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Lincoln Flagship Concept
While the current Continental front-drive sedan sails into likely its final year, Lincoln is prepping a possible replacement in concept form. This flagship concept has a V-12 engine under its squared hood, which appears similar to the MK9 concept from last year's Detroit show. No more details have been supplied, but it's assumed the flagship concept will be rear-wheel driven.
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2003 Mini Cooper S
The more powerful Mini gets its debut in L.A. before the first Mini has gone on sale. In the past, the ‘S’ stood for Special; this time it means ‘supercharged,’ which explains the car’s main identifying feature, an air intake in the hood. Using modern supercharging technology and an intercooler, the S squeezes 163 horsepower out of its 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, giving the sports version a top speed of 135 mph and zero to 60 mph acceleration in just over seven seconds. Parent company BMW has aimed the Cooper S directly at the enthusiast market; in addition to the extra power the car gets sports suspension, bigger wheels with run-flat tires, Automatic Stability Control and traction control and a six-speed manual gearbox.
From Lincoln, we’re expecting the updated 2003 Navigator, as well as a flagship concept that may already have approval to replace the Continental in 2004. A rear-drive chassis and V-8 power are expected…An updated NSX might be shown, with improvements akin to those on the NSX-R shown at the Tokyo Motor Show… A BMW M3 with a sequential gearbox is set for an L.A. launch...The long-anticipated hot Neon is said to be ready for the Dodge display in custom-crazy L.A.