• Aug 21, 2006
Amidst a series of recent shake-ups in Ford's production, a new casualty has fallen prey to the "way forward." The Yamaha derived 4.8-liter V8, currently found in the Volvo XC90, sought a new home within the Lincoln MKS in 2008. That possibility has been squashed, mainly due to the low volume of vehicles that would suit the engine.

In doing so, Ford is putting all their power-producing eggs into one, 3.5-liter V6 engine. This stalwart of Ford's product line is currently available in everything from the Lincoln MKZ to the Ford 500, although the power output will be increased slightly for the MKS, due to it's competitors V8-advantage.

Although this lack of engine choice may prove to be a sticking point with consumers, the possibility of not offering a V8 may be in Ford's best interest if fuel economy concerns continue to mount.

[Source: Automotive News]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      this is typical ford stupidness, they know the customers want a v8 in thier premium sedan but it would be to expensive for them to set up the factories to make it available. thats just rediculous, make the changes you need to make to get the product to the customer.

      this is the same reason north american doesnt get the good focus or a rwd sedan designed in the last 30 years.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wellit is sad they nix the Yamaha....but that 3.5 will have many variants of it. Ford has survey asking people on its Lincoln website if they would prefer a turbo V-6 variant or the n/a v-8.So I expect a turbo six to take the flagship role. I wonder if they will up the displacement of the 3.5 for this variant...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm a tall guy. I want to drive a comfortable car that is reliable. I have 3 older Town cars in my family. My 5' tall wife bought the first one, and I have been sold on the Lincolns ever since.

      The new Lincoln must be comfortable. I need to get in a car and not worry about whether I will hit my head. Oh, yeah, the 4.6 V8s have been reliable in all 3 lincolns (113 K miles, 120K miles, and 139K miles). None of them burn oil.
      My boss had a 93 Lincoln TC. His mechanic told him not to fix it any more because it was "too old." The boss had 421K miles on the original engine and transmission when the mechanic refused to put any more time in it.
      Let us see how long the turbo V6 will go. When the V6s can be seen not to burn oil after 150K + miles, then I might consider the new Lincoln, that is, if I can get in to the driver's seat without a bruised noggin!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ken, the car that Soulstirred was referring to is the MKS, nee Zephyr. It's been out since late 2005, and the name change to "MKS" is just that--a name change. Aside from the new V6, it's the exact same car.

      Speaking of that V6, I don't think that nixing the V8 option is that bad an idea. Enthusiasts wouldn't flock to this car, V8 or no--it's heavy, FWD, auto-only, and by no means a sports sedan. It's more of an American alternative to the Lexus ES 350, and such buyers aren't much interested in powertrains anyway.

      Certainly, I won't argue that Lincoln is running dangerously low on products, brand image, and apparently, ideas. But even with a stronger powertrain, the MKS isn't the right place to start if they're serious about this flagship business.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Everytime I see a rendering of this vehicle I want to weep. Automobile
      magazine just recognized the 1961 Lincoln design as one of the best
      of all time. Lincoln could have built the Continental concept that
      honored this beautiful styling, but instead they pander to... what? The V6 crowd :(

      The Way Forward - over a cliff!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd rather just have a Volvo S80. The Lincoln lineup looks to be just chromed up fords with a few options. While dressing up your mainstream cars isn't a bad idea (just ask Honda, Toyota, etc), you need to START with good offerings. Ford's problem is that they have no coherent strategy for designing class leading cars. They seem happy with delivering reskinned and slightly tweaked versions of other brands cars, for cheaper.

      As for today I don't see a single offering in Ford's lineup that's class leading. Half of Ford's cars are just knockoffs, and the other half are just plain unimpressive.

      I have two questions for anyone that really loves this car (I'm seriously curious as to what's going on in peoples heads when they buy these things):

      1-Exactly which cars is this supposed to compete with?

      2-Compared to the cars listed in question 1, in which way(s) is the Lincoln superior to the point that I should overlook it's competition?
      • 8 Years Ago
      ^^keep believing it ...

      it was approved and is coming.

      Igor
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ford, imitate Honda for your mainstream products, not your luxury lines. The comments about the Jag V-8 were dead on.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gee, I wonder how many dollars Ford will kiss goodbye to by not incorporating a V8 into the MKZ. Not that it matters anyway. :(
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is there a Ford deathwatch yet? Does anyone really think of Lincoln as having any prestige any more? Soon Ford is just going to be F-150s and mustangs. I think the edge (which is a horrible name) is their last shot.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Stupid, stupid, stupid. They just don't get it do they? Honda acknowledges the mistake with the RL (according to reported future plans), so Ford decides to build one, a Lincoln "flagship" with a 250 hp V-6. The RL is a decent auto but they have trouble "giving" them away and the RL has almost 300 hp. When Acura had the Legend, they sold like hotcakes. But the market shifted and Honda didn't, so RLs sit on dealer lots. I can't believe how short sighted these people are. Don't they understand that it's the product that sells? You have to give the consumer what they want and it's not a "large" luxury car with a V-6 that has only middling horsepower ratings. If Ford thinks they can save money by not producing autos that the consumer wants, they should give it up now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      my #14 comment replies to #11

      #13 .. the car that just got a green light looks quite different from the renderring ... Ford went back and re-did it, because the reaction to this version was anything but uniformly positive.

      Igor
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