Lincoln LS

The Lincoln LS introduced a sporty new future for Lincoln. During its 2000 to 2006 production run, the midsize sport sedan was one of the Ford Motor Company’s rare entry-level luxury vehicles and the first Lincoln in many years to offer a manual transmission.

The LS made its debut in early 1999 as a replacement for the retiring Lincoln Mark VIII. With its rear drive configuration and available V-8 engine, the car was promoted as an American alternative to European premium sedans like the BMW 5 Series.

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Lincoln LS Origins

The four-door LS shared a build with the Ford Thunderbird and Jaguar S-Type. A nearly 50/50 weight distribution between the front and rear axles coupled with an all-aluminum, four-wheel independent suspension provided handling on par with more upscale sport sedans.

The model’s two trim levels, an LS V-6 and LS V-8, were named for the engines they possessed. While the 3.9-liter V-8 engine offered more power, the V-6 trim came with the advantage of an optional Getrag five-speed manual transmission. Both engines were available with a SelectShift five-speed automatic transmission.

About the Lincoln LS

The Lincoln LS was known for its sporty handling, powerful V-8 option, and affordable luxury features.

Upgrading to the LS V-8 in earlier models provided 252 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. The 3.0-liter V-6 base engine offered just 210 horsepower but could be paired with a manual transmission. All models featured rear drive and a European-style all-aluminum suspension. By 2006, the V-8 engine was boosted to 280 horsepower, and the V-6 base was eliminated.

When the Lincoln LS first debuted, it offered more luxury features than most other vehicles at its price point. Standard amenities included leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, an air filtration system, and a rear armrest with cup holders.

Additional amendments such as navigation and premium sound systems were available.

Lincoln LS Features

The final Lincoln LS was released for the 2006 model year.

By 2006, Lincoln had eliminated its V-6 base model. The 2006 Lincoln LS was available in a single V-8-fitted trim known as the LS V-8 Sport. The Sport featured a curved roofline, aerodynamic hood, updated wheels, a chrome grille, round fog lights, and a body-colored license plate frame. Its 3.9-liter V-8 engine produced 280 horsepower and 286 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic was the only transmission available.

Standard equipment on the 2006 Lincoln LS included 17-inch alloy wheels, alloy interior trim, leather seating, power adjustable front seats with driver memory settings, auto-dimming mirrors, a leather tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an 80-watt stereo system with in-dash CD player.

Standard safety features included four-wheel anti-lock brakes, dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, a rear center three-point belt, electronic brake force distribution, and dusk-sensing headlights.

A long list of optional upgrades included a sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, HID headlights, real walnut trim, premium leather, power adjustable pedals, stability control, and a DVD-based navigation system bundled with a premium sound system and six-disc CD changer.

The Lincoln LS featured a relatively roomy cabin that could seat up to five people. Drivers and front passengers received 40.5 inches of head room, 54.5 inches of hip room, and 42.8 inches of leg room, while rear seat passengers received 37.4 inches of head room, 54.7 inches of hip room, and 34.4 inches of leg room. Total interior volume was 115.6 cubic feet. With all seats in place, cargo capacity was 13.5 cubic feet.

Ten exterior colors and three interior color schemes were offered in 2006.

Lincoln LS Evolution

The 2000 Lincoln LS debuted with rear drive, an optional manual transmission and V-8 engine, and a sleek body style designed to compete with popular sport sedan makers like BMW and Mercedes Benz. The LS was originally offered in two trims. The LS V-6 came standard with a 3.0-liter 210-horsepower V-6 producing 205 lb-ft of torque and the option to upgrade to a five-speed manual transmission. The LS V-8 came with a 3.9-liter V-8 making 252 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque.

In 2001, traction control, a glow-in-the-dark owner’s manual, and child seat anchors were made standard. A new Sport package added unique chrome wheels, a special suspension system, and optional SportShift mode allowing drivers to change gears on the automatic transmission. An AdvanceTrac stability control option became available.

2003 brought a number of changes to the Lincoln LS. The output of the 3.9-liter V-8 was increased to 280 horsepower, while the V-6 engine picked up 12 horsepower.

New standard features included brake assist, side curtain airbags, power-adjustable pedals, new wheels, and one-touch power windows. Steering and gas mileage were improved slightly, and the manual transmission option was eliminated.

For 2004, Ford retuned the suspension and transmission, added satellite radio, and revised the trim levels to include the V-6 Premium, V-6 Luxury, V-8 Sport, and V-8 Ultimate. An optional appearance package added chrome wheels, a rear spoiler, and unique styling details. A more modern front fascia debuted in 2005.

Select a Lincoln LS Year

2006 Lincoln LS

Luxury, Sedan

The 2006 Lincoln LS features more advanced engineering and technology than the original Lincoln LS midsize sedan that debuted in 2000.

2005 Lincoln LS

Luxury, Sedan

When the Lincoln LS was first introduced, it was heralded as the domestic answer to premium midsize sedans from Europe’s luxury brands.

2004 Lincoln LS

Luxury, Sedan

The Lincoln LS classifies as a midsize, entry-level luxury sedan introduced for the 2000 model year replacing the Lincoln Continental or the Lincoln Mark VIII.

2003 Lincoln LS

Luxury, Sedan

2002 Lincoln LS

Luxury, Sedan

The 2002 Lincoln LS is at an interesting point in its development.

2001 Lincoln LS

Luxury, Sedan

The sporty 2001 Lincoln LS is a sedan that shares a rear-drive platform with the Jaguar S-Type.

2000 Lincoln LS

Luxury, Sedan

The 2000 Lincoln LS serves as a European-style midsize sedan that marks a rebirth for the brand.