The 2000 Lincoln LS, which went on sale June 1, is being billed as a luxury sport sedan for driving enthusiasts ages 30 to 50.
The new car, which features an independent suspension and rear-wheel drive, starts at $31,450, including destination.
Buyers can choose a conventional automatic transmission, a five-speed Getrag manual gearbox - Lincoln's first such offering since the 1951 Cosmopolitan - or SelectShift, Ford's first transmission that can be operated in automatic and manual modes.
The LS is available with an aluminum, multivalve, double-overhead-cam, 3.9-liter V-8 and a 3.0-liter V-6 - an upgraded version of Ford's Duratec engine. Traction control is standard with the V-8 and optional with the V-6 automatic.
Except for the wheels, Ford Motor Co. did not add any exterior cues to distinguish the V-6 model from the V-8.
The LS also features Advance-Trac, a yaw control system. During high-speed turns, the computer monitors the car's wheel speed and lateral acceleration to determine whether it might spin out. To prevent oversteer or understeer, the computer can apply the brake to one or more wheels. The LS is the first Ford with that safety device.
'Theater seating,' which raises the rear seat 1.5 inches higher than the front seat, gives rear passengers a better view. Despite the raised position, Ford says the car has an impressive 37.5 inches of rear headroom.