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Say what you will about the 2017 Lincoln Continental, one thing it isn’t is your grandfather’s Lincoln. You see, grandpa never had the option of a twin-turbo V-6 that makes 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque and provides the ability to hit 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. That alone warranted sending Lincoln an All-Stars invitation.

Yet, the new Continental does share some things with the old man’s ride, such as the quiet interior and smooth suspension.

“Very pleasant, classy on the inside, soft driving, and comfy,” noted contributor Ronald Ahrens, while fellow contributor Michael Jordan aptly described it as a “a straightforward American luxury car.”

Part of that luxury comes from a hefty stack of options. For $3,105, the Continental Technology Package adds just about every active and passive safety feature on the market, including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping, active braking, and a 360-degree camera. Then there’s the $5,000 Luxury Package, which consists of the 19-speaker Revel audio system and LED headlamps. The best part is probably the $1,500 30-way adjustable front seats that offer a massage function.

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“Was I sitting in a recliner or in a Continental driver’s seat?” noted production editor Eleonor Segura.

Senior digital editor Kirill Ougarov, who is far from a geriatric, commented, “This car is exactly what it needed to be: quiet, smooth, and comfortable, with ample power and an excellent stereo. No buyer will ever hustle this car through a canyon, but they’ll appreciate its passing ability.”

At least some people were pleased with the Continental, but is this “straightforward” luxury car an AUTOMOBILE All-Star? Come back on March 11 to find out.

2017 Lincoln Continental AWD Reserve Specifications

ON SALE Now
PRICE $56,840/$70,900 (base/as tested)
ENGINE 3.0L twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6
400 hp @ 5,750 rpm, 400 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm
TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic
LAYOUT 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD sedan
EPA MILEAGE 16/24 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H 201.4 x 78.1 x 58.5 in
WHEELBASE 117.9 in
WEIGHT 4,224 lb
0-60 MPH 5.4 sec
TOP SPEED 130 mph
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Lincoln Looks Ahead, Impatiently http://www.automobilemag.com/news/lincoln-looks-ahead-impatiently/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/lincoln-looks-ahead-impatiently/#respond Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:30:12 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1045667 Have you ever been on the cusp of doing something you think could be great, but you need more time or resources to make it happen? That’s basically the position Lincoln president Kumar Galhotra is in as he attempts to guide the once-proud American luxury brand back to prominence on the automotive stage. “The frustrating...

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Have you ever been on the cusp of doing something you think could be great, but you need more time or resources to make it happen?

That’s basically the position Lincoln president Kumar Galhotra is in as he attempts to guide the once-proud American luxury brand back to prominence on the automotive stage.

“The frustrating part is that we can’t make things happen quickly enough,” said Galhotra, who stopped by our Los Angeles HQ during the press launch of the all-new 2017 Lincoln Continental in Bel-Air. It’s a car that graces the cover of this issue.

I was there when Galhotra and Ford CEO Mark Fields took the wraps off the Lincoln Continental Concept at the 2015 New York auto show. There were gasps from the crowd, stunned by what was under the sheet. This was the kind of car that could help revive Lincoln, which had fallen dangerously close to irrelevance. So far, in fact, rumors of its impending demise were rampant (former Ford CEO Alan Mulally reportedly wanted it gone), with many believing it would follow Mercury into the dustbin of history. But now Lincoln was finally showing a pulse, a direction to the world. The world (mostly) approved.

Sure, the concept had more than a little bit of Bentley in its overall presence — something Bentley’s design team took umbrage with at the time. But the Continental Concept had more than enough presence of its own. It was a vision for a true flagship luxury sedan befitting a brand that had created iconic cars throughout its storied history, including the 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr Continental cabriolet you’ll see featured in our cover story.

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While it doesn’t quite have the same wow factor as the New York concept, the production version of the Continental “is pretty close” to that car in its overall exterior design, Galhotra assured me. There are those, including some of us on this staff, who disagree. They aren’t in love with its front-drive proportions, its behind-the-curve six-speed automatic transmission, or ele-ments of its interior trim. But there has been praise for the Lincoln-exclusive, 400-horsepower, 3.0-liter twin-turbo six (we found the 2.7-liter EcoBoost six with 335 hp capable as well), the fabulous front seats, and its Revel sound system. It looks like a competitive effort, but the Continental will need another generation of refinement before it potentially achieves greatness.

Lincoln critics decry the brand’s lack of a rear-wheel-drive platform, but all Continental models are available with all-wheel drive and its accompanying torque-vectoring differential, which given who the brand is going after—people more concerned with the experience of how to get somewhere rather than how fast they do—should be more than enough. You want an American car with German-challenging dynamics and mind-blowing performance? Google your nearest Cadillac dealer.

Galhotra says customers desire a quiet ride at speed and “smooth, effortless performance” when they hit the gas. They want technology that works seamlessly, like the parking assist feature Galhotra is particularly proud of: It parks both in parallel and perpendicular spaces. He also challenged his team to make the adaptive cruise control as smooth as possible.

