2006 Lincoln Mark LT
Mike Magda, EditorPosted:
01-10-05 10:10 PT
Luxury automaker Lincoln
drew attention to its new 2006 LT pickup by appealing to the same audience
that may consider a Ford Harley-Davidson model.
The Teutuls from Orange
County Choppers unveiled a one-of-a-kind custom Harley that was inspired
by the Mark LT pickup during ceremonies at the North American International
Auto Show. Paul Sr. rode the 9-foot-long chopper on to the stage with
the 131-horsepower engine’s open pipes providing the background
“I was amazed
to see their interpretation of Lincoln luxury and the Mark LT,”
said John Fitzpatrick, general manager of Lincoln-Mercury. “The
bike turned out really great.”
not the tie-in with OCC will benefit the new Mark LT has yet to be seen.
The truck is supposed to be a key part of Lincoln’s plan to broaden
the showroom and build growth. Analysts believe Lincoln is backing away
from a position of being a luxury automaker and striving to be a “near
luxury” brand. That means the company no longer wishes to compete
with Mercedes-Benz or Cadillac but would rather challenge GMC, at least
with its new pickup.
The Mark LT should
help Lincoln recover from the Blackwood disaster. Pickup truck faithful
will remember the Blackwood as being a daring expression of luxury with
its carpeted, stainless-steel-trimmed bed that was small and hardly useful
for carrying anything other than golf clubs. But the Blackwood did try
to offer a plush ride with an air suspension while claiming to tow over
8000 pounds. While there were plenty of conspicuous consumers who lusted
for $10,000 watches, no one wanted a $50,000 pickup and Blackwood quickly
was dropped from Lincoln’s future plans.
sensible, the Mark LT is based on the F-150 Super Crew. Generous chrome
accents and a signature waterfall Lincoln grille enhance the exterior.
Wide taillamps and thick-spoke, 18-inch wheels also distinguish the truck
from the Ford line. While the Blackwood came in only black, Lincoln will
offer contemporary colors. The interior will feature Ebony wood, Nudo
leather and plenty of high-end electronic features. Power comes from a
300-horsepower 5.4-liter engine backed by a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The Mark LT will be available in both 4x4 and 4x2 models. Max towing capacity
is 8900 pounds and max payload is 1620 pounds.
The Mark LT will go
on sale in the spring with a starting price of $39,995.
LT chopper will not be for sale but rather will be displayed at numerous
auto shows throughout the country. The bike features a 21x3.5 front tire
and huge 18x10.5 rubber in the rear that was supposed to provide a truck-like
stance. The gas tank, air cleaner, handlebars and oil tank were inspired
by the Lincoln grille. The dark toreador red metallic paint, light parchment
leather seat, chrome accents and Lincoln badges came directly from the
LT parts bin.
“When designing the bike I wanted to give it a substantial stance
to match the truck. So I went with a wide tank and lowered it by inverting
the front end,” said Paul Teutul, Jr. “I really liked the
grille and chrome accents so you can see how we carried that theme throughout
the bike. The paint color with the chrome really worked great together.”
The bike also has
chrome rims that feature a patented “friction drive” system
that tumbles three embedded Lincoln star logs in each wheel as they turn.
The engine is 2150cc that pumps out 141 lb-ft of torque and is backed
by a 6-speed manual transmission.
“We were excited
when we partnered with Lincoln on this project bike,” said Teutul.
“I can honestly say that this is probably the classiest looking
bike we’ve built at OCC.”
LT chopper will be featured on an upcoming episode of “American
Chopper” on the Discovery Channel.