About Lincoln Mark VIII
The Lincoln Mark VIII was a grand touring 2-door luxury coupe model. It was manufactured and marketed by Lincoln in 1993. The model was discontinued in 1998 and had no successors, leaving it to be the last model of the Lincoln Mark series. It made its way with only one generation. It inherited the assembly lines from its predecessors, the Lincoln Mark VII and the Continental Mark VI. The assembly lines stayed at Ford's Wixom Assembly Plant located in Wixom, Michigan. The lines were shared with other Ford models including the Mercury Cougar and the Ford Thunderbird. It adopted the Ford FN platform for its production and was given a front-wheel-drive layout.
Ford's design director in 1986, Dave Rees, started the design works for the Lincoln Mark VIII as the development of the model was already activated in 1984. In 1988, the design director was Kyu Kim who presented the prototype design named the "Stretch I" that featured scalloped sides, a spare-tier hump, a full-length headlight setup, and other parts. Eventually, the Mark VIII came out as a larger car than its predecessor. It was 5 inches longer and 4 inches wider. The wheelbase of the model increased to 113 inches. Though it was larger, the weight of the Mark VIII turned out to be much lighter. It weighed only a little over 3750 lb. It also got parts like a high-strength roof for its chassis along with 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, and heavy-gauge steel door beams for side impact protection, front and rear crumple zones, and dual front-side airbags. A short-long arm 4-wheel independent suspension was also available for the vehicle. Other Lincoln Mark VIII parts for safety considerations included front and rear stabilizer bars and a standard computer-controlled air suspension which had sensors to automatically lower the ride height at high-speed driving.
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The powertrain parts for the Lincoln Mark VIII were offered with an all-aluminum 4.6L DOHC 32-valve V8 engine and a 4R70W 4-speed automatic transmission. The parts could provide 280 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 285 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm for the vehicle. The new V8 engine was the first of its kind in Ford's Modular engine family. It was also given a set of 16-inch aluminum wheels and standard chrome dual exhaust tips.
In 1997 and 1998, the Lincoln Mark VIII got facelifts. The redesign presented the vehicle with parts including a larger grille and smoother front and rear fascias. The hood of the automobile was also changed to aluminum and the spare tire hump was made more subtle. The designers put neon brake lights on the rear decklid. The side mirrors were installed with puddle lamps that were able to light up the ground for anyone who was entering the car.