Lincoln has not put as much styling and time into the Mark VIII as some of its other models, and it is easy to see that this dolphin-shaped sedan sports a lot of power under the hood but lacks on interior and exterior details. Overall, it still provides the luxurious and comfortable ride expected from Lincoln, but it lacks in the smoothed out design likely to suit a larger demographic.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln Mark VIII, Lincoln Mark VIII LSC
The Lincoln Mark VIII was last updated in 1994, and this year's model has no significant changes despite somewhat out-of-date styling.
The 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII still has the same exterior design as the 1994 model, and the rounded façade gives the Mark VIII a dolphin-like shape. The rear tire hump and overuse of chrome are also unattractive features. Color options include ivory pearlescent, bright toreador red, medium charcoal green, midnight grey, and silver frost. Other exterior features include 16-inch alloy wheels, auto-dim exterior mirrors, and tinted glass. Exterior options include special factory paint, power moonroof, and chrome wheels. Overall, the exterior design lacks any real direction and is stuck somewhere between a luxury sedan and a sports sedan.
The 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII's interior is about as strange in design as the exterior, and it might be compared to an old-fashioned futuristic look. Standard interior features include bucket seats, powered seats, steering, and brakes. Other interior features include JBL audio, AM/FM/Cassette audio system, cruise control, automatic climate control, and leather seating. Optional interior features include compact disc changer, heated front seats, powered moonroof, and cellular phone. The interior is luxurious, but it is also a bit overdesigned.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII has a redeeming quality that is the incredible performance and handling. The 280-hp 4.6-liter V-8 engine makes 285 lb-ft of torque, accelerates quickly, and gives the Mark VIII a towing capacity of 2000 pounds. The Mark VIII has a turning radius of 37.2 feet. The self-leveling suspension makes for a smooth ride.
The 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII comes standard with a few safety features. These features include a four-wheel anti-lock brake system, an anti-theft system, driver side and passenger side air bags, and traction control. Unfortunately, there have been no extensive crash tests on the Mark VIII, but overall, this sedan has a record of being reliable and well built.
EPA Fuel Economy
Lincoln Mark VIII: 17/26 mpg city/highway
- V-8 engine
- Great audio system
- Luxury features
You Won't Like
- Unattractive styling
- Mediocre gas mileage
- Fake wood trim
Dolphin-like styling with futuristic interior.
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