The 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII approaches the dynamic between luxury vehicle and sports car and takes it from a different angle than most competitors. Rather than adding a larger engine to a luxury vehicle or premium features to a sports car, the Mark VIII gets designed from the ground up as a luxury sport coupe. As a luxury coupe, the Lincoln Mark VIII offers an excellent range of luxury features that recalls the Lincoln Town Car and Lincoln Continental to mind. The standard features list looks more robust than many luxury vehicles, although the options list remains shorter than those of many competitors. The Mark VIII offers a smooth, comfortable ride with numerous luxury features at the fingertips of the driver.
Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 4.6-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln Mark VIII, Lincoln Mark VIII LSC
The Lincoln Mark VIII LSC, introduced as a limited edition model, is not a full production model option for 1996. Eight new color options join the lineup.
The 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII classifies as a two-door coupe measuring 207.3 inches long, with a wheelbase of 113 inches. The Mark VIII looks unusually large for a coupe and larger than most sedans. The Mark VIII actually measures an inch longer than the Lincoln Continental sedan. Standard features include power heated mirrors, keyless entry, remote trunk release, and an anti-theft alarm system. Chrome wheels and a power moonroof remain available as options. High-intensity discharge front headlamps, cornering lamps, neon rear appliqué lighting, and puddle lamps give the Mark VIII far better lighting than most other vehicles.
Despite the performance focus, the Lincoln Mark VIII features a luxurious interior that actually offers more standard features than the Lincoln Continental. Power leather seats, cruise control, an overhead console, leather trim, automatic climate control, auto-dimming mirrors, JBL audio, and a CD player come standard. A CD changer, heated seats, a cassette player, and a cellular phone comprise the list of optional features. The interior features of the 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII and Continental do not completely overlap, so both vehicles have distinct interiors regardless of option selection.
Performance & Handling
The Lincoln Mark VIII comes equipped with the same 4.6-liter, eight-cylinder engine found in the Lincoln Continental. Despite this, the 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII has slightly faster acceleration and better handling than the already impressive Continental. While the Mark VIII does not quite offer the same acceleration or top speed as a true sports car, it easily outperforms most other vehicles. In addition, the performance of the Mark VIII does not suffer at normal driving speeds, a common issue with many high-performance vehicles.
The 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII has the same focus on safety as the rest of the Lincoln lineup. Dual front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and traction control come standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
Lincoln Mark VIII: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Powerful eight-cylinder engine
- Smooth ride
- Unusual focus on sport performance for a luxury vehicle
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