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Old 09-08-2010, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Though it is mechanically the same as the Ford Fusion Hybrid, the writer says it feels like a different car.
2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Specs - Motor Trend
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[LEFT]But as I was saying, driving the MKZ Hybrid caused me to blanch. Why? Despite sharing, part-for-part, the Fusion's steering and suspension hardware (its shock valving is slightly different, I was told), the MKZ Hybrid drives like a very different car. Off-center steering motions are Lexus-liquidy; the ride's absorbency suggests the sponges in the suspension are from Neiman Marcus; and the brake pedal says this is a [SIZE=5]luxury car[/SIZE] being stopped with virtually no regen-braking sensation. Frankly, I'm floored that such a personality metamorphosis can be accomplished almost solely by rewriting software. Lincoln's future success is going to rest not only on very good Fords as the foundation, but also astute software work like this.

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Old 09-08-2010, 11:05 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Or did they intentionally write the fusions software to convey a less expensive feel. I see an ECU upgrade to mirror the MKZ's feel in the future.
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