twin-turbo direct injection
118.6 hp per liter
(from Ford Motor
Company Press Release)
Lincoln: The Lincoln MKR concept is a dynamic premium four-door
coupe that expresses Lincoln’s future design strategy.
The all-new TwinForce™ engine in the Lincoln MKR concept marks
the birth of an all-new engine family. The concept’s 3.5-liter
V-6 gasoline twin-turbo direct injection engine delivers 415
horsepower and 400 foot-pounds of torque – comparable to and
better than some V-8 engines. It also runs on E-85 ethanol in
the Lincoln MKR concept.
Materials including chrome-free leather and renewable resources
such as a reengineered oak instrument panel, mohair carpet and
soy seat foam provide the Lincoln MKR concept a premium look and
feel that’s also environmentally friendly.
DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 1,
2007 – Lincoln is pulling the wraps off a head-turning new concept
car at the North American International Auto Show next week,
signaling its design strategy for the next-generation of premium
American vehicles and launching a new engine family.
The Lincoln MKR concept introduces a new design language of “elegant
simplicity” on a four-door coupe that also features environmentally
friendly amenities and fuel-saving technology, including its
The concept’s 3.5-liter gasoline twin-turbocharged direct-injection
V-6 performs comparably or better than V-8 engines, delivering 415
horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque on renewable E-85 ethanol.
A New Era of Lincoln Design
The new design – created by a team led by Peter Horbury, executive
director, Design, The Americas – showcases the visual elements that
will influence a new generation of Lincoln products.
“We’ve reinterpreted the best of Lincoln designs over time,
preserving the restraint and elegance synonymous with the brand,”
says Horbury. “The Lincoln MKR concept is sophisticated and modern,
resembling an athlete – extremely strong and fit but looks elegant
in a tuxedo.
“This romantic, sporting coupe should turn heads at the show. And,
ultimately, this new design language will help lead us forward in
the growing premium segment.”
The Lincoln MKR concept features seven key exterior cues, which
define modern Lincoln design:
running parallel to the beltline
bow-wave, double-wing grille opening
taillamps that run from one side to the other
smoothly transitioning into the cantilevered roof, and
Three or four of these
design elements are likely to appear on future production Lincolns,
including the concept’s most dramatic feature: the double-wing
grille inspired by the 1941 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet. The split
grille is designed to resemble the bow of a boat cutting through the
water, giving the oversize Lincoln star a proper home on which to
The Lincoln MKR concept’s four doors and body side remain
characteristically clean. A button concealed in the chrome door trim
springs open the four ‘winged’ doors, slightly inclined for
additional sophistication and a touch of drama.
From the rear, the coupe concept is instantly recognizable as a
Lincoln, thanks to full-width LED taillamps stretching from side to
From above, this Lincoln proudly showcases its brand heritage with a
large structural Lincoln star that punctuates the glass roof
spanning the top of the car.
Modern, ‘Guilt-free’ Luxury
Inside, the Lincoln MKR
concept defines a new direction for modern luxury, with ambient
lighting and contrasting colors and materials that offer both a new
look and philosophy for future Lincoln interiors.
“The concept’s interior builds on the success of earlier Lincolns
but stretches the boundaries even further,” said Gordon Platto,
chief designer of the Lincoln MKR concept. “This unique combination
of materials gives the Lincoln MKR a rich interior but features the
environmentally friendly amenities that luxury buyers expect in
premium goods, including vehicles.”
A black oak instrument panel engineered from recycled wood stretches
from side to side and carries through to a twin-level floating
center console that extends into the rear of the cabin.
This expansive ‘T-shaped’ panel houses the passenger information
display system seamlessly disguised by the flush touch screen
control surfaces and a navigation screen that can be concealed by a
The instrument cluster provides a jewelry-like focal point.
Chrome-trimmed gauges illuminated with Ice Blue lighting can be
easily viewed in harmony with the concave spoke steering wheel that
includes retractable paddle shifters.
“Lighting is an important design element,” Platto said. “We know
customers are paying more attention to the lighting in their homes
than ever before, and we wanted to leverage it to create even more
ambiance and drama inside the concept.”
Ice Blue lighting is carried throughout the high-contrast interior,
emitting from the door panels, mohair-carpeted foot wells, seats,
center console and perhaps most dramatically from the large Lincoln
star above which is easily viewed from each of the Lincoln MKR
concept’s four seats.
Each soy-foam based seat stands alone, looking as if suspended in
air, wrapped in a creamy cashmere leather made through a more
environmentally friendly chromium-free process. Seatbacks are
finished with high-gloss, ceramic-looking shells.
The concept also features the THX II Certified Car Audio System,
Lincoln’s signature audio system, which produces sound quality
comparable to home theater systems.
Innovative TwinForce™ Powertrain
Under the Lincoln MKR’s
sculpted hood is the exquisitely detailed TwinForce engine, finished
in chrome and accented in the cranberry red metallic paint that
dresses the rest of the modern exterior.
This marks the birth of the new TwinForce engine family that will
power production versions of a range of future Ford and Lincoln
TwinForce uses direct injection technology and turbocharging. These
technologies are common in diesel engines but have only recently
been combined together in gasoline engines.
The Lincoln MKR’s engine also is flex fuel capable, providing the
driver with the flexibility to switch back and forth between
gasoline and E-85 ethanol. Combining the high octane found in E-85
or premium gasoline with TwinForce technology allows the MKR’s V-6
to deliver 415 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque – an
impressive 118 horsepower per liter.
To achieve this type of performance from a V-8 would require an
engine displacement of 6.0-liter or larger, nearly double the size
of the 3.5-liter in the Lincoln MKR. As a result of the smaller V-6,
the Lincoln MKR concept delivers 15 percent better fuel economy than
a V-8 with similar performance.
The concept’s engine is mated to a six-speed transmission, and the
concept features independent rear suspension for more refined road
The car sits on 21-inch chrome aluminum wheels fitted with unique
Michelin tires that feature the Lincoln star in its treads.
“The Lincoln MKR concept is important because it marks a new era for
the brand,” Horbury said. “This is a showcase of modern design that
marries power, performance and, essentially, ‘guilt-free’ luxury.”
Lincoln MKR Concept Specifications
3.5-liter V-6 TwinForce engine
Overall length .......................195.7 in.
Wheelbase .............................112.9 in.
Overall width ..........................75.4 in.
Overall height at curb ..............52.7 in.
Front .......................................63.7 in.
Rear ........................................63.8 in.
Brembo power 4-wheel disc with ABS and traction control Suspension
Front ............ MacPherson Struts and rear-facing L-shaped lower
control arm and stabilizer bar
Rear .............Independent Rear Suspension
Front .......................................37.8 in.
Second Row ............................36.9 in.
Front .......................................42.7 in.
Second Row ............................33.7 in.
Luggage capacity ..............13.0 cu. ft.
The Lincoln MKR concept
was developed by the following team members, led by J Mays, group
vice president – Design, and chief creative officer:
Peter Horbury, executive director – Design, The Americas
Patrick Schiavone, director – Design, Truck (formerly responsible
for developing NA cars)
Gordon Platto, chief designer
Dave Mahoney, exterior design manager
Xitij Mistry, exterior designer
Soo Kang, interior design manager
Jason Baldas, interior designer
James Kuo, interior designer
Jennifer Hewlett, Color and Materials designer
Andy Fulford, project manager
Ford Motor Company
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