Lincoln MKS Concept
Introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Lincoln MKS concept strongly hinted at the design direction for the upcoming flagship sedan, launched for 2009. The expressive design was defined by sculpted fluid surfaces, conveying an athletic nature and performance.
A clean, contemporary interior includes the comfort and convenience hallmarks for which Lincoln vehicles are known. Heated and cooled seats feature 14-way power adjustments, and a panoramic glass roof provides scenic vistas. Other features include adaptive LED head lights, an advanced navigation system, Bluetooth and DVD-audio surround sound. A powerful 315-horsepower DOHC V8 engine teams with a six-speed automatic transmission and intelligent all-wheel drive. This was Lincoln's first sedan with 20-inch wheels.
The active AWD system provides performance and all-weather traction. A preemptive-slip system reads key parameters to automatically transfer torque to the wheels before they begin to slip. The Lincoln MKS has dual front air bags, driver and passenger side air bags and a side air curtain for rollover protection. The steering column tailors its rate of collapse to the driver’s size and safety-belt use. A cross-car side impact protection beam under the front seats reinforces the structure between the B-pillars while directing energy away from passengers.
The Lincoln MKS instrument cluster features gauges inspired by precision sports watches: large, easy to read, and well-placed for maximum visibility. The gauge needles have flush-fit hubs that contribute to a clean, streamlined look. The readings are marked by subtle raised chaplets, giving the cluster a dash of brightness.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
315 bhp 4.4-liter DOHC V8 engine, six-speed sequential automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, four-wheel independent air-ride suspension, and four-wheel power anti-lock disc brakes. Wheelbase: 114.4".
Source: Lincoln press and RM Auctions