Lincoln MKS Shows Off Performance-Enhancing Features
MI – The new Lincoln flagship sedan, MKS, features an all new fully independent
suspension (IRS), that includes stamped steel lower control arms and cast
aluminum upper control arms. It is mounted to a fully-isolated sub frame to
reduce noise and vibration. A unique design places vertically-mounted shock
absorbers at the outboard end of the suspension arms, near the wheels. This
configuration increases the motion ratio of the suspension allowing for a more
precise tuning while also facilitating the larger wheels and tires.
the shocks outward and positioning them vertically increases suspension travel
in a positive way. The shocks alone can now handle a larger portion of the load
requiring less suspension damping to isolate road noise and vibration from the
MacPherson strut and rear-facing L-shaped lower control arm front suspension
also mounts to a fully-isolated sub frame. The suspension geometry was designed
to maximize suspension travel and tuned to work in harmony with the rear
suspension. Together, the new front and rear suspension design can accommodate
class-exclusive, 20-inch wheels and tires.
Lincoln MKS comes standard with four-wheel ventilated disc brakes (12.25-in
front and 12.75-in. rear discs) with ABS and power rack-and-pinion steering.
wheels and tires are 18 x 7.5-inch painted, cast aluminum, 10-spoke wheels, and
P235/55R 18 all-season radials. Additional choices include an available 19 x
8-inch premium painted 10-spoke cast aluminum wheel or a 19 x 8-inch bright
machined 10-spoke painted cast aluminum wheel both with P255/45R 19 all-season
A 20 x
8-inch, 11-spoke polished cast aluminum wheel and P245/45R 20 all-season
radials will be available after launch.
structure of the Lincoln MKS was optimized for strength and stiffness. Along
with noteworthy crash performance, the solid structure also delivers the
smooth, quiet ride.
high-end sound package centers on a new technology that’s a first for Lincoln and the MKS. An
injection-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 part
fits snuggly to the steel dash panel to provide a barrier for unwanted wind and
powertrain noise. The same technology is used inside the rear wheel wells.
of the new MKS was massaged in the wind tunnel to help with airflow and reduce
wind noise. In fact, the team went through more than 50 iterations of the
design of the sunroof until they had a unit that is the quietest in its class.
The Lincoln’s new 3.7L V-6
engine also plays an important role in the overall sound of the vehicle.
Lincoln MKS is the first of many Lincoln products that will offer the Next-Generation SecuriCode Keyless Entry Keypad. The
keypad shares its technology with the iPod and iPhone, using the same supplier,
Quantum Research, for the processors and algorithms.
electronics are mounted behind a sturdy acrylic cover. The door appliqué is
made via a two-shot injection molding process. The clear acrylic, with a 40
percent black tint, is shot first, followed by the black acrylic that makes the
shape of the B-pillar appliqué. The electronics mount behind the B-pillar
appliqué. The graphic panel is the same color black as the B-pillar, blending
the entire unit together making it nearly invisible.