Facts About The Lincoln
Lincoln Mark VIII Highlights:
Lincoln launched the Mark VIII after
the 1993 season began to replace the aging Mark VII. Rear-wheel
drive was retained, but a new V8 engine was installed along with
standard driver- and passenger-side airbags. When compared to the
Mark VII, the Mark VIII rode on a 4.5-inch longer wheelbase and
measured 4.1 inches longer overall. Under the hood sat a twin-cam,
all-aluminum 4.6-liter V8. The only available transmission was a
4-speed automatic with electronic shift control. Handling features
included an all-independent electronically controlled air-spring
suspension, antilock brakes, and speed-sensitive power steering.
1994 Lincoln Mark VIII: Changes for 1994 include the
addition of wood trim to the center console, plus a remote keyless
entry that recalls the settings for both the power driver's seat
and the power outside mirrors.
1995 Lincoln Mark VIII: Among the additions to the 1995
Mark VIII are a redesigned instrument panel, complete with a new
stereo. Arriving in midyear is the 290-horsepower LSC version, with
a firmer suspension, new alloy wheels, perforated leather
upholstery, a monochrome exterior, and high-intensity-discharge
1996 Lincoln Mark VIII: A special Diamond Anniversary
Edition model highlights the changes for the '98 model year.
1997 Lincoln Mark VIII: Bolder in appearance, the '97 model
came with a more-rounded "power dome" hood, with subtle
character lines to highlight the larger, more-aggressive chrome
grille. The rear had a revised full-width neon light bar, while the
industry's first "puddle lamps" cast a glow on the ground
from their position on the bottom edge of the sideview mirrors.
Suspension changes included the addition of firmer shocks, larger
stabilizer bars, and standard all-speed traction control.
1998 Lincoln Mark VIII: Mark VIII saw no changes for
1998. During the season Ford announced that the Mark VIII would be
dropped for '99.
Production figures of entire Mark
1993 - 32,370
1994 - 28,164
1995 - 20,782
1996 - 13,625
1997 - 16,805
1998 - 14,357
VIII's Built: 126,103
Some More Intresting Facts On The
1st Generation (1993-1996):
The Mark VIII was a large
luxurious coupe from Lincoln, sold between 1993 and 1998. The Mark
VIII was assembled at Ford's Wixom,Michigan assembly plant and was
based on the FN10 platform. The Mark VIII was available in two
models: the standard Mark VIII and the LSC. The 1995 LSC model
received a powertrain calibrated for an additional 10 hp,with true
dual exhaust systems, and higher (3.27) gearing for better
The LSC also featured unique body
colors, distinct LSC badging on the trunk, and perforated leather
seat inserts, along with LSC scripted floormats. The bright chrome
inserts normally found in the body-side moulding and bumper on the
Mark VIII were replaced with monochrome body color inserts on the
LSC. The 4.6L 4-valve DOHC V8 engine was an all-aluminum variation
on Ford's modular Intech engine, in all model years. The late-1995
and 1996 LSC models were the first cars from any automaker to be
equipped with Direct Current HID headlights.
All other manufacturers that offered HID headlights at the time
used an Alternating Current HID system.
In 1997, the Lincoln Mark VIII
received a significant facelift, with a smoother, more rounded
front and rear facia, and a larger grille. HID headlamps became
standard, placed in larger housings. Lincoln incorporated an
innovative neon brake light across the entire rear decklid. The
side mirrors came with the industry's first "Puddle
Lamps". The lamps cast a glow on the ground when the doors
were opened, so the driver and passengers could see when entering
or exiting the car. The side view mirror housings also incorporated
flashing LED turn signal
lamps to warn other drivers of an intended lane change/turn. The
interior included "Theater Lighting", which softly
illuminated the driver's controls and handles. The exterior had a
more rounded "Power Dome" on the hood, and the trunk had
less definition to the famous "spare tire hump"
associated with the previous Mark series. The grill was bigger and
bolder. Optional 16" chrome "Octastar" wheels looked
like solid chrome, yet were very light.
The DOHC 32-valve 4.6L V8, rated
at 280 hp, came with a distributorless coil-on-plug ignition
system, eliminating the use of high voltage spark plug wires. Some
of the transmission internal parts were reinforced in the late 1997
models and all 1998 models. LSC models had firmer shocks and larger
anti-roll stabilizer bars, for better handling and control, a lower
gear ratio and true dual exhaust giving a 10 hp boost taking it to
290 hp. All-speed traction control was standard, and included a
button in the center console to de-activate it when desired. On
Mark VIII's with the Heated Seats option, the Traction Control was
turned off via the onboard systems status computer.
Towards the end of Mark VIII
production, Lincoln offered 2 personalized "specialty"
models: the Spring Feature and the Collector's Edition. The era of large American personal luxury coupes
neared an end in the late 1990's, and the Mark VIII was retired
during the 1998 model year. It was replaced with the Lincoln Ls
personal luxury sedan. In 2003-2004, Lincoln showed some concept
coupes based on the 2002-2005 Ford ThunderBird, including the
Lincoln MK9 and Lincoln Mark X, but these never saw production, as
the Thunderbird was cancelled after a 4-year run.