• Dec 26th 2006 at 6:00PM
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This past week has been absolutely crazy with all the embargoes that have been broken. The result has been a flood of concepts meant to be kept secret until their debut in Detroit being introduced to the public way ahead of schedule. The one that's caused the biggest stir so far is the Lincoln MKR Concept, which appears on the cover of Car and Driver's February issue. That issue somehow found its way into the hands of subscribers and on newsstand shelves last Friday, 12/22/06, a full ten days before 1/1/07 when Ford's embargo on the concept was to be lifted.

Now that C&D has broken the embargo, every website across this great internet of ours is releasing all the info it has on the Lincoln MKR Concept. The heavyweight trade journal Automotive News has just posted what it's got, which includes a video that was taken at the Showroom of the Future event a few weeks ago. The video, which requires Windows Media Player, shows you what we saw in person that day, which is a dynamic concept for a brand that's been as boring as can be for years.

The MKR is a rear-wheel drive sedan based on the Mustang's platform that features a twin-turbo V6 generating 415 horsepower on E85 ethanol. The double-wing grille, retro Lincoln taillights and tall beltlines are all going to be part of future Lincoln designs, so study this concept well if you want to know what the Lincoln brand has in store for us.

Click here to watch the video (Warning: should automatically open Windows Media Player) or click the Read link to wind up at the link on Automotive News.

[Source: Automotive News]

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      Why can't they use the upcoming FORD AU Falcon's platform. Rear Solid Axle in 2007 and beyond? Why bother?
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      hmmm... looks like the design is influenced by last years Reflex concept.
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      Car and Driver did the same thing last month when the concepts from Honda and Mazda were on their cover. I don't know if its to intro their newly redesigned layout or to get a head start in showing off those vehicles, but I'm not complaining.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like Holden's concept Zeta-platform car from five years ago!!!!
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      So what's the difference between "Mustang platform w/ IRS" and DEW98 (the Lincoln LS/Jag S-Type platform - shortened and minus IRS that begat Mustang)?
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      First impression I wasn't so sure, but after seeing the video, this one's sold itself. Absolutely craveable.
      • 8 Years Ago

      If you read the original post on Edmunds regarding this car - it has the IRS...

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      "So what's the difference between "Mustang platform w/ IRS" and DEW98 (the Lincoln LS/Jag S-Type platform - shortened and minus IRS that begat Mustang)?"

      The S197 (aka D2C) that underpins the Mustang is an all new platform that has more in common with Ford's C1 platform than the DEW98. The DEW98 was too complicated and expensive to be used for anymore Lincolns and the Mustang. The IRS was already designed for the S197 to be used in the Shelby GT500 but was not used (not sure exactly why). Point is, the S197 with IRS will be nearly as good as the DEW98, but a whole lot more flexible and much less expensive to manufacture.
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      Video link is broken. Fix the mms link.
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