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Lincoln MKS Shows Off Performance-Enhancing Features

June 05, 2008

DEARBORN,MI – The new Lincoln flagship sedan, MKS, features an all new fully independentsuspension (IRS), that includes stamped steel lower control arms and castaluminum upper control arms. It is mounted to a fully-isolated sub frame toreduce noise and vibration. A unique design places vertically-mounted shockabsorbers at the outboard end of the suspension arms, near the wheels. Thisconfiguration increases the motion ratio of the suspension allowing for a moreprecise tuning while also facilitating the larger wheels and tires.

Movingthe shocks outward and positioning them vertically increases suspension travelin a positive way. The shocks alone can now handle a larger portion of the loadrequiring less suspension damping to isolate road noise and vibration from thecabin.

TheMacPherson strut and rear-facing L-shaped lower control arm front suspensionalso mounts to a fully-isolated sub frame. The suspension geometry was designedto maximize suspension travel and tuned to work in harmony with the rearsuspension. Together, the new front and rear suspension design can accommodateclass-exclusive, 20-inch wheels and tires.

TheLincoln MKS comes standard with four-wheel ventilated disc brakes (12.25-infront and 12.75-in. rear discs) with ABS and power rack-and-pinion steering.

Standardwheels and tires are 18 x 7.5-inch painted, cast aluminum, 10-spoke wheels, andP235/55R 18 all-season radials. Additional choices include an available 19 x8-inch premium painted 10-spoke cast aluminum wheel or a 19 x 8-inch brightmachined 10-spoke painted cast aluminum wheel both with P255/45R 19 all-seasonradials.

A 20 x8-inch, 11-spoke polished cast aluminum wheel and P245/45R 20 all-seasonradials will be available after launch.

The bodystructure of the Lincoln MKS was optimized for strength and stiffness. Alongwith noteworthy crash performance, the solid structure also delivers thesmooth, quiet ride.

Thehigh-end sound package centers on a new technology that’s a first for Lincoln and the MKS. Aninjection-molded rubber dash panel runs from the floor, just under the carpet,up to the top of the dash and back over the cowl. The injection-molded partfits snuggly to the steel dash panel to provide a barrier for unwanted wind andpowertrain noise. The same technology is used inside the rear wheel wells.

 

The shapeof the new MKS was massaged in the wind tunnel to help with airflow and reducewind noise. In fact, the team went through more than 50 iterations of thedesign of the sunroof until they had a unit that is the quietest in its class.

The Lincoln’s new 3.7L V-6engine also plays an important role in the overall sound of the vehicle.

 

The 2009Lincoln MKS is the first of many Lincoln products that will offer the Next-Generation SecuriCode Keyless Entry Keypad. Thekeypad shares its technology with the iPod and iPhone, using the same supplier,Quantum Research, for the processors and algorithms.

 

Touch-sensitiveelectronics are mounted behind a sturdy acrylic cover. The door appliqué ismade via a two-shot injection molding process. The clear acrylic, with a 40percent black tint, is shot first, followed by the black acrylic that makes theshape of the B-pillar appliqué. The electronics mount behind the B-pillarappliqué. The graphic panel is the same color black as the B-pillar, blendingthe entire unit together making it nearly invisible.

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