Lincoln knows it needs to expose more potential customers to the marque’s new approach. To that end it’s rolling out its Lincoln Experience Centers in high-end areas like Newport Beach, California, and the soon-to-open Dallas-area location. It’s a no-sell approach to showcasing what Lincoln has to offer in an upscale venue. “The dealers absolutely love it,” Galhotra said, because they are directed to people truly interested in purchasing a Lincoln.

There are challengers aplenty, including Hyundai’s emerging Genesis brand, Lexus, Cadillac in some segments, and others, but so far only Lincoln is staying away from developing focused performance cars and taking more of a true luxury approach.

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Lincoln is embracing, like every other mainstream automaker, crossovers and SUVs like the new Navigator, due to arrive next year. And while it was never going to have the concept’s gullwing doors, those doors better exposed the Navigator’s impressive interior trim, which Galhotra said will be very close to the production version’s. Lincoln needs to improve interiors across its lineup, and the Navigator will lead the way.

And then there’s China, always China. Lincoln’s nascent operations there went from more than 11,000 sales in its first full year in 2015 to likely doubling that this year. It’s a good start, but again, it will take time to grow into big numbers. Not surprisingly, the MKC and MKX crossovers are leading the way. “If you ever get to Shanghai, you have to go to our dealership there, it’s amazing!” Galhotra said. Consider it on the to-do list.

So while Lincoln still has a ways to go before getting to where it truly wants to be, Galhotra can see it out in the distance, and he’s antsy to arrive. Maybe Matthew McConaughey can drive him there in a Continental.

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Form, Function, the New 2017 Lincoln Continental, and Frank Lloyd Wright http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-lincoln-continental-reserve-1940-lincoln-zephyr-cabriolet/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-lincoln-continental-reserve-1940-lincoln-zephyr-cabriolet/#respond Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:00:27 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1048016 Sitting alongside the leaf-strewn footsteps of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Palmer House, the 1940 Lincoln Continental soaks in this moment of belonging. More than 75 years have rolled past since Wright proclaimed Edsel Ford’s pet project “the most beautiful car ever designed.” Yet, in the shadow of one of Wright’s homes, the car still pulls his...

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Sitting alongside the leaf-strewn footsteps of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Palmer House, the 1940 Lincoln Continental soaks in this moment of belonging. More than 75 years have rolled past since Wright proclaimed Edsel Ford’s pet project “the most beautiful car ever designed.” Yet, in the shadow of one of Wright’s homes, the car still pulls his world-famous ideals of style and form clearly into the present.

A 2017 Lincoln Continental, parked next to one of the architect’s trademark carports, looks somewhat uncomfortable in this otherwise harmonious continuum. Where the 1940 Continental is brassy and exuberant, today’s David Woodhouse-designed car is subtle and reserved. Gone is the split-wing grille Lincoln tried to resurrect on more recent sedans, replaced by a squared-off, Bentley-like nose. The ruby-red sedan’s short overhangs and otherwise orderly appearance stand in stark contrast against the original Continental’s sweeping, confident lines. Palmer House’s sprawling geometric layout, boldly integrated into the knoll-dotted landscape of suburban Ann Arbor, Michigan, certainly seems a more fitting home for the old car than the new.

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But those who have ever visited a Frank Lloyd Wright building, be it a large-scale structure like the Guggenheim Museum in New York or a more intimate home such as Fallingwater outside of Pittsburgh, know that the experience of a Wright design is what makes it special. Lincoln points to an experience of “quiet luxury” as a guiding philosophy behind the development of the 2017 Continental, one that echoes Wright’s own views on automotive design as well as architectural design. “The car is architecture,” said Wright. “I am interested in buildings, in the quiet beauty of environment.” Perhaps by spending a few nights in Palmer House with both Continentals on hand, we’ll be able to make out the invisible strings that tie the car and architecture together.

“Complete mobilization of our American people is one natural asset of the machine, fast approaching.”

Wright, who bought both a 1940 Continental cabriolet as well as a ’41 coupe in his signature Cherokee Red paint, was one of the original Continental’s most high-profile owners. (He idiosyncratically redesigned his cabrio’s rear section after a dramatic crash.) Big names like Rita Hayworth, Babe Ruth, Jackie Cooper, and fellow designer Raymond Loewy were also among the early adopters. (Now there’s just Matthew McConaughey.) These magnates of the early 1940s were all drawn to the Continental’s undeniable presence and style.

Based on a modified Lincoln-Zephyr body with a design penned by E.T. “Bob” Gregorie, the prototype for the first Continental was built originally as a one-off, European-style cabriolet for the aging Edsel Ford’s personal use. Edsel’s friends, however, quickly started clamoring for one of their own after seeing it strut around his Florida vacation home in 1939.

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Art Deco design and a hand-built interior still dazzle after all these years. Every moment behind the wheel of the 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr is like a night at the opera.

The 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr Continental was 3 inches lower than the Lincoln-Zephyr, with a hood that was 7 inches longer and featured unique cues ranging from the hood ornament to the instrument panel, dials, and gauges. Mechanically, it relied on the Zephyr’s 4.8-liter flathead V-12, which made 120 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque directed to the rear wheels using a column-shifted three-speed manual transmission. Lincoln built just 25 units in 1939, with 400 following the next year. By 1941 the car would simply become known as the Lincoln Continental and continue as its own model line. Lincoln had struggled to keep pace with its competition at the time, and the niche Continental became a critical halo for the brand, one with hand-built elegance and luxurious character that defined the nameplate for decades to come.

