The Lincoln LS has been significantly improved for the 2003 model year with more than 500 new or redesigned parts. The LS now boasts increased horsepower, torque, and smoothness, thanks to variable valve timing and electronic throttle control. Chassis refinements promise more precise steering and a smoother, quieter ride. Comfort and convenience have been enhanced for 2003 with power-adjustable pedals, a softer feel for some of the controls, and by an electronic parking brake that frees up storage space in the center console. The LS is the most youthful of the Lincolns, and the Lincoln that's the most European in its temperament. In fact, the Lincoln LS shares its chassis architecture with the Jaguar S-Type. Like cars from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Jaguar, the Lincoln LS uses rear-wheel drive. Driving enthusiasts prefer rear-wheel drive over front-wheel drive for its superior driving characteristics. The Lincoln LS rides smoothly, yet feels connected to the road. It compares favorably to luxury sports sedans from Europe and Japan, yet it is priced far below them.