The Lincoln LS is a four-door passenger luxury sedan manufactured by Lincoln, a luxury division of Ford Motor Company. The model was released in 1999 as a 2000 model year with V8 and V6 engines.
History of Lincoln LS
The abbreviation LS refers to the English word "Luxury Sport." The sedan was initially presented in 1999 as a 2000 model year automobile and was a successor for the Lincoln Mark VIII, which had been phased out of production. In 1999, Jacques Nasser, Ford's CEO, stated that the company designed the LS to rival other premium car manufacturers worldwide and that the brand new car should be sporty. Lincoln manufactured the automobile between the years 2000 and 2006. They used the DEW98 platform to create the Lincoln LS. Engineers from major firms like Ford and Jaguar collaborated to create this platform. The company created Ford Thunderbird and Jaguar S-Type using the DEW98 as a platform. Because Lexus automobile names are so similar, the original LS model was renamed "LS V6" and "LS V8" to prevent misunderstanding with the original LS model. It's become normal practice to use "LS" as a name. Throughout the last 10 years, the LS model was the first automobile to provide a manual transmission as an option. With its V8 engine, 50/50 weight distribution, and rear-wheel drive, the Lincoln LS became a popular option to the period's Japanese and European sports sedans. Motor Trend awarded the LS as the Car of the Year in 2022, and it was also nominated for North American Car of the Year. Lincoln released the LSE (Limited Special Edition) package in 2002 in both V6 and V8 variants. In 2003, the LS was given a makeover with Lincoln's new "Travel Well" advertising campaign. The LS received an exterior design for 2006 identical to the LSE fascia trim from prior model years.
Lincoln sold the 2004 LS with an MSRP of $39,285 ($59,003 for 2022).
German Helmuth Schrader commanded the design team, and they produced the most European Lincoln ever. It had twin headlights with clear glass covers and turn signals located on the corners. The grille was broad and short, with a deeper grille with horizontal slats bordered by squared fog lights on the wrapped-around plastic front. The interior had a raked-forward rear windscreen from the sides, unique for a Lincoln. The automaker stretched the taillights over the trunk lid in the rear. The non-Lincoln elements extended inside, where the company gave a five-speed manual transmission as an option. It was the first time that Ford's luxury brand had something like this in decades. The remainder of the interior, on the other hand, was a combination of the best possible result.
The instrument cluster had a large tachometer, wood veneers on the door panels, center stack, dashboard, and a couple of cup holders for the front passengers. The LS had sufficient capacity for two passengers in the back, divided by a large transmission tunnel.
Lincoln LS V8
The Lincoln LS V8 engine delivers 280 hp (209 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 286 lb-ft (388 Nm) at 4,000 rpm of torque. The LS V8 has a top speed of 130 mph (209 kph) and a curb weight of 3,692 lbs (1,675 kg). Lincoln sold the LS V8 as a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) powered by a 3.9L Jaguar AJ-V8 engine.
Lincoln sold the LS in 1999 as the company's first rear-wheel-drive sport luxury sedan as a 2000 model year and ended the production on April 3, 2006.