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While best known for his love of the Continental, Wright’s appreciation for and fascination with the automobile was broad reaching and career defining. He was born in 1867, and by the early 1900s his architectural career was blossoming in parallel with the auto industry’s growth. Many of his clients were weal-thy progressives with the means to buy a car, and his designs can now be seen as artifacts of the automobile’s arrival and integration into American society.

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Chicago’s famous Robie House of 1909 features one of the earliest documented uses of an attached garage, and Wright’s own Oak Park home incorporated a gas pump into the garage. Later designs for car dealerships, gas stations, and even the parking structure-style ramp of the Guggenheim show how deeply the automobile influenced Wright’s view of the American architectural landscape. For much of his later life he bet so heavily on the automobile’s proliferation that in the 1930s he devised ambitious plans for the so-called Broadacre City, an urban concept centered on people owning cars.

“Complete mobilization of our American people is one natural asset of the machine, fast approaching,” said Wright in 1943. “As a consequence of the motor car … the horizon of the individual has immeasurably widened. … If he has the means to go, he goes. And he has his means: the car.”

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Wright had been exercising those means himself as early as 1909, menacing his Oak Park neighborhood with regular top-speed runs in his first car, a yellow Stoddard-Dayton roadster that could hit 60 mph. His love affair with the automobile was so deep-seated that his own son suspected that its promise of freedom inspired Wright to leave his family for Germany in 1909 to have a real-life affair with another woman. While he would eventually return to the States, his obsession with the car was far from over, amassing a collection that included a Cadillac, a Packard, two Dodges, a Ford, a Phaeton, a Cord, and a Knox Roadster.

The carport (a term Wright coined) would remain a frequent player in his designs over the years, as it does in Palmer House, finished in 1952. Palmer House is one of his so-called Usonian homes, which is what he dubbed his approach to the affordable and utilitarian design ethos of American homes in the years after World War II, when houses were being quickly and cheaply built for returning soldiers. Wright wanted to show that good design could be simple and practical while maintaining a personal, human, and organic aesthetic.

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Like most Wright houses, Palmer House isn’t without quirks. Chairs that tip forward and oddly shaped beds are, after all, part of the experience.

That sense of warmth and welcoming so essential to Wright’s homes starts with the driveway. Palmer House itself is hidden from view until you pull up the snaking path toward its carport. Park on the terra-cotta-colored concrete slab and follow it to a series of gentle steps, leading you past a pair of brick walls that guide you to the front door. Upon entering you notice the concrete floor continues seamlessly through the glass entryway, smoothing the transition between interior and exterior space. The sensation is again reflected in floor-to-ceiling living room windows along the back wall, which during the day serve up a living wallpaper of sunlight, birds, and forest.

Look around and you’ll find the house doesn’t contain a single right angle, giving it a very natural sort of harmony compared to the harsh regularity of most interiors. The house’s basic motif is the equilateral triangle, appearing everywhere from the floor to the built-in furniture to the origami crane-shaped interior windows that invite natural light throughout the house. Oil-finished cypress is used on the walls and ceiling. As unique and complex as it all feels initially, you warm quickly to its clever delineations of space and intended use. The kitchen is almost entirely separated from the central living space and its gigantic fireplace with a wall; a narrow hallway lined with books takes you to the bedrooms and study, intentionally offset from the more open, social part of the house.

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Each room is designed with practicality in mind as well as thoughtful consideration for the people that lived there, providing a special and unmistakably personal touch. “Human use and comfort should not be taxed to pay dividends on any designer’s idiosyncracy,” said Wright. Original owners Mary and Billy Palmer agreed, and the sensation was not lost on their granddaughter: “There was so much to be discovered everywhere. Every single room held a little surprise. … Nothing about it was normal, nothing was conventional … the different angles and the different furniture.”

“The sensibilities change over time, but the Continental is rooted in a real American-ness, a certain exuberance.”

When you step outside and approach the 2017 Lincoln Continental, the car’s similarly human-centric virtues start to take shape. A sequence of LEDs flows from the lower fascia to the headlights, while the taillights glow like neon through a tube. An illuminated welcome mat appears by the front doors, projecting the Lincoln logo as the interior softly lights up. Gimmicky? Absolutely. Effective? You bet. At the end of a long day, there is something satisfying and endearing about the Continental inviting you to relax and take a drive.

Helping smooth the transition from exterior to interior are the Continental’s new electronic-latch door handles, neatly integrated into the beltline. A light press is all it takes for the doors to quietly pop open, and a power-cinch system takes care of closing with a friendly electronic thrum. Once inside, flip on the massage function included with Lincoln’s optional 30-way “Perfect Position” seats; for long road trips you’ll love the individual thigh adjustments, which stave off nasty leg cramps. The standard leather and open-pore wood trim are handsome, enjoyed best in the cavernous back seat. A full-length panoramic sunroof helps dissolve the separation between cabin and sky.

