Ford Motor Co. is studying a proposal for the Lincoln’s next flagship to be a lightweight, midengine two-seater, according to a cover story of Road & Track's June print issue. For the Lincoln to effectively compete with its rivals in the luxury segment, it needs a sleek flagship that attracts a lot of attention from new buyers.
One example is a Lincoln that’s capable of going 200 mph. Performance was the focus in developing the recent Ford GT but it’s believed that this Lincoln model will be sophisticated and will feature the latest in technology.
The Ford GT was powered by a V-8 engine but this Lincoln flagship will be getting a supercharged V-6. There were reports over a year ago that Lincoln will present seven new or revamped vehicles within three years.
But a two-seat, midengine car was not ever mentioned. According to Road & Track, there’s not much that would make Lincoln a premium vehicle since technology is shared by Ford and Lincoln models. What Lincoln can get headlines for is if it installs advanced technology that isn't available in Ford-brand vehicles.
Derrick Kuzak, Ford's global product czar, said last March that the Lincoln is set to receive technology that will be exclusive to it.
He said that upcoming Lincolns will feature electronic PRNDL (park, reverse, neutral, drive, low), giving it a unique design and interior. He also stated that a two-seat Lincoln isn’t that far off.
In fact, Lincoln-Mercury dealers sold the midengine, two-seat De Tomaso Pantera in the 1970s. In addition, Audi offers the R8 while Mercedes-Benz has the front-engine SLS AMG. Cadillac had even once considered building the mid-engine, two-seat Cien.