Lincoln has a long way to go if it wants to be America’s best luxury brand. Its current lineup doesn’t have enough meat on the bone to take on the likes of Cadillac and Buick, let alone big dogs like Lexus and BMW.
But the good news is that Lincoln is truly making an effort, and as we learned last week, they’re open to any and all ideas that might help them succeed. In fact, Lincoln execs teased the idea of a Mustang-based coupe, pending the success of its current sedan and small SUV selection.
So in order to get a better idea of exactly what this Mustang-based Lincoln coupe could look like, we dialed up our friends at Hansen Art to create a unique coupe all Lincoln’s own. We’re calling it the Lincoln MK Coupe, and it’s something we seriously think Lincoln should consider.
Like the rest of the Lincoln lineup, the MK Coupe will keep those awfully pretty lines intact. The butterfly grille gets a sleeker makeover parigin with its new two door persona, and the rear end uses Lincoln’s single light bar feature from one end to the other.
Other highlights include LED light bars on the front, a more aggressive fascia, high-spoke wheels, and dual exhaust tips. All this would be available on a top of the line performance variant.
Under the hood, Lincoln would likely put to use a 3.7-liter EcoBoost V6 pushing out 460 horsepower in top performance spec (rendered here). Power would be sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual, or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
60 mph would be managed somewhere between 4.7 and 5.0 seconds.
In performance alone, the Lincoln MK Coupe (in performance spec) would be in the same range as the Lexus RC F and BMW M4. Bother produce near 450 horsepower and both can reach 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds.
In order to succeed, the MK Coupe would need to undercut the $62,000 BMW M4. With a starting price of $59,000, the Lincoln coupe would leave just enough meat on the bone for someone comparing the two.
A less performance-oriented version of the MK Coupe could hypothetically have a starting price of $38,000-$40,000 with a less powerful V6, tamer exterior cues and fewer options.
In all, the idea of a Lincoln performance coupe is a tantalizing one. With a price that could undercut the M4 and other competitors, but performance that would keep still keep things interesting, we don’t see why this wouldn’t be a good idea.
C’mon Lincoln, you guys have nothing to lose.