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    http://www.autoblog.com/2015/03/30/lincoln-continental-concept-new-york-official-photos-videos/

    Do they have the balls to do one this time or is this just another concept that will lead to nothing? And it must be rear wheel drive or rear drive biased AWD to have any credibility in the market.
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    freedomisntfree saidhttp://www.autoblog.com/2015/03/30/lincoln-continental-concept-new-york-official-photos-videos/

    Do they have the balls to do one this time or is this just another concept that will lead to nothing? And it must be rear wheel drive or rear drive biased AWD to have any credibility in the market.


    Mark Fields said it was VERY strong indication of the production model.

    FoMoCo only has two RWD platforms: the Mustang and F150. The Panther and LS are long gone.

    I think it definitely needs to be at least AWD. With Ford's experience in Rally Sports/AWD it should be fine.

    http://jalopnik.com/2016-ford-focus-rs-this-is-your-320-hp-awd-monster-ha-1683323602

    A few years ago V12s, or V8s were considered a necessity for credibility in this market. The new Raptor's 3.5 V6 Eco-boost is well over 400HP.

    Apparently Bentley was pissed when the saw it, but really? They stole the Jaguaresque headlight design after all! Everything is "inspired" and it could just as easily be inspired from a 38 Lincoln as a Bentley.
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    freedomisntfree saidhttp://www.autoblog.com/2015/03/30/lincoln-continental-concept-new-york-official-photos-videos/

    Do they have the balls to do one this time or is this just another concept that will lead to nothing? And it must be rear wheel drive or rear drive biased AWD to have any credibility in the market.


    Mark Fields said it was VERY strong indication of the production model.

    FoMoCo only has two RWD platforms: the Mustang and F150. The Panther and LS are long gone.

    I think it definitely needs to be at least AWD. With Ford's experience in Rally Sports/AWD it should be fine.

    http://jalopnik.com/2016-ford-focus-rs-this-is-your-320-hp-awd-monster-ha-1683323602

    A few years ago V12s, or V8s were considered a necessity for credibility in this market. The new Raptor's 3.5 V6 Eco-boost is well over 400HP.

    Apparently Bentley was pissed when the saw it, but really? They stole the Jaguaresque headlight design after all! Everything is "inspired" and it could just as easily be inspired from a 38 Lincoln as a Bentley.


    Fusion platform is a fine platform, but I still think this AWD Cuntinental should be RWD based and not front, and it is front.

    And if anyone should be upset at Ford for 'borrowing' design cues, it should be Aston Martin.

    But still, not much I would be happier with than to see Lincoln really get back in the game. And then every bit as much welcome would be FCA coming out with a new truly imperial PIMPerial.
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    Apr 08, 2015 4:55 AM GMT
    It just looks like an MKS update to me, which is based on the Taurus platfrom. With front-hinged doors. Whereas some concept images were showing a boxier profile, reminiscent of the 1960s Continentals, with center-opening "suicide" doors.

    A much bolder and eye-catching look. Something Lincoln needs to achieve if they're gonna have any chance in the luxury car segment.
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    Apr 08, 2015 5:42 AM GMT
    I think to establish street creed as quickly as possible the car should debut with the coyote at a slightly larger displacement than the mustang ... maybe like 5.5 liter or even a TT 5 liter.

    I know in a few years this won't be possible due to the ever tightening CAFE standards, but that will be the case for everyone else too.

    The Eco Boost does do decent power and V8 like real world fuel economy, but is very unsatisfying to listen to. It will feel/sound emasculated with anything but a V8.

    Knock the world in the head with a true Q-ship. It works every time. if you can't quite get the refinement all the way there, make up for it with power. They can do that and do it well. Maybe even Hellcat levels?
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    Apr 08, 2015 7:02 AM GMT
    its 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. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    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. icon_rolleyes.gif


    "It needs to be a stand alone platform with big cubes and big HP"

    Yes!

    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.
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    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. icon_rolleyes.gif


    "It needs to be a stand alone platform with big cubes and big HP"

    Yes!

    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.

    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.
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    freedomisntfree said
    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. icon_rolleyes.gif


    "It needs to be a stand alone platform with big cubes and big HP"

    Yes!

    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.


    "24v" ?????

    Not that I can afford one anyway, but the V6 would keep me out of it.
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    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. icon_rolleyes.gif


    "It needs to be a stand alone platform with big cubes and big HP"

    Yes!

    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.


    "24v" ?????

    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.

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    freedomisntfree said
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    freedomisntfree said
    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. icon_rolleyes.gif


    "It needs to be a stand alone platform with big cubes and big HP"

    Yes!

    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.


    "24v" ?????

    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
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    timmm55 said
    freedomisntfree said
    timmm55 said
    freedomisntfree said
    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. icon_rolleyes.gif


    "It needs to be a stand alone platform with big cubes and big HP"

    Yes!

    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.


    "24v" ?????