In the mind of Lincoln design chief David Woodhouse, the Continental through the ages has always been a reflection of the zeitgeist of its time. “The sensibilities change over time, but the Continental is rooted in a real American-ness, a certain exuberance,” he notes. He points to the brightwork—a brassy tone for the 1940 car’s interior compared to generous chrome on the new Continental—as an expression of how an American flagship should set itself apart from German luxury.

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Whether it’s the old car or the new, the Continental’s personality is bolstered by a sense of length and substance. “We actually had photos of Wright’s Fallingwater hanging all around the design studio,” Woodhouse continues. “Both in architecture and automobiles, there’s something in the American psyche about the horizon, about life in widescreen.”

On the road, the Continental is exactly the kind of cruiser Wright would have relished on his frequent journeys between Taliesin East in Spring Green, Wisconsin, and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Like the 1940 car, it’s comfortable and composed at speed and is unconcerned with brute performance, despite its top-spec, 400-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6. Only the overly boosted electric steering distances you from the calm fluidity of the Continental driving experience. But with a warm personal approach distinct from its rivals, the new Continental should meet the needs and tastes of its intended clientele, many of whom are in China as well as in the United States.

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More so than any Lincoln available, the Continental wrests free from the clutches of Ford badge engineering.

Would Wright, who died in 1959 at the age of 91, love the 2017 Lincoln Continental? On the surface probably not, owing to his famous vanity and flamboyant tastes. The modern sedan would most likely be too plain and unoriginal for him. After all, his affection for the 1940 Continental had quite a bit to do with what being seen in one represented. If he drove the new car, though, we bet he’d be impressed.

Either way, Wright’s legacy as bannerman for and an avid enthusiast of the automobile live on. His predictions that the automobile would become more integrated and connected with everyday life came true, likely beyond his wildest imagination. As for Lincoln and its new Continental flagship? These next few years will tell us whether the world thinks of Lincoln as any old house or a place to call home.

1940 Lincoln-Zephyr Continental Cabriolet Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price When New: $2,840
Engine: 4.8L SV 24-valve V-12/120 hp @ 3,500 rpm, 220 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Layout: 2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, RWD coupe
EPA: N/A
L x W x H: 209.8 x 73.4 x 62.0 in
Wheelbase: 125.0 in
Weight: 3,615 lb
0-60 MPH: N/A
Top Speed: N/A

2017 Lincoln Continental Reserve Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: $56,840/$75,320 (base/as tested)
Engine: 3.0L twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6/400 hp @ 5,750 rpm, 400 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Layout:  4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD sedan
EPA: 16/24 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H: 201.4 x 82.3 x 58.5 in
Wheelbase: 117.9 in
Weight: 4,547 lb
0-60 MPH: 5.4 sec
Top Speed: N/A
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Matthew McConaughey Returns for 2017 Lincoln Continental Advertisement http://www.automobilemag.com/news/matthew-mcconaughey-returns-2017-lincoln-continental-advertisement/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/matthew-mcconaughey-returns-2017-lincoln-continental-advertisement/#respond Mon, 19 Dec 2016 22:00:55 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1046078 Just when you thought Lincoln was finished with the esoteric commercial spots, Matthew McConaughey returns for a new Continental commercial. As we’ve come to expect from this collaboration, the commercial is an abstract take on the new full-size luxury sedan. The new spot, “Crafted,” kicks off with McConaughey and the Continental staring each other down...

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Just when you thought Lincoln was finished with the esoteric commercial spots, Matthew McConaughey returns for a new Continental commercial. As we’ve come to expect from this collaboration, the commercial is an abstract take on the new full-size luxury sedan.

The new spot, “Crafted,” kicks off with McConaughey and the Continental staring each other down in the middle of an expansive stretch of shallow water. It’s a gorgeous setting, a glacial plain Lincoln says is just 160 miles from Reykjavik, Iceland. McConaughey first stands outside the Continental, admiring the proportions. Inside, he remarks on how the owner “might never sit in the rear seat” and “what a shame” that would be. Cue the requisite dynamic shots of the Continental sluicing its way through the wet landscape, and the shot ends with the phrase, “That is Continental/This is Lincoln.”

Like all other McConaughey Lincoln ads, this is beautifully shot. It’s no surprise, seeing as cinematographer Wally Pfister serves as the lead director. Pfister is known for his work on the recent Christopher Nolan Batman films, as well as winning an award for his cinematography in “Inception.”

Take a look at the new 2017 Lincoln Continental commercial in the video below.

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First Drive: 2017 Lincoln Continental AWD Black Label http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-lincoln-continental-awd-black-label-first-drive-review/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-lincoln-continental-awd-black-label-first-drive-review/#respond Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:30:14 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1010313 BEL-AIR, California — At last, here’s a great reason to skip that trip to the airport. Instead of booking a regional jet, you should be flying in the 2017 Lincoln Continental. You know how it is when you’ve got 400 miles in front of you. Once you add up the time it takes to drive...

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BEL-AIR, California — At last, here’s a great reason to skip that trip to the airport. Instead of booking a regional jet, you should be flying in the 2017 Lincoln Continental.

