Lincoln Silently Rolled Out a Full-On Sports Sedan in LA

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New 2017 Lincoln MKZ

I’ve driven all of the new Lincolns that are currently on sale. They are all good vehicles, and represent a good value for the consumer. But none of them I’d consider particularly sporty, including the Fusion-based MKZ. Sure, it drives sporty the way the Fusion drives sporty, but even with the all-wheel drive and continuously-controlled dampers, there’s something missing.

At the 2015 LA Auto Show, Lincoln showed off the newly refreshed MKZ, with a stylish new look that eschews the double grille of the past, and also has a new engine for the top-spec models. The 3.0L EcoBoost V6, exclusive to Lincoln, is the same engine that will power the new Continental and make 400 horsepower.

New 2017 Lincoln MKZ

While certainly not a M3-fighter, the new MKZ has a sports package for the all-wheel drive version and the 3.0L EcoBoost that has us interested. Sure, it has the normal sporty bits, including different interior treatments and not as bling-y of a front grille, but there’s also revised suspension calibration and better tires. But for the first time on the MKZ, and something we’re honestly a bit surprised to so, is dynamic torque vectoring.

We don’t know much about the new system, and whether or not it’s part of a new all-wheel drive system derived from the Ford Focus RS’s. But regardless, it seems like Lincoln is making a concerted effort to make the new MKZ more of a driver’s car. We’ll reserve final judgement until we drive it, but we like that Lincoln is making the effort.

What do you think? Let us know over in the forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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