American Limousine Sales, based in Los Angeles, manufactured the custom-converted 100-inch stretch for a commercial client based in Nassau, Bahamas. The white MKS stretch, bought from an area dealership, was converted at ALS’s manufacturing facility in Lynwood, Los Angeles. ALS mostly specialises in building customised stretch versions of the Hummer H3 and the Chrysler 300.
Richard Murillo, from ALS spoke to LCT Magazine about the pros and cons of the MKS stretch, which is not part of the Ford Fleet Limousine & Livery Vehicles official line-up of livery vehicles. The successor to the Lincoln Town Car is the 2013 Lincoln MKT Town Car, a cross-over styled vehicle which debuted at the ILCT Show this year and will reappear with some refinements at the 2012 International LCT Show in February 2013.
He commented; “I’m amazed at how smooth the ride is. I can’t tell if the engine is on or not. There is so much insulation in the engine compartment. Even outside you can barely hear engine running. It accelerates very smoothly.” The all-wheel-drive MKS stretch is powered by V-6, 3.6 litre engine and seats six passengers comfortably.
Murillo added; “When I discussed these options with my client, I showed him the MKT. He didn’t like it. I showed him what else Lincoln has to offer since he really likes the Lincoln brand. He liked the MKZ and then I showed him the MKS. When he compared them, he chose the S model due to the additional size and amenities that come with the MKS.”
The MKS stretch comes fully stocked with LED flat screen TVs, DVD player, beverage bars, surround sound, and LED interior lights.
Some advantages of the MKS: Strong braking system, good turning radius, consistent acceleration, smooth suspension, and an overall luxurious feel, Murillo said.
Some drawbacks of the MKS: Small boot space compared to the Lincoln Town Car. The MKT actually has 40% more cargo area than the Town Car. Also, the MKS engine is smaller than that of the Town Car, but technological advances have enabled V6 engines to approximate the power and performance of V8’s, Murillo said. “I don’t think the Town Car can ever be replaced, but if there is a replacement for the Town Car, it’s not the MKT because of its overall look. I think Lincoln has the right intentions, but I think the MKS more closely resembles a Town Car. But it does have some pitfalls.”
American Limousine Sales does not plan to display an MKS stretch at either the 2012 International LCT Show in Las Vegas or the 2011 Limousine Digest Show in Atlantic City, N.J. Murillo has received a lot of inquiries about the MKS stretch since sending out an e-blast about it, but does not have any firm orders as of this week or plans to build any demos. “There are no guarantees at this point.”
Source and images: LCT Mag