QOTD: What's on Your OEM Wish List?
As we saw yesterday with the (very) limited-edition coach-door Continental, sometimes an automaker finally produces what the people cried out for… years earlier.
One wonders what the demand for this suicide-door sedan might have been had Lincoln decided to launch it alongside the regular model back in 2016. Those rear doors are tailor-made for a low-angle exit shots outside the club in any number of music videos. As well, overseas executives in a certain People’s Republic might have found the additional rear legroom quite appealing — and exclusive.
But Lincoln deserves kudos for going the extra mile and actually altering the platform and body of a car to make its door wish (your door wish?) come true. This wasn’t just an engine swap or some other minor alteration that leaves the car’s overall dimensions intact. Lincoln put this sedan on the taffy puller for you. Which begs the question: if other mainstream automakers were willing to go the Lincoln route, what type of limited-edition variant would you demand of them?
I know what Adam Tonge wants, as he spent much of yesterday talking about it. A Ford F-150 sedan.
Think of it: a regular F-150 SuperCrew short box with a ride height haircut, softer springs, and a trunklid replacing the tailgate and (presumably) tonneau cover. Frankly, prying ears in Dearborn should pick this up.
My first choice wouldn’t be such a grotesquerie, of course. Adam can have his frankenmobile, but I’d prefer a truck Fiat Chrysler may very well end up making. It’s not out of the question. Back when the word “Dodge” graced the sides of Ram trucks, the short-lived SRT-10 caught my eye. A regular cab, short box sport truck with the heart of a Viper. Why aren’t we doing this again, FCA? Grab that 797-horse 6.2L Demon Light mill from the Challenger Hellcat Redeye, mate it to the shortest and least commodious 2019 Ram 1500, paint two big stripes down the hood (and grille, and roof, and tailgate), and start taking orders. Call it the Ram HellBeast or something. Ram DemonCore.
Seems pretty obvious to me, but maybe your author isn’t thinking far enough outside the box for this exercise. If Lincoln’s willing to stretch the Continental six inches and put the rear doors on backwards, maybe there’s other interesting bodystyle configurations and alterations to be had elsewhere.
So, let’s hear it. What do you want to see? You’re calling the shots here, and the OEM of your choice is bending to your every whim. Our only criteria with this question is that the model at the heart of this creation must currently be in production; otherwise, your ask of the OEM can be as mild or wild as you wish.
[Image: Lincoln Motor Company]
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