You know how it is when you’ve got 400 miles in front of you. Once you add up the time it takes to drive to the airport, wriggle through the scrum at the TSA gates, board the airplane, fly (on-time departure?), de-plane, take the shuttle to the rental car depot, and then navigate to your destination, well, you may as well have just driven instead.

And what you want to drive in such circumstances is the Lincoln Continental. Dial in the navigation system, activate its safety suite, including lane keep assist and radar-based cruise control, crank up the 19-speaker Revel Ultima sound system to an appropriate level, and get rolling. We promise you’ll find the experience to be humane rather than industrial. And you can enjoy a view of the distant horizons of the American landscape, which is way better than a tiny video screen six inches from your nose. Even after those 400 miles, you’ll arrive more alert and energetic. And, you know, way less wrinkled.

The 2017 Continental even looks like a business jet. It’s handsome, yet not exactly memorable. Even so, we found it refreshing to encounter a shape that hasn’t been tortured in the styling studio. The bodywork sculpture is crisply executed, yet it’s best described as a kind of canvas on which a memorable color can be displayed. If your default color choice is silver (a sign of a dumbed-down imagination, we think), then the Continental isn’t for you. But if you can make the leap to another hue, then the Continental makes you think of a Bentley. Except this Bentley comes nicely equipped for about $60,000, not $160,000.

When we first saw this car in front of the Hotel Bel-Air, it seemed to have rather grand dimensions, so it was a bit of a surprise to be reminded that the Continental competes directly with the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Like the Audi, the Continental is fundamentally configured like a front-wheel-drive car, only with a transversely mounted engine under the hood. And like the Audi, the Continental comes in both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations.

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This Lincoln’s dimensions are on the grand side as well, and the result is more like a full-size big car than the scaled-up little car that some of the chassis hardware might suggest. First of all, the Continental’s wheelbase stretches 117.9 inches, which promises straight-line stability and a composed ride. The car measures 201.4 inches overall — long enough that you’ll prefer to have it equipped with both the rearview camera and a full array of parking sensors. Finally, the Continental tips the scales between 4,224 and 4,547 pounds, depending on whether you choose the 305-hp normally aspirated 3.7-liter V-6, the 335-hp twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 or the 400-hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6.

The 2017 Lincoln Continental also drives in a grand sort of way. We like how it disdains the superficial sportiness and noisy ride harshness that tends to curse German cars. It’s quiet without being muffled, composed without being inert. The suspension bushings are soft enough to keep the body from shivering as the car crossed those nasty seams on concrete freeways, while the active dampers quickly quelled any hint of boatiness. Of course, the 20-inch rims shod with Goodyear tires on the particular Continental in Black Label trim we drove predictably boomed on the bumps. (We later learned that the 19-inch rim/tire package is what you really want for this car.)

We’ll also admit that we tested the maneuverability of this big Lincoln on more than just the narrow winding roads of Bel-Air. And so we found ourselves hammering Mulholland Highway through the Santa Monica Mountains at a most unseemly rate of speed. The Lincoln exclusive twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 has 400 lb-ft of torque available at 2,750 rpm, so it had enough authority to pull through the six-speed automatic transmission without having to resort to shift paddles. Even so, we’re guessing that the normally aspirated V-6 and the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 might not be very responsive with this transmission, as we’ve discovered with other Ford models. Fortunately there’s an automatic with more ratios in the engineering pipeline.

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Despite its length, the Continental is way better at the old back-and-forth cornering thing than you’d guess. The somewhat digital feel of the electric-assist steering quickly became unnoticeable, while the linear calibration of the throttle and the predictable, yet authoritative response from the brake pedal made fast driving pretty effortless. As we anticipated, engaging Sport mode didn’t do this car any favors, as abrupt dynamic responses are pretty much not what you want in a heavy car on the open road. We preferred to employ driving skill for the extra dimension of sportiness that Mulholland calls for, and the Continental proved pretty happy, although it will bound over the bumps when really serious speed is involved. If the weather had been wet or freezing, we might have been able to make some useful observations about its GKN-engineered all-wheel-drive system with active torque vectoring (just like the setup in the Focus RS), but we think it’s worth the $2,000 price you pay no matter where you drive.

For all this typical stuff about driving, the unique thing about the 2017 Lincoln Continental is the simple experience of sitting inside it. Once you touch the door handle, trigger the electronic latch, and step into the cabin, you’ll find that the interior space is quite beautiful, both modern in its sinuous architecture and expressive in its detailing of chrome, wood, faux-suede headliner (optional), and leather upholstery. The steering wheel feels good in your hands, while the view over the dash is expansive. The seating positions are sized with ergonomic correctness, though perhaps not with generous proportions, as total passenger volume amounts to 106.4 cubic feet. The electronic displays delivered by the instrument binnacle and information screen seem bland to us rather than restrained, as the designers apparently intended, and there could be more interior storage. Even so, we love the Harman Kardon-engineered, 19-speaker Revel Ultima sound system, which features another example of the new software that can deconstruct the usual horribly compressed MP3 files and turn them into real music. (And we love the sunburst design of the speaker grilles, too.)

