Lincoln MKZ

From Lincoln press: Increased luxury and power are readily apparent and available in the 2010 Lincoln MKZ, as customers pampered with signature high-end features will enjoy a faster-accelerating and noticeably quieter luxury sedan. The 2010 model boasts a wide range of exterior and interior refinements – including premium Bridge of Weir leather-wrapped seats – as well as a new sport version for those desiring an even more-engaging driving experience.

“The new MKZ improves on the success of the current vehicle with Lincoln’s new signature look, appointments that amplify and expand the Lincoln portfolio and a faster, more-refined powertrain,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas.

The award-winning 3.5-liter V-6 Duratec engine powers the 2010 Lincoln MKZ, delivering 263 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 249 ft.-lbs. of torque at 4,500 rpm on regular gasoline while still remaining among the leaders in fuel economy in its segment with 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway projected for the front-wheel drive MKZ.

The 3.5-liter uses a compact, lightweight dual-overhead cam valvetrain for peak power and smooth operation at high RPMs. This engine also incorporates intake variable cam timing to optimize valve timing for a smooth idle and an impressive broad torque curve with good power. The six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission, which is front-wheel drive with all-wheel drive available, is standard on the 2010 Lincoln MKZ. Powertrain performance is improved dramatically, with 0-60 mph times dropping from 7.7 to 7.1 seconds.

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