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Introduced for the 1993 model year, the completely new Lincoln Mark VIII was a large, rear-wheel drive grand touring luxury coupe that was the successor to the Mark VII. The Mark VIII was built at Ford's Wixom, Michigan assembly plant and was based on the FN10 platform, a relative of the MN12 platform which underpinned the 1989-1997 Ford Thunderbird and Mercury Cougar. The Mark VIII was a larger car than its predecessor, the Mark VII, being about five inches longer at 207.3 inches and nearly four inches wider at 74.8 inches. The car also had a wheelbase of 113.0 inches, over four inches longer than the Mark VII's, which afforded greater interior space and ride quality. In spite of its larger overall size, the Mark VIII's base curb weight was slightly lighter than the Mark VII at a little over 3750lbs. The Mark VIII was also more shapely and aerodynamic than its predecessor having smoother contours and curves across the length of its body with subtle uses of chrome accents. Reflecting its exterior design, the Mark VIII's interior featured sweeping curves in its panels and dashboard surfaces. Instrumentation and controls were arranged around the driver for maximum convenience, emphasizing the Mark VIII's overall design as a personal luxury car.
The Mark VIII offered an impressive list of mechanical features, many of which were new or improved over the car's predecessor. Like the Mark VII, the Mark VIII featured a unibody construction for structural rigidity, providing optimum driving dynamics and occupant safety. Enhancing occupant safety in particular was a high-strength roof capable of withstanding 5000lbs of pressure, heavy-gauge steel door beams to protect against side impacts, and front and rear crumple zones. Supplementing the car's safety further were standard dual front-side airbags. Four wheel anti-lock disc brakes continued to be standard, as they were in later models of the Mark VII. Like the similar Thunderbird and Cougar, the Mark VIII featured a short-long arm (SLA) four-wheel independent suspension which offered a combination of great handling and ride quality. Enhancing the suspension further were front and rear stabilizer bars and a standard computer-controlled air suspension which used sensors to automatically adjust the ride height of the car to reduce its coefficient of drag at higher speeds. Powering the Mark VIII was an all-new, all-aluminum 4.6L DOHC 32-valve V8. The engine was the first of its kind in Ford's Modular engine family. The 4.6L V8 produced 280hp (209kW) @ 5500rpm and 285lb·ft (386N·m) of torque @ 4500rpm and required premium grade 91-octane fuel for optimum performance. Handling the V8's power was an all-new 4R70W 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The Mark VIII's rear axle ratio was 3.07:1. The Mark VIII also featured standard chrome dual exhaust tips and 16-inch cast aluminum wheels.
Accompanying the Mark VIII's impressive mechanical features was a host of luxury and convenience features. Standard were things such as a 140-mph speedometer, an electronic message center (which provided things such as the time, a compass, fuel efficiency, engine oil life, engine coolant temperature, and various other vehicle-related warnings and information), automatic climate control, cruise control, leather seating surfaces, six-way power driver and passenger seats with power lumbar supports, a three position memory for the power driver's seat, power door locks, heated power mirrors, power windows with a driver's side express-down feature, illuminated keyless entry with remote, automatic headlamps, an AM/ FM stereo-cassette radio, and an automatic power antenna. Some of the options the Mark VIII offered were a power moonroof, electrochromic automatic dimming mirrors (which filtered out headlight glare from other vehicles behind the Mark VIII), an AM/ FM stereo-CD player, a 10-disc CD changer, and a JBL speaker system.
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