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#16 of 45 Re: . [wale_bate1]
Nov 01, 2005 (12:08 pm)
Interesting you refer to the Jag. It is the only car I'm interested in switching to from our 94 TC due to it's unique style of the XJ8. At least the dealer for the "Lintang" is close.
#17 of 45 Re: Mustang Based Coupe [hpmctorque]
Nov 04, 2005 (9:47 pm)
My 2002 Mercury Mountaineer Premier would love to have a 2006+ Cougar coupe out of the Mustang as a garage mate. A V8 (or V10) with Viper whacking power... aaaaah, but I digress... If it came out as a Lincoln, I think it likely to not be as hot and sporty as if it were a Mercury. I see that differentiation as the FORD way of doing things.
#18 of 45 New Lincoln
Nov 05, 2005 (6:19 am)
The Mustang platform is not flexible enough to be adapted for a sedan, according to the message boards. It shares very little with the LS.
The 1984 through 1992 Lincoln Mark VII used the same Fox platform as did the 1979 through 2004 Mustang, so I expect that there will be the same relationship between the new Lincoln and the current Mustang.
#19 of 45 Maybe a Jag engine?
Nov 07, 2005 (2:01 pm)
The LS V8 was a dumbed-down version of the Jag V8, maybe the Lincoln coupe (Mark IX?) could use an undumbed version. I suppose that it might be seen to compete with the new XK, but that car is going back toward the sport side, closer to the E-type. The Lincoln could fill in whatever void the old XK left, while being more accessible because of more dealers and more affordable because, well, Lincoln ain't Jaguar.
#20 of 45 Re: New Lincoln [ehaase]
Nov 07, 2005 (2:30 pm)
Wait... the Mustang is "loosely based" on the LS platform. Lincoln wants to base a car on the Mustang... just use the LS platform!
#21 of 45 Re: Mustang Based Coupe [wtd44]
Nov 07, 2005 (7:58 pm)
And the last "hot and sporty" Mercury was?
I'm thinking around '49 or so...
#22 of 45 Re: Mustang Based Coupe [wale_bate1]
Nov 07, 2005 (11:06 pm)
It WAS sporty, but the HOT '49 was the Olds 88 with the Kettering engine and 4 speed Hydra-matic. Dual Smittys, wide WSW all on the torpedo coupe.
#23 of 45 '49 Mercobile (euphonium)
Nov 08, 2005 (7:08 am)
I had never thought about it, but in 1949 the Mercury's hot styling coupled with the Olds Rocket engine would have made an unbeatable combination for its day.
#24 of 45 Re: Mustang Based Coupe [wale_bate1]
Nov 08, 2005 (2:56 pm)
Actually, Mercury turned out a pretty nice version of the Cougar in '67 and '68, called the XR7. Sporty rather than sports, it featured white on black round instruments and a (probably fake)wood dach. You could get it with any of the 289's, which would make it handle reasonably well, or the 390, which would give you (marginally) more straight-line acceleration.
#25 of 45 Re: Mustang Based Coupe [bhill2]
Nov 10, 2005 (6:32 pm)
I remember it well! My cousin owned one in college (we were roomies); yellow with black vinyl top, black interior. He was fond of the switches in the overhead console; made him feel all pilot-ish! But that was just a trim package, and any iteration the Mustang was generally a sportier car, if not as nicely turned.
Merc has been the gussied Ford for an awfully long time, which of course has been the problem with Lincoln, which has been a gussiered Ford for a long time.
I really think the future for Mercury and Lincoln is for one of them to be absorbed by the other. Makes more sense to me for Mercury to be absorbed, because there's a greater degree of separation between Ford and Lincoln in the consumer's mind.