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If you walk into a Lincoln dealership, the entry into the land of this Lincoln will cost you $45,485, and a certain amount of mixing and matching will take you to the range between $55,000 and $65,000 where most of the people in this market segment tend to shop. For the all-singing, all-dancing 2017 Lincoln Continental Black Label AWD that we drove, which included the premium Chalet interior trim, the zippy rear-seat comfort and convenience package, and the twin-turbo V-6 with all-wheel drive, the price begins at $64,915 and ends at $78,510. When you’re staying at the Hotel Bel-Air, you really can’t be satisfied with anything less.

When the Lincoln Continental concept first went public on the eve of the 2015 New York auto show, the designers at Bentley professed themselves to be scandalized (scandalized!) at the resemblance. If we were them, we might pay more attention to the way the production version expresses a Bentley personality, right down to the new concierge-style purchase and delivery centers that Lincoln is rolling out in both China and the U.S. Now that so many people have already sampled the usual German sedan thing, we think that there’s new interest in simple, purposeful refinement. And the 2017 Lincoln Continental shows us that extravagance doesn’t have to be part of the program. After all, some people are too smart to fly.

2017 Lincoln Continental AWD Black Label Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: $64,915/$78,510 (base/as tested)
Engine: 3.0L twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6/400 hp @ 5,750 rpm, 400 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Layout: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD sedan
EPA Mileage: 16/24 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H: 201.4 x 82.3 x 58.5 in
Wheelbase: 117.9 in
Weight: 4,547 lb
0-60 MPH: N/A
Top Speed: N/A
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The Six Coolest Features on the 2017 Lincoln Continental http://www.automobilemag.com/news/six-coolest-features-2017-lincoln-continental/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/six-coolest-features-2017-lincoln-continental/#respond Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:48:20 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1009944 Lincoln is betting big on the all-new Continental luxury sedan, reviving what is perhaps its most celebrated nameplate in an effort to restore a much-needed luster to its brand. Although the production version of the Lincoln Continental doesn’t have quite the same gravitas as the flashy Continental concept from the 2015 New York show, there’s...

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Lincoln is betting big on the all-new Continental luxury sedan, reviving what is perhaps its most celebrated nameplate in an effort to restore a much-needed luster to its brand. Although the production version of the Lincoln Continental doesn’t have quite the same gravitas as the flashy Continental concept from the 2015 New York show, there’s plenty of unique features and flair that make Lincoln’s new flagship a significant step forward. Here are the six coolest features we’ve experienced on the 2017 Lincoln Continental Reserve.

  1. The Continental greets you with sleek lighting and an illuminated welcome mat. Well before you come within arm’s reach of the brassy new four-door, the key fob in your pocket signals the car to wave hello. LED lighting flows from elements in the headlights, daytime running lights, and taillamps, segueing into a bright white signature lighting design that flashes underneath the front door handles. There’s no question the technology is a little gimmicky, but the reaction from passengers and lookers-on in parking lots has been, in our experience, overwhelmingly positive.

2.The door handles add a little something special. Like the concept, the production Continental is fitted with a new E-Latch system. The handles are integrated into the beltline rather than the doors, and all it takes is a light press on the button inside the handle for the doors to gently pop open. We’re as skeptical as anyone, so we investigated a failsafe in the event this system goes on the fritz; if you remove the tiny prod-shaped key inside the fob, you’ll find it fits into a small square access point on the driver’s side fender badge. The Continental also opens using an electronic button from the inside, but there’s a failsafe latch inside the door as well.

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3. Power cinching means you never have to slam the door. There’s something rather satisfying about watching the Continental’s doors close themselves with just a high-pitched whirr of little electric motors. This feature is handy when parking in tight spaces that don’t offer the necessary room to thwack the door shut — just push it into position and the car takes care of the rest. It does make one wonder what these motors might cost to fix if they ever break, though…

4. Massaging seats make the commute a bit more placid. Optional 30-way adjustable “Perfect Position” seats are well worth the $1,500 cost of entry. The seats are both comfortable and supportive for longer trips and allow for individual thigh bolster adjustment. A press on the touchscreen or on the button integrated into the door activates the massage function, with multiple levels of intensity and customization for back and butt massage. Even the highest intensity is fairly mild, but it definitely helps relieve some of the stiffness and tension that comes up over longer journeys.

The rear seat package ($4,300) adds a center armrest console with a digital display, sun blinds, reclining heated and cooled seats, and four-way adjustable lumbar support. Taking a page from the Bentley book is also the ability to move the front passenger’s seat forward to allow for extra legroom.

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5. Revel audio provides some of the best tunes in the business. As part of the Continental’s $5,000 Luxury Package, you’ll get Revel’s Ultima 19-speaker audio system, which comes standard on Black Label models. The system has truly lifelike bass vibes and clear-as-a-bell highs with no nastiness or harshness. In our previous test of in-car audio systems, the Revel system placed second among the eight high-end audio packages we tested. Even better is that the Continental uses real knobs and buttons instead of a touch system, so you can fiddle with the radio and volume without taking your eyes off the road to tap incessantly on an unresponsive screen.

