hairyandym saidits a decent looking concept car. Unfortunately FoMo will dumb it down for production and it will fail up against the competitors in the category, namely 'premium' luxury sport sedans be they Imports or the new Cadillac models. It needs to be a stand alone platform with big cubes and big HP. Otherwise it is nothing but a Ford sedan.. which is what all recent Lincolns have been.
"It needs to be a stand alone platform with big cubes and big HP"
And AWD is fine, but on a rear wheel drive based platform. Still though, you're better off with rear wheel drive with true winter tires than all wheel drive and all seasons.
So Lincoln should make a big cube V8 and a singular RWD chassis for a small market Lux car, and with looming CAFE requirements? Acura is FWD or AWD. Audi is FWD based.
This is why it won't happen. And true, Audi is the exception, and is front wheel drive based other than the R8, and has been a success.
Just because Cadillac is spending boat loads of money, and sales are sliding still, http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/12/03/cadillac-good-cars-bad-sales/19551463/Lincoln can go a different and more sound business case.
The new GT has over 600 HP, with a V6. I'll admit it doesn't sound as sexy as a 24V V8 though.
Not that I can afford one anyway, but the V6 would keep me out of it.
Oops 32V V8. 4 valves per cylinder. Actually the 05-10 Mustang GT 4.6 V8 were 3 valves per cylinder....24V. Mark VIII and Cobra 4.6s were 32V. Town Cars, GM and CV were 2 valvers.
You forgot Acura.
There was the V6 Dino Ferrari and a new production model is coming. Don't forget Formula 1.
My preference is also RWD, I have a Mark VIII Hot Rod and a Miata (manual). There is talk of a Mark IX (?) based off the Mustang chassis. The Mustang chassis was loosely based off the LS, Jag S-Type, and Thunderbird chassis. I don't understand why it would be so difficult to re-engineer it BACK to a Lincoln sedan/coupe/convertible.
True, Acura is very forgettable. https://youtu.be/2uSAtr7YF1Y
Min 3:10 on for a couple of min. They were at one time a big supporter of Acura, and frankly, anything japanese.
Anyway, back to Lincoln
"based loosely off of the Mustang platform" is what I thought was going to happen for a rear wheel drive (and AWD) Continental. I was a bit disappointed that it's going to a Fusion.
"I have a Mark VIII Hot Rod"
I had a Mk 7 LSC that I bought new back in 86. And back in the day, an 84, 85 and 87 T-Bird Turbo and an 87 Mustang GT