As the internet rolls into our cars Ford has decided that safety should follow. Ford announced that it is now offering protection against hackers and viruses with its onslaught of security features which will come standard with any Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicle equipped with SYNC technology. SYNC made its debut in 2008 and gave drivers the capability of hands-free phone operation, media player control, emergency assistance, diagnostic and information services, and traffic reports and directions. The next generation of SYNC technology will also include an in-car WiFi system powered by the car owner’s USB mobile broadband modem. It’s no wonder that with all of these advancements in your car’s connectivity that Ford opted to roll out the safety red carpet and introduce the following safety features:
“Customers are likely to get ‘all the good things as well as the bad things’ that come with Internet connectivity,” said Jim Buczkowski, director of Global Electrical and Electronics Systems Engineering (EESE) for Ford Motor Company. “It’s important that we take those lessons learned from the Internet and bring them to the car.”
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Not a lot of people would think that you can do anything with a Lincoln MKS apart from a few tuning modifications. After all, it’s a pretty powerful car by itself. Then again, Hennessey Performance isn’t a lot of people.
The renowned car tuning house took a stab at modifying a Lincoln MKS, which, with its new EcoBoost V6 engine, already packs 355 horsepower and 350 lbs/feet of torque. Hennessey Performance boosted that up even further by adding its own MaxBoost 435 upgrade kit, upping the MKS’ total output by 80 hp and 55 lb/ft of torque to 435 horsepower and 405 lb/ft of torque, respectively.
The result is a Lincoln MKS that that punches a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 13 seconds at speeds in excess of 106 mph.
In addition to the engine upgrade, Hennessey Performance’s MaxBoost 435 pack also comes with a polished intercooler piping upgrade, engine management software upgrade, a dual cold air induction system, a stainless steel cat-back exhaust, and a one year/12,000-mile warranty.
All in all, it’s a pretty impressive package from a tuning house that has made quite a living turning seemingly ordinary – yet innately powerful – cars into full-fledged beasts on wheels.
The blue oval’s luxury branch Lincoln has just rolled out an all new completely restyled MKX for 2011 with a whole new look that follows Lincoln’s modern design language as well as a few new technologies, including the industry first MyLincoln Touch experience, complete with AUDI MMI style interface and the coolest looking center stack controls that you will ever see in your entire life, lighting up as your finger moves across them. Starting with the exterior, the MKX wears the brand’s signature split wing grill as well as a set of backwards reflecting LED tail lamps that hide the light source while allowing the intensity to shine through and a pair of over size four inch oval exhaust tips to go with the new rolling stock ranging from 18 to 20 inches in diameter.
The interior of the all new MKX is all about luxury, craftsmanship made up of genuine materials and sharper execution then the competition. The 2011 MKX will be the first vehicle to use the MyLincoln Touch driver interface. This system replaces traditional buttons, knobs and gauges with clear, crisp LCD displays and the familiar five way directional pad buttons that the Nintendo generation has forced upon society. The screens are personalized to display information relevant the driver at the given moment and are easily changed with their color coded corner and then accessed by the click of a button, voice command or even a touch on the screen.
Under the hood Lincoln powers the all new MKX with a 3.7 Liter Duratec V6 with Ti-VCT to deliver a total of 305 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque, that is a 15% more power and a 12% increase in twist over the previous generation luxury crossover. The more powerful six cylinder is mated to a six speed SelectShift Automatic transmission and will be available for consumers when the Lincoln MKX goes on sale later this summer.
UPDATE 07/15/2010: Ford has just released an online configurator for the 2011 Lincoln MKX. Be sure to check it out!
It seems that Batmobiles – or at least cars with Batman’s logo on them – have come out in droves recently. But while others are rather poor imitations of anything Batman would really drive, there are others that look remarkably the same as the ones the Caped Crusader has driven. This particular ‘Mk1’ Batmobile fits the latter to a tee, and best of all, it’s for sale.
Built using a 1973 Lincoln Continental Town Car – as opposed to the modified Lincoln Futuras that was used in the 1060s TV show ‘Batman’ – this particular Batmobile looks exactly like the ones Adam West drove as Batman in the show. Heck, this car has even gone on a ton of promotional events with West even driving the car himself on some occasions.
The car is being sold at eBay and while the initial auction has ended without the reseved price being met, the car is expected to be open for bids again soon with an expected price of around $60,000 - $120,000. If you’re the lucky one who ends up bagging this Batmobile, it actually comes with a valid tax and MOT, meaning that this car is completely road legal and you can take out for a drive anywhere.
Just make sure you don’t get mistaken for Batman himself.
Back on August 24th Motortrend and Automobile magazine got together for a one of a kind test to put the new Ecoboost powered Lincoln MKS to the test against some of the world’s most luxurious perfromance machines. The field included a Mercedes Benz E550, Maserati Quattroporte, BMW 550i and a Jaguar XF Premium 5.0 Liter V8; all competing against the new twin turbocharged V6 Lincoln MKS sedan, in a classic 6 versus 8 competition.
Leaving all bench racing aside and concentrating on the the cold hard facts, each vehicle was raced up Loveland Pass, a treacherous, winding road with thousand foot drop offs and torturous hairpin turns in the heart of the Rocky Mountains located in Colorado. The man who was lucky enough to be selected to pilot these performance automobiles was none other than the multiple time hill climb champion Rod Millen, his ability to squeeze the most out of every vehicle combined with his ability to make use of every last inch of pavement made the New Zeland native the perfect candidate for the contest. Although the Lincoln MKS seceded to the BMW 550, it did manage to come in a close second and at the end of the day walked away with the highest top speed of any of the European machines.
