2017 Lincoln MKZ: Omertá

Back in the day, when mobsters were actually respectable human beings and not what ever you want to call Young Thug, men like Al Capone, Carlo Gambino, John Gotti, ruled the streets of the major metropolitan hubs of today. These men often kept not only automobiles from Ferrari, Porsche, and Mercedes in their fleets, but more often than not, they rolled around in big, American sedans. I’m talking about Caddies, Chryslers, and Lincolns. As a result, these cars became heavily associated with the luxury, aggression, and power.

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Unfortunately, as these mobsters were slowly picked off by the American Justice System, so was the reputation that these cars had accumulated. Cadillac’s went from being the pinnacle of luxury and excess, to grandma’s whip. Chryslers became minivans. And Lincolns went from a sign of an extortion ring, to a sign of a moderate-paying position at Kinkos.

Now Cadillac and Chrysler realized this trend, and decided to try and use the image that their cars once held as a sales tactic. Cadillac created cars like the CTS-V, and Chrysler bestowed upon us the 300C SRT. Both of these cars are immensely powerful, hopped up versions of relatively mundane vehicles. Yes, they are very nice cars, but I wouldn’t say they have much gangster presence as say a Coupé DeVille or Newport.

Lincoln, up until earlier this year, hadn’t really made an attempt tap into its once gangster image. Before the 2015 New York Auto, the name Lincoln usually invoked images of tax returns, and plain vanilla ice-cream. Not necessarily bad things, but not something that I would want to live with daily. At the New York Auto Show earlier this year, Lincoln pretty much stole the show with their Continental Concept. This car was the epitome of gangster; with it’s chrome body accents, leather and suede upholstery, and overall badass shape.

I ask a Lincoln rep at the show whether they had any plans of putting this car into production, given the response that the Continental Concept was a proof of concept. I was told that a lot of what I was seeing would be incorporated into future Lincolns. And with that, my interest in Lincoln spiked and I waited eagerly for 8-months to see what Lincoln had in store.

Today, at the 2015 LA Auto Show, Lincoln took the covers off the new MKZ. This is the first car modeled off the Continental Concept, and I must say I am pleased.

Starting with the exterior design, this car is gorgeous. Yes, it’s not eat face off like the CTS-V or “You talkin’ to me?” like the 300 STR8. Instead, the new MKZ has a face that gives you the impression that the there is some “offer you can’t you refuse” in play. The lines are subtle, but form a very eye catching shape. The chrome grill that I loved OhSoMuch from the Continental Concept is here in all it’s glory. And the turbine inspired wheels provide just the right amount of athleticism, without looking too sporty. Think of a pair of Ferragamo loafers compared to Yeezy Boost 350.

Hop inside the MKZ, and it becomes quite clear that you’re in something special. Everything is covered in leather, both quilted and plain, as well as wood and metal. The seats look to be well stuffed and supportive. And in case “The Boss” want’s something different, Lincoln will come to him to create a personal interior.

The new MKZ is also the wise guy of tech. Pretty much everything that is available for other luxury brands is available in the MKZ. This includes internet connectivity, advance smartphone integration, and a Revel premium audio system. As far as driving assistance is concerned, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, auto parking, and pedestrian detection are all available. The later can be disabled incase some “persuading” needs to be done.

Mechanically speaking, the MKZ is stays strapped with quite a lot of firepower. Under the hood is a twin-turbo charged 3.0l GTDI V6, producing 400hp and 400 lb/ft of torque. All the power is sent to all four wheels, and to help with cornering a dynamic torque vectoring system is available. Once again, this is a Lincoln.

Though pricing would be of little concern to a mobster, it has yet to be announced. The new Lincoln MKZ goes on sale next Summer. I can, for the first time in my life, say that I am excited for a Lincoln.

Did I mention this is a Lincoln?