Lincoln Mark VIII

The Lincoln Mark VIII debuted in 1993 as a sportier replacement for the outgoing Mark VII. The Mark VIII represents the last generation in Lincoln’s long-lived series of Mark luxury cars.

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Lincoln Mark VIII Origins

Like its predecessor, the rear drive Lincoln Mark VIII is a full-size touring coupe featuring a spacious five-seat interior and a powerful V-8 engine. The Mark VIII boasts a more athletic design and better handling than previous Mark versions thanks to a new body design based on the Ford Thunderbird. The addition of a self-leveling suspension was also able to automatically lower the car at high speeds.

All Lincoln Mark VIII models are powered by a 4.6-liter 280-horsepower V-8 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The two-door coupe is EPA-rated at 18/25 mpg city/highway.

Ford ceased production of the Lincoln Mark VIII after the 1998 model year.

About the Lincoln Mark VIII

The Lincoln Mark VIII is known as a comfortable luxury car with quick acceleration and a spacious interior.

At more than 200 inches long, the Mark VIII is one of the largest coupes in its class and features a distinctively long front and rear overhang.

While the Mark VIII may not offer the high-end details of some European luxury coupes, it does boast attractive features such as a faux wood center console and chrome dual-exhaust tips. Notable conveniences include leather upholstery, HID headlamps, and a tilt steering wheel.

Similar vehicles include the Cadillac Eldorado, Mercedes-Benz CLK, and the Volvo C70.

Lincoln Mark VIII Features

The last Lincoln Mark VIII was produced in 1998.

Like previous models, the 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII is powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 dual overhead cam (DOC) engine capable of 280 horsepower and 285 lb-ft of torque. The engine is coupled with a four-speed automatic transmission.

The Mark VIII is available as a base coupe or in the more luxurious LSC trim. The 1998 model features new wraparound HID headlamps and neon taillights.

Standard features on the base 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII include 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome trim and moldings, leather seating, automatic climate control, power-heated mirrors, HID headlamps, neon taillights, a rear window defroster, a power driver’s seat with memory settings, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with leather trim, auto-dim mirrors, keyless entry, and a cassette player.

Standard safety equipment includes four-wheel anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger front airbags, traction control, and an anti-theft alarm.

Buyers were able to upgrade to a number of individual options, including chrome wheels, a power sunroof, heated front seats, a CD changer, a universal garage door opener, a cell phone, and distinctive factory paint.

The Lincoln Mark VIII LSC features modifications that push engine output to 290 horsepower. Other distinguishing features include larger front and rear anti-roll bars and body-colored trim in place of the base model’s standard chrome trim.

The Lincoln Mark VIII is a large coupe measuring 207 inches in length and nearly 75 inches in width. It has a 113-inch wheelbase and a ground clearance of 6.4 inches. The Mark VIII’s roomy interior offers front passengers 38 inches of headroom, 42.6 inches of legroom, 55.6 inches of hiproom, and 59.2 inches of shoulder room. Rear passengers receive 37.5 inches of headroom, 35.7 inches of legroom, 56.7 inches of hiproom, and 59.5 inches of shoulder room. The cargo area provides 14.4 cubic feet of space.

The 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII is available in seven exterior colors and four interior color palettes.

Lincoln Mark VIII Evolution

The Lincoln Mark VIII replaced the previous Lincoln Mark VII in 1993. The newer Mark shares a body with Ford Thunderbirds of the same year and replaces the previous Mark model’s 5.0-liter 225-hp V-8 engine with a smaller yet more powerful twin-cam 4.6-liter 280-hp V-8.

In 1994, Lincoln added memory settings for exterior mirrors and the option of chrome wheels.

In 1995, Lincoln added a second trim to the Mark VIII lineup. The limited-edition LSC, which stands for Luxury Sport Coupe, trim level comes standard with a V-8 engine, offering 10 additional horsepower, a firmer suspension, HID headlamps, alloy wheels, and perforated leather seats. The LSC is distinguishable by its body-colored trim, as opposed to the base version’s chrome trim. All 1995 Mark VIII models feature a redesigned instrument panel and an accessory power feature, which allows passengers to power the windows for a portion of time after turning off the engine.

The LSC became a permanent part of the lineup in 1996. Changes from the previous year were carried over, with the addition of borderless floor mats, a rear seat center armrest, eight new exterior color choices, and the option of a new touring package that added a sunroof, JBL audio system, and traction control.

Also in 1996, Lincoln introduced a 75th Diamond Anniversary Edition in honor of the brand’s birthday. The limited model features unique diamond logos and two exclusive colors: Silver Frost Metallic and Cordovan Metallic.

The Lincoln Mark VIII received its final facelift in 1997 with new standard wraparound headlamps, neon taillights, cornering lights, and puddle lamps. Lincoln made slight revisions to the car’s grille, hood, and interior.

Changes made in 1997 were carried over for the 1998 model.

Select a Lincoln Mark VIII Year

1998 Lincoln Mark VIII

Coupe, Luxury

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.

1997 Lincoln Mark VIII

Coupe, Luxury

The 1997 Lincoln Mark VIII approaches the dynamic between luxury vehicle and sports car from a different angle than most of the competition.

1996 Lincoln Mark VIII

Coupe, Luxury

The 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII approaches the dynamic between luxury vehicle and sports car and takes it from a different angle than most competitors.

1995 Lincoln Mark VIII

Coupe, Luxury

The Lincoln Mark VIII, produced from 1993 to 1998, is a large touring coupe with a sturdy unibody construction and lots of luxury.