The History of Lincoln MARK VIII

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The History Of Lincoln MARK

Introduced for the 1993 model the completely new Lincoln Mark was a large, rear-wheel drive touring luxury coupe was the successor to the Mark VII. The VIII was built at Ford’s Michigan assembly plant and was on the FN10 platform, a relative of the platform which underpinned the Ford Thunderbird and Mercury

The Mark VIII was a larger car its predecessor, the Mark VII, about five inches at 207.3 inches and nearly inches wider at 74.8 The car also had a wheelbase of 113.0 over four inches than the Mark VII’s, afforded greater interior and ride quality. In spite of its overall size, the Mark base curb weight was lighter than the Mark VII at a over 3750lbs.

The Mark was also more shapely and than its predecessor having contours and curves across the of its body with subtle of chrome accents. Reflecting its design, the Mark VIII’s featured sweeping curves in its and dashboard surfaces. Instrumentation and were arranged around the for maximum convenience, emphasizing the VIII’s overall design as a luxury car.

The Mark VIII offered an list of mechanical features, of which were new or improved the car’s predecessor. Like the VII, the Mark VIII a unibody construction for structural providing optimum driving and occupant safety. Enhancing safety in particular was a high-strength capable of withstanding 5000lbs of heavy-gauge steel door to protect against side and front and rear crumple

Supplementing the car’s safety were standard dual airbags. Four wheel disc brakes continued to be as they were in later of the Mark VII. Like the Thunderbird and Cougar, the Mark featured a short-long arm (SLA) independent suspension which a combination of great handling and quality.

Enhancing the suspension were front and rear bars and a standard computer-controlled air which used sensors to adjust the ride height of the car to its coefficient of drag at higher Powering the Mark VIII was an all-aluminum 4.6L DOHC V8. The engine was the first of its kind in Modular engine family.

The 4.6L V8 produced 280hp @ 5500rpm and 285lb·ft (386N·m) of @ 4500rpm and required premium 91-octane fuel for optimum Handling the V8’s power was an 4R70W 4-speed automatic with overdrive. The Mark rear axle ratio was

The Mark VIII also standard chrome dual tips and 16-inch cast wheels.

Accompanying the Mark impressive mechanical features was a of luxury and convenience features. were things such as a speedometer, an electronic message (which provided things as the time, a compass, fuel engine oil life, engine temperature, and various other warnings and information), automatic control, cruise control, seating surfaces, six-way driver and passenger seats power lumbar supports, a position memory for the power seat, power door heated power mirrors, windows with a driver’s express-down feature, illuminated entry with remote, headlamps, an AM/FM stereo-cassette and an automatic power antenna. of the options the Mark VIII were a power moonroof, automatic dimming mirrors filtered out headlight glare other vehicles behind the VIII), an AM/FM stereo-CD a 10-disc CD changer, and a JBL speaker

For 1995 the Mark VIII a slightly updated instrument along with a new radio Arriving midyear was a new LSC (Luxury Coupe) model which on the standard Mark VIII by unique performance enhancements and features.

Chief among was a more aggressively tuned of the standard 4.6L DOHC V8, now under the name InTech of model, which now made use of a dual exhaust and produced (216kW) @ 5750rpm and 295lb·ft of torque @ 4500rpm. The Mark LSC used the same 4R70W transmission as the standard Mark but featured a more aggressive axle ratio of 3.27:1.

The for the 1995 Lincoln Mark LSC claims a zero to 60 MPH acceleration of 7.6 seconds. Accompanying the LSC’s enhancements were unique colors, distinct LSC badging on the decklid, perforated leather inserts, and LSC scripted floormats. The chrome inserts normally in the body-side moulding and bumper on the VIII were replaced monochrome body color on the LSC.

The 1995 Mark VIII LSC marked the first domestic use of HID

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In 1997, the Lincoln Mark received a significant facelift smoother, more rounded and rear fascias and a larger made of aluminum. The car’s was now made of aluminum (versus before) with a more power dome bulge the trunk had a more subtle of the spare tire hump with earlier Mark cars. HID headlamps became and were placed in larger compared to earlier models.

An neon brake light ran the rear decklid. Side now came with puddle which, upon the door opened, illuminated the ground for the and passengers to see when entering or the car. The side view housings also incorporated LED turn signal lamps to other drivers of an intended change or turn.

The interior included theater which softly illuminated the controls and handles. The 4.6L V8 carried on as before, but now came a distributorless coil-on-plug ignition eliminating the use of high voltage plug wires. Some of the components of the 4R70W automatic were reinforced for greater and reliability in late 1997 and all 1998 models.

LSC models had shocks and larger stabilizer for even better handling and All-speed traction control was now and could be deactivated via the onboard status computer when

Toward the end of Mark VIII Lincoln offered two personalized models: the Spring Feature and the Edition. In spite of this, of large American personal cars was in decline by the mid-1990s and the VIII was retired after the model year. The car’s in Lincoln’s lineup was effectively with the Lincoln LS luxury

Suggesting a return of the Mark at some point were the of a pair of concepts, the Lincoln MK9 in and the Lincoln Mark X in 2004. The MK9 as an evolution of the Mark VIII while the Mark X was less as a two-seat convertible based on the 2002-2005 Ford Thunderbird. an effective business case has been made for either causing them both to be shelved.

Yet another concept, the MKR, emerged in 2007 a continued desire to create a high performance luxury like the Mark VIII. like the earlier concepts, no version of the MKR is yet on the horizon, though of the styling and turbocharged V6 of the MKR concept in the production Lincoln MKS luxury

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