Lincoln MKZ is a 400bhp Mondeo

In the UK, we most readily associate American marque Lincoln with massive, gaudy stretch limos. The sort of thing you see hen parties piling out of on a Saturday night.

But Lincoln’s stock-in-trade is actually rebodied, luxed-up Fords. It’s best-seller, the Lincoln MKZ, is based on the same platform as the Mondeo – sold in the US as the Fusion. Although calling the MKZ ‘the best-selling Lincoln’ isn’t actually saying that much. The brand has been struggling quite badly of late, with unclear marketing and products too similar to their Ford-badged cousins.

Lincoln is hoping the refreshed MKZ, unveiled at the LA Motor Show, will go some way to changing its fortunes. The styling has been fettled, most notably with a new grille that will be seen on all subsequent Lincolns, tidied up interior and new trim packages.

But we don’t care about that. No, much more important is that Lincoln has added a new engine to the MKZ: a 3.0-litre, twin-turbo V6, producing 400bhp and 400lb/ft of torque with all-wheel-drive (the front-wheel-drive version makes 350bhp).

Lincoln hasn’t issued performance figures, but we expect a 0-60mph sprint in the mid to high four-second range. Top speed will probably be limited to 150mph or so.

Pleasingly, the MKZ will available with a Driver’s Package that adds the deeply clever torque vectoring rear differential from the boisterous Focus RS and adaptive dampers. Though, sadly, it seems not the Focus’s drift mode.

“This is all very interesting, but it’s not available on this side of the Atlantic, so big whup,” you’re probably thinking. But how’s this for a thought? We’ve already established the MKZ uses the same chassis as the Mondeo, so it stands to reason that its engine and running gear will fit into a Mondeo body. See where I’m going with this?

What we have here is the recipe for a Mondeo RS. And it has to happen. Immediately.

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By Only Motors

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