The luxury arm of the Ford Motor Company, Lincoln, will be present at the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas next with with a few of their own customized cars, including the all new MKS, MKZ and MKT models. Raceskinz is coming out with a customized MKS sedan painted pearl white and will feature an assortment of carbon fiber accents. The design studio 3dCarbon has chosen to modify an MKZ complete with a flush mounted rear spoiler, roof spoiler, stainless steel door moldings and a set of custom stainless exhaust tips all created in house at 3dCarbon. The MKZ will also include a Magnaflow cat back exhaust system and a set of TSW “Snetterton” Hyper Silver wheels measuring 20 inches in diameter. The third of Lincoln’s SEMA show concepts will be an over the top MKT built by Rick Bottom Designs. The exterior of the full size people mover has been smoothed, shaved and will feature a custom made chrome belt line that further accents the MKT’s body lines. The outside will be covered with a magnificently striking paint job while the interior is enhanced with two tone leather and matching floating armrests. Lincoln is recreating themselves in the eyes of the American market, and their showing at SEMA will surely help to solidify their efforts.
For 2010 the Lincoln MKX is offering available all-wheel-drive, standard heated-and-cooled front seats and available heated rear seats. And for 2010, its 265-hp engine and six-speed automatic transmission have been extensively refined to increase fuel mileage. Prices for the MKX start at $38,345 for the FDW version and at $40,195 for the AWD version.
With its distinctive chrome grille, sophisticated flowing exterior lines, and broad, athletic stance, Lincoln MKX takes vehicle design to a whole new level. The interior features genuine wood, bright-nickel and chrome accents as well as a stylish, contemporary instrument panel. There’s also available ambient lighting in multiple color choices.
The Lincoln MKX features a 3.5L Duratec V6 engine that delivers a total of 265 hp and 250 lb. ft. of torque, and an impressive 25 mpg highway. The engine is mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission that uses a wide 6.04:1 gear ratio. Short first and second gears provide impressive launch and acceleration, while the tall overdrive gears deliver seven percent better fuel economy than a four-speed automatic.
For 2010 Lincoln is offering a new package: Midnight Limited Edition Package that includes a unique body-color grille and Tuxedo Black Metallic paint offset by assertive 22-inch bright polished aluminum wheels.
Lincoln is offering the 2010 Navigator with safety and technology upgrades, but also with new standard equipment. The Navigator will be available in standard and L version, both offered in either 4x2 or 4x4 trim. Prices will range from $54,400 to $59,465.
Delivering 310 hp and 365 lb.-ft. of torque, the 5.4L SOHC V8 engine on the 2010 Lincoln Navigator is flex fuel capable, which makes it powerful and versatile. You can fill up with E85 (a blend of ethanol and gasoline), regular gasoline, or any combination of the two. And its strength goes beyond the gas pumps. The Navigator 4x2 can tow up to 9,000 lbs. (8,700 lbs., 4x4) when properly equipped.
Punctuated by a striking chrome grille, the Navigator exudes confidence. Strong, assertive lines throughout its imposing body enhance its powerful exterior, while chrome accents add sheen to its already commanding presence. Inside the 2010 Lincoln Navigator you’ll find detailed craftsmanship throughout. From chrome door handles and the leather- and wood-trimmed steering wheel to the stylish, rectangular gauges and flow-through console, Navigator is as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside.
The Lincoln MKS luxury sedan is entering the 2010 model year with refinements to body and suspension systems, more standard equipment, but also with the addition of the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine, the first V-6 direct-injection twin-turbocharged. Prices will range from $40,870 for the FWD version and go up to $47,760 for the EcoBoost AWD.
The MKS comes standard with a 3.7-liter, 24-valve variation of the award-winning Duratec engine that delivers 270 hp at 6,500 RPM and 265 ft.-lb. of torque at 4,250 RPM. Lincoln MKS is equipped with a six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission.
The 3.5 Liter EcoBoost V6 found under the hood of the all-wheel-drive 2010 Lincoln MKS will produce 355 HP and 350 ft-lb of torque, all on regular grade gasoline. The twin turbocharged 6 cylinder provides the output of a V8 while returning a minimum of 17 MPG around town and at least 24 MPG during highway driving.
For 2010, Lincoln MKS was been treated to a ground-up review of its structure in an effort to improve upon its already ouststanding noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics. Additional bracing and strategically placed sound-deadening materials have produced a new level of cabin isolation, providing MKS drivers with a sense of sanctuary.
The 2010 Lincoln MKT made its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This will be the sixth model in Lincoln’s lineup, and slot between the MKX and the Navigator.
The Ford Flex cousin will be offered with a choice of two engines: a 3.7-liter V6 that delivers 268 hp at 6,500 RPM and 267 ft.-lb. of torque at 4,250 RPM; and a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 that delivers 355 hp at 5,700 RPM and 350 ft.-lb. of torque at 3,500 RPM. The upgraded EcoBoost engine should provide similar fuel economy as the standard (non-turbo) 3.7-liter engine. Both engines are mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. The 3.5 liter version is being offered standard with AWD system, while for the 3.7 version the AWD is optional.
The MKT uses a lot of design touches that have become known throughout the Lincoln family such as the split waterfall grille, single piece rear light, and large greenhouse area. Much of the curves in the design look like they came from the same pen that gave us the surprisingly handsome MKS we had in our fleet.
UPDATE 01/18/2009: Lincoln has just announced prices for the 2010 Lincoln MKT. Sales will begin this summer at a price of $44,995 for the front-wheel drive model and $49,995 for the all-wheel drive version.