Don't get me wrong, I love the Mustang for what it is, a fun sporty coupe or convertible with raw power and retro styling. It knocked the wind out of me when I first saw it. I have shared my intention of buying one (when funds allow) here before, so my issue is not with the stang.
Although it's solid rear axle will be a hard hurdle to overcome when compared to foreign competition. Even though Mustang handling and ride comfort is fine, an IRS would make a Lincoln Coupe an easier sell.
But if Lincoln is going to build a rear wheel drive coupe and hope to compete with the likes of Lexus, Infinity and laughably BMW and Mercedes, shouldn't they use the LS platform? I mean, it already has the IRS that a Lincoln would need to compete. If you go to Jeff Fisher's web site, you can see that he's extensively compared the Mustang and LS chassis and explains the major differnces. The LS's major flaw was a lack of competative power. Now I've said it before, the 4.0L V8 from the LS has been made more powerfull for Jaguar and Rover, why not for Lincoln? Supercharged versions make about 400 hp. Or if you want to put the 4.6 V8 from the Mustang, you'll need to supercharge it as well, considering the competition. 300 hp may not be enough for this class of car.
And if Lincoln (Ford) really wants to create some buzz, build a coupe and convertible. Use styling cues from this concept to distinguish the new car from the source chassis (Mustang or LS) and don't let dealers put premiums on the prices. Don't just put out a Lincoln Mustang, like the Mercury Capri from the 80's. This beauty has style, and retro cues without being dated. Make it a real 4 seater also. People who buy Lincolns want a usable backseat.
This is the last thing anyone needs to see, another pathetic example of badge engineering. The Mercury Messenger is just plain ugly. Hasn't Ford learned anything from GM's mistakes? Oh that's right, they haven't or else they wouldn't have released the Mark LT. I feel like George Castanza's father from Seinfeld "Serenity now!!"