expect the Lincoln version would have the same hp, a cushier suspension, a more subtle exhaust note, and a ton of luxury features inside - whereas the Mustang would be all about performance. From an overall standpoint, I wonder if Ford would be better off doing a Mercury version (bring back the Cougar XR7 - only available in V8) instead of a Lincoln version.
#3 of 45 Why Lincoln?
Oct 11, 2005 (11:09 am)
Why not Mercury and have it be the Cougar? The original was based on the Mustang. Keep those cool sequential taillights!
#4 of 45 Re: Lincoln Reportedly May Introduce A Mustang Based Coupe [hpmctorque]
Oct 11, 2005 (11:14 am)
It's name will be Ling Tang, made in China.
#5 of 45 Re: Why Lincoln? [lemko]
Oct 11, 2005 (11:49 am)
Gotta agree with you. If FoMoCo wants an upscale Mustang, gussy it up, sell it through the Mercury dealers as a Cougar and go with the sequential taillights.
#6 of 45 Re: Lincoln Reportedly May Introduce A Mustang Based Coupe [hpmctorque]
Oct 11, 2005 (12:29 pm)
I thought the Mustang chassis was based on a Lincoln to begin with.
In any case, the Mustang's huge, so it'll make a good base for a Lincoln. I hope it's true, and Lincoln doesn't go all FWD.
#7 of 45 Re: Why Lincoln? [lemko]
Oct 20, 2005 (2:31 pm)
And be sure the high-end model is an Eliminator!
But I can see Ford trying to replicate the whole Nissan 350Z/Infinity G35 coupe (regular brand/luxury brand) effect...
#8 of 45 Re: Why Lincoln? [john_324]
Oct 21, 2005 (6:13 pm)
john..., you are either showing your age, or you are mercury history fanatic. personally, i could be happy if they did a retro '70 cyclone.
#9 of 45 Re: Why Lincoln? [explorerx4]
Oct 24, 2005 (7:07 am)
Not showing my age (I'm 32, so I have memories of only the tail-end of the musclecar era) so much as recognizing that at this point in my life, I'm (can't believe this, but...) kinda starting to want a more "adult" car, but at the same time, I still want the feel of 'merican muscle.
A revived Cougar might be just the ticket for me I think...as they said in the day, a "banker's hotrod"...
IMO "Cyclone" needs to come back as at least a name...if Ford is ever going to capitalize on their classic names, this is the time to do it.
Oct 27, 2005 (9:44 am)
Poor Lincoln needs something.
I note the new campaign emphasizing the Zephyr and ignoring the Town Car, but they need better product to be Ford's domestic upper end. The LS has languished in the also-ran column for an awfully long time now, and I think it could have been a real competitor had some real attention been paid. I don't think a crossover ute is going to cut it either. And what's the deal with a stinkin' Lincoln pickup?
So a Lincoln performance coupe sounds like a good idea to me. I'm as nostalgic as the next guy (assuming the next guy isn't lemko ) but to me, it's Mercury that's the fifth wheel. How can they ever get real branding in today's market?