6. The massive sunroof really opens up the Lincoln’s cabin. The two-panel sunroof spans almost the whole length of the roof, and comes with the rear seat package. Only the front panel slides back, but the feeling of spaciousness is still a nice advantage for rear-seat passengers. The sunroof includes a fabric-covered, power-operated, full-length shade as well, keeping the interior nice and cool on hot days where you don’t want your luxury chariot feeling like a greenhouse.

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Quick Take: 2017 Lincoln Continental Reserve AWD http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-lincoln-continental-reserve-awd-quick-take-review/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-lincoln-continental-reserve-awd-quick-take-review/#respond Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:00:34 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1009031 Staring at the back end of a 2017 Lincoln Continental, Lincoln’s all-new flagship model, I was struck by its sculpted C-pillars and purposeful rear fenders, the neatly integrated exhaust trim and slick hidden door handles, and the wide, linear L I N C O L N script running across the upper trunk lid. But then...

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Staring at the back end of a 2017 Lincoln Continental, Lincoln’s all-new flagship model, I was struck by its sculpted C-pillars and purposeful rear fenders, the neatly integrated exhaust trim and slick hidden door handles, and the wide, linear L I N C O L N script running across the upper trunk lid.

But then I noticed the Continental’s bulky, balky, front-wheel drive-proportions. The metallic black Continental’s 19-inch wheels, standard on this higher-spec Reserve model, seemed slightly lost in the girth of the car’s body (optional 20-inch wheels cost $750, so it’s not too expensive of a fix). The impressive design of the Continental concept didn’t transition to production; the relationship between the height of the front fenders and A-pillars, as well as the position of the front wheels, is funky. Building on a rear-wheel-drive platform probably could’ve helped the Continental’s proportions, but Lincoln used the same basic architecture that underpins the rest of its car lineup. Too bad.

I also expected more from the 2017 Lincoln Continental’s overall build quality. The panel gaps, at least on this particular production Continental, were inconsistent. For example, the front fender didn’t come close to lining up with the driver’s door. On the plus side, though, the Continental’s electronically latched doors are impressive to the touch. There’s no release delay, the handles are intuitive to use, and you hear a solid “thunk” when a door closes. All Continental models come with a power cinch door close, a feature usually reserved for high-end luxury cars.

Once inside, I immediately noticed the Continental’s extremely comfortable, 24-way power front seats (30-way power front seats are a $1,500 option). The uniquely designed seats offer amazing support from the base of your spine to the back of your head, and the split thigh supports at the leading edge of the seats can move up and down in tandem. The rear seats are just as cosseting and offer lots of legroom, but the optional panoramic sunroof compromises headroom for taller passengers. While I applaud Lincoln for using dedicated function buttons instead of burying them in touchscreen submenus, the Continental has too many buttons, especially on the climate control panel. On the whole, the cabin has too much shiny chrome and glossy wood trim for my taste, and the less-than-stellar attention to detail, especially in spots like the rear seat center armrest and center console storage compartment door, surprised me.

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Behind the wheel, the all-wheel-drive Continental proved solid and quiet at speed. This model had the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 with a 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed automatic transmission is fine but not as smooth or responsive as a Mercedes-Benz 9-speed or the ZF-sourced 8-speed used by Audi, Jaguar, et al. I never wanted for the Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-liter, 400-hp engine, which is available for a $3,265 upcharge. All Continental models feature adjustable dampers with three settings. I mostly ran in default, with the suspension in “normal” and the transmission in drive. A brief time in the softest, “comfort” suspension setting brought back memories of the long-retired Lincoln Town Car’s drunken-sailor ride. Tapping the “S” transmission button also stiffened the suspension, offering more body control as a result. Pushing the large Lincoln through some corners quickly told me that this is no sports sedan (nor is it being billed as one). My advice: spend the money on more interior options instead of the uprated engine.

The adaptive steering could use work, seeing how the rack feels too quick, unintuitive, and provides little feedback. I found myself turning the wheel too far for a given corner or maneuver, needing to make regular small corrections. Its steering exaggerated the front-wheel-drive nature of the Continental, especially at low speeds. The car lacks the balanced, highly engineered feel you find in the leading luxury cars in the segment. But overall the 2017 Lincoln Continental is a pleasant, refined automobile that enjoys being driven at a reasonable pace. Lincoln loyalists especially will be very impressed with it.

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But on the broader automotive stage, the Continental is a small step forward for a brand that needed a leap. Ultra-comfortable seats, fancy doors, and powerful engines only go so far. There’s nothing wrong with Lincoln’s “quiet luxury” mantra, and there’s room for a brand that’s about a traditional American luxury approach. But a flagship Lincoln needs to get the details right and improve on the little things before it can enjoy more rarified air.