    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


    The Continental will probably (90% sure!) share a similar platform to the Taurus. While in turn it's based off the Fusion it is stretched and widened.

    My first new car was a 82 Capri 5.0 HO. Then an 86 Taurus, 90 Mustang LX 5.0 convert, then a used 94 Taurus SHO (all manuals) "preowned" Mark VIII, last new car was a 05 Mustang GT.

    30+ cars and counting lol.

    By far my favorite was:
    (note license plate!) 154dsc00088.jpg

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    Apr 09, 2015 11:49 PM GMT
    timmm55 said
    freedomisntfree said
    timmm55 said
    freedomisntfree said
    timmm55 said
    freedomisntfree said
    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. icon_rolleyes.gif


    "It needs to be a stand alone platform with big cubes and big HP"

    Yes!

    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.


    "24v" ?????

    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


    The Continental will probably (90% sure!) share a similar platform to the Taurus. While in turn it's based off the Fusion it is stretched and widened.

    My first new car was a 82 Capri 5.0 HO. Then an 86 Taurus, 90 Mustang LX 5.0 convert, then a used 94 Taurus SHO (all manuals) "preowned" Mark VIII, last new car was a 05 Mustang GT.

    30+ cars and counting lol.

    By far my favorite was:
    (note license plate!) 154dsc00088.jpg



    I have a file somewhere with all of mine. I think it numbers 61 or 62 now, but yeah a Cougar GTE would sure be one in my bucket list. Just hope you don't have to change plugs very often on those bastards with the spring towers that close to the valve covers.
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    Apr 10, 2015 7:04 PM GMT
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    timmm55 said
    freedomisntfree said
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    freedomisntfree said
    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. icon_rolleyes.gif


    "It needs to be a stand alone platform with big cubes and big HP"

    Yes!

    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.


    "24v" ?????

    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


    The Continental will probably (90% sure!) share a similar platform to the Taurus. While in turn it's based off the Fusion it is stretched and widened.

    My first new car was a 82 Capri 5.0 HO. Then an 86 Taurus, 90 Mustang LX 5.0 convert, then a used 94 Taurus SHO (all manuals) "preowned" Mark VIII, last new car was a 05 Mustang GT.

    30+ cars and counting lol.

    By far my favorite was:
    (note license plate!) 154dsc00088.jpg



    I have a file somewhere with all of mine. I think it numbers 61 or 62 now, but yeah a Cougar GTE would sure be one in my bucket list. Just hope you don't have to change plugs very often on those bastards with the spring towers that close to the valve covers.


    I had a ride in a GT-E once. DK green/saddle leather XR-7. I was at a Cougar show in Kentucky. It was the W-code 427. (C6 only, 390 HP hydraulic lifters). But his had dual quads, headers, mildly cammed....probably pushing 500 HP. Beautifully restored to stock appearance. Every engine mod could be returned to stock.

    One of 357! But each was a 1 of 1 by the time color/model/options was factored. Rarer were the 428 CJs in GT-Es. Only 3 were 4 speeds.

    He had 3 of them. This was his "driver" and he had fun with it.

    http://gte.mercurycougarregistry.com/production/
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    freedomisntfree said
    timmm55 said
    freedomisntfree said
    timmm55 said
    freedomisntfree said
    timmm55 said
    freedomisntfree said
    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. icon_rolleyes.gif


    "It needs to be a stand alone platform with big cubes and big HP"

    Yes!

    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.


    "24v" ?????

    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


    The Continental will probably (90% sure!) share a similar platform to the Taurus. While in turn it's based off the Fusion it is stretched and widened.

    My first new car was a 82 Capri 5.0 HO. Then an 86 Taurus, 90 Mustang LX 5.0 convert, then a used 94 Taurus SHO (all manuals) "preowned" Mark VIII, last new car was a 05 Mustang GT.

    30+ cars and counting lol.

    By far my favorite was:
    (note license plate!) 154dsc00088.jpg



    I have a file somewhere with all of mine. I think it numbers 61 or 62 now, but yeah a Cougar GTE would sure be one in my bucket list. Just hope you don't have to change plugs very often on those bastards with the spring towers that close to the valve covers.


    I had a ride in a GT-E once. DK green/saddle leather XR-7. I was at a Cougar show in Kentucky. It was the W-code 427. (C6 only, 390 HP hydraulic lifters). But his had dual quads, headers, mildly cammed....probably pushing 500 HP. Beautifully restored to stock appearance. Every engine mod could be returned to stock.

    One of 357! But each was a 1 of 1 by the time color/model/options was factored. Rarer were the 428 CJs in GT-Es. Only 3 were 4 speeds.

    He had 3 of them. This was his "driver" and he had fun with it.

    http://gte.mercurycougarregistry.com/production/


    I had forgotten that the GTE was even available with the 428. I was thinking they were hydralic lifter 390hp 427 only.

    I do remember that the R or Q code wasn't available at all.

    Next to an R code 64 Marauder and a 66 7-litre, the GT-E would be my most desired Ford.

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