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Jacques Nasser, Ford's CEO in 1999, said that the 2000 Lincoln built the LS to compete with other premium carmakers globally, and he insisted that the new vehicle should be sporty.

But Nasser didn't stay long enough in that top position to push the LS on other markets since he had to resign in 2001. The car lived longer than him at Ford, but only for another five years. It was a sporty sedan built mostly for other markets, and it didn't feel at home in the U.S.

The German Helmuth Schrader led the design team, and they made, probably, the most European Lincoln ever. It featured dual headlamps covered under clear glass, with corner-mounted turn signals. The grille was wide and short, while the wrapped-around plastic bumper featured a lower grille with horizontal slats flanked by squared fog lights. From its sides, the cabin featured a raked-forward rear windscreen, which was unusual for a Lincoln. In the back, the carmaker extended the taillights over the trunk's lid.

But the non-Lincoln features continued inside, where the carmaker offered an option for a five-speed manual. It was something that Ford's premium brand didn't have in decades. But the rest of the cabin was a mix of best of two worlds. It offered a wide tachometer in the instrument panel, wood-veneers on the dashboard, center stack, and door panels, plus a pair of cup-holders for the front passengers. In the back, the LS offered enough room for two passengers, separated by a tall transmission tunnel.

Under the hood, Lincoln installed a choice of two engines: a 3.0-liter V-6 and a 4.0-liter V-8. The former was available with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic, while the latter was paired exclusively with a five-speed automatic.

LINCOLN LS 2000 - 2006 7 Photos
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LINCOLN LS 2000 - 2006
  3 gasoline engines
  • 3.0L V6 24V 5AT (235 HP)
  • 3.0L V6 5MT (223 HP)
  • 4.0L V8 5AT (256 HP)

LINCOLN LS 3.0L V6 24V 5AT (235 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.0L V6 24V 5AT (235 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2967 cm3
Power
172.8 KW @ 6750 RPM
235 HP @ 6750 RPM
232 BHP @ 6750 RPM
Torque
220 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
298 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection Naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18 gallons (68.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130 mph (209 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/60/R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
193.9 in (4925 mm)
Width
73.2 in (1859 mm)
Height
56.1 in (1425 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.5/60.8 in (1,537/1,544 mm)
Wheelbase
114.5 in (2908 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.8 in (122 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.4 cuFT (379 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3682 lbs (1670 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16.8 mpg US (14 L/100Km)
Highway
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)

LINCOLN LS 3.0L V6 5MT (223 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.0L V6 5MT (223 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2967 cm3
Power
164 KW @ 6400 RPM
223 HP @ 6400 RPM
220 BHP @ 6400 RPM
Torque
215 lb-ft @ 4750 RPM
292 Nm @ 4750 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18 gallons (68.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130.5 mph (210 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/60R 16
DIMENSIONS
Length
193.9 in (4925 mm)
Width
73.2 in (1859 mm)
Height
56.1 in (1425 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.5/60.8 in (1,537/1,544 mm)
Wheelbase
114.5 in (2908 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.8 in (122 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.5 cuFT (382 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3574.3 lbs (1621 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16.8 mpg US (14 L/100Km)
Highway
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)
Combined
23.8 mpg US (9.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
235 g/km

LINCOLN LS 4.0L V8 5AT (256 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.0L V8 5AT (256 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
3950 cm3
Power
188 KW @ 6100 RPM
256 HP @ 6100 RPM
252 BHP @ 6100 RPM
Torque
261 lb-ft @ 4300 RPM
354 Nm @ 4300 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18 gallons (68.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
136.7 mph (220 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/60R 16
DIMENSIONS
Length
193.9 in (4925 mm)
Width
73.2 in (1859 mm)
Height
56.1 in (1425 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.5/60.8 in (1,537/1,544 mm)
Wheelbase
114.5 in (2908 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.8 in (122 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.4 cuFT (379 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3700 lbs (1678 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
14.7 mpg US (16 L/100Km)
Highway
26.1 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
Combined
22.6 mpg US (10.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
247 g/km
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