2017 Lincoln Continental Reserve AWD Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: Price: $56,840 (base, Reserve AWD), $63,640 (as tested)
Engine: 2.7L twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V6/335 hp @ 5700 rpm, 380 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Layout: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD sedan
EPA Mileage: 17/25/20 mpg (city/hwy/combined)
L x W x H: 201.4 x 78.1 x 58.5 in
Wheelbase: 117.9 in
Weight: 4,226 lb (base)
0-60 MPH: 5.5 sec (est.)
Top Speed: 130 mph (est, electronically limited)
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Lincoln Taps Annie Leibovitz for New Continental Campaign http://www.automobilemag.com/news/annie-leibovitz-lincoln-continental-campaign/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/annie-leibovitz-lincoln-continental-campaign/#respond Mon, 10 Oct 2016 23:00:08 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1002719 Lincoln has hired renowned portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz to shoot a campaign promoting the Continental. Although it’s her first venture into car photography, her pictures provide a unique perspective on Lincoln’s flagship car and the experiences it could help create. In the making of the campaign, Leibovitz drew inspiration from the road trips she took...

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Lincoln has hired renowned portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz to shoot a campaign promoting the Continental. Although it’s her first venture into car photography, her pictures provide a unique perspective on Lincoln’s flagship car and the experiences it could help create.

In the making of the campaign, Leibovitz drew inspiration from the road trips she took with her father when she was a child. “She said that’s how she first developed her photographic eye – by looking out the back window at the horizontal framing of the landscapes of America,” said John Emmert, group marketing manager at Lincoln, in a press release. “So in the end, we have 10 different shots that tell a story with a nice backdrop of rural and urban – and all decidedly unconventional in terms of car photography.”

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The photos were all shot in and around New York City with a small crew: an actor, an artist, a musician, a film director, and the film director’s dog named Seven. None of them are professional models, a choice which Lincoln says shows the authenticity of the campaign.

Leibovitz is a photography legend known for using bold colors and unusual poses while at publications like Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. She was the first woman to have her photographs shown in an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

 

The Lincoln Continental campaign rolls out today in print publications and on social media. Watch the video below for an inside look at the making of Leibovitz’s campaign.

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2016 Lincoln MKX Receives IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-lincoln-mkx-receives-iihs-top-safety-pick-award/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-lincoln-mkx-receives-iihs-top-safety-pick-award/#respond Fri, 20 May 2016 15:41:20 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=943497 The IIHS has announced that the 2016 Lincoln MKX has received its highest rating of Top Safety Pick+. In order to qualify for the Top Safety Pick + award, a vehicle must have a Good score on all five crashworthiness tests and it must come with a front crash prevention system that earns an Advanced...

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The IIHS has announced that the 2016 Lincoln MKX has received its highest rating of Top Safety Pick+. In order to qualify for the Top Safety Pick + award, a vehicle must have a Good score on all five crashworthiness tests and it must come with a front crash prevention system that earns an Advanced or Superior rating.

In the tough small overlap crash, the 2016 MKX performed will with a maximum intrusion of four inches at its lower door hinge pillar. Dummy movements during the impact were well controlled with its head hitting the front airbag and staying there long enough to allow the side curtain airbag to fully deploy and provide enough coverage from objects outside of the car and side structures. Optional front crash prevention systems in the 2016 MKX also received top marks from the IIHS as they were able to prevent a 12-mph and 25-mph collision.

Redesigned for 2016, the Lincoln MKX features advanced technologies such as adaptive full LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and blind spot warning. Two engine choices are available, a 3.7-liter V-6 with 303 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque or a 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 with 335 hp and 380 lb-ft.

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Matthew McConaughey Is Back for More Cryptic Lincoln Ads http://www.automobilemag.com/news/matthew-mcconaughey-back-cryptic-lincoln-ads/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/matthew-mcconaughey-back-cryptic-lincoln-ads/#respond Wed, 18 May 2016 19:24:01 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=942855 Lincoln tapped Matthew McConaughey to help promote the then-new 2015 Lincoln MKC crossover in some TV spots, if you remember the brief stir and SNL spoof it spawned. Now, the American actor has returned for a trio of new videos for the redesigned midsize 2017 Lincoln MKZ sedan. In the first commercial, titled “Shave,” McConaughey...

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Lincoln tapped Matthew McConaughey to help promote the then-new 2015 Lincoln MKC crossover in some TV spots, if you remember the brief stir and SNL spoof it spawned. Now, the American actor has returned for a trio of new videos for the redesigned midsize 2017 Lincoln MKZ sedan.

In the first commercial, titled “Shave,” McConaughey is seen getting a professional shave with a straight razor. As the barber finishes the shave, the actor can be seen driving the 2017 MKZ sedan through a mountainous road peeking through the fog. As the commercial ends, the words: “The Exhilarating New Lincoln MKZ” appears across the screen.

The second ad dubbed “Midnight” shows the stylishly dressed actor walk out of an upscale home toward a serene reflecting pool. Images of McConaughey piloting the Lincoln MKZ flash on the screen. As he falls backward into the pool, the car is seen exiting a tunnel into the pouring rain. Again the “It’s like that” tagline and the words: “The Exhilarating New Lincoln MKZ” appears at the end of the video.

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings appear in the third spot, “Ensemble,” performing in a high-end club. As Jones sings a cover of “Midnight Rider,” the camera pulls back through the redesigned grille of a new MKZ sedan with McConaughey behind the wheel. The actor is seen slicing through a windy coastal road.

What do you think of Lincoln’s new ads? Do they fit Lincoln’s new brand image? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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