Lincoln has a long way to go if it wants to be America’s best luxury brand—or even competitive, for that matter. With the introduction of the new Continental, it seems like it’s starting to get back on track. But what’s the next step for the American luxury marque?
If it were up to us, something with a bit more…pizzaz. Using the Mustang would be a great starting point for a luxury-oriented performance coupe, and thanks to our friends at Hansen Art, we’re able to visualize that luxed up Mustang for the Lincoln lineup.
Elegance Meets Muscle
Like the rest of the Lincoln lineup, the possible Mustang-based Coupe would keep those awfully pretty lines intact. The butterfly grille gets a sleeker makeover in line with its new two door persona, and the rear end uses Lincoln’s single light bar feature from one end to the other keeping the luxury side of things intact.
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 variant (think BMW 4 Series and M4).
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 automatic with paddle shifters, or maybe a manual—though, we wouldn’t hold our breath.
In order to succeed, this Lincoln coupe would need to undercut the $62,000 BMW M4 and $60,000 Cadillac ATS-V. With a starting price of $59,000, it would leave just enough meat on the bone for someone comparing and contrasting the two.
A less performance-oriented version of the Mustang-based 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, I don’t see why this wouldn’t be a good idea.