Personally, I’m a HUGE fan of what Lincoln is doing with the entire product line. The whole apologetically luxurious motif is seriously awesome. In a world where the market has sport/luxo on the brain, someone finally is going in the luxury only direction. Sure you could argue that Rolls Royce and Bentley are Luxury only, but Rolls is out of everyone’s league and Bentley has the Continental GT. In the mid-range Luxury market that BMW, Audi, and Mercedes occupy, they always have a sports option.
Not Lincoln. They are about pure, affordable luxury. And I love it. But just because something is luxurious, doesn’t mean it can’t be fast. Not sporty. Fast. There is a difference. And Lincoln just revealed some pricing and features for the brand new Continental that will be available as a 2017 model.
The Continental starts at $45,485 for a Premiere-trim car with the 300-hp naturally aspirated 3.7 V-6 driving the front wheels. Upgrading a Premiere to all-wheel drive makes that figure $47,485.
Move to the Select trim, and a 3.7-liter front-drive model runs $48,440, while choosing AWD adds $2000 to the final tally. Checking the Select box brings all the Premiere goodies, plus access to the 335-hp 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6. That engine brings the starting price to $50,690, while the all-wheel-drive option again adds two grand.
Step up to Lincoln’s Reserve models and the 3.7-liter engine falls away, leaving the twin-turbo 2.7-liter as the base motor. The Reserve starts at $54,840 with front-drive while AWD again commands another two large. Stretch to $60,105 to get the Continental’s party-piece powertrain, the 400-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo with a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system closely related to the one in the hoon-grade Ford Focus RS.
I’m sorry what? A Lincoln, specifically their flagship model, will have a the Focus RS drivetrain in it? COUNT ME IN. Seriously where do I sign? Not only is this thing staggeringly gorgeous and will undoubtedly have the long-mile cruisability of a rolling Sleep By Numbers bed, but it’ll also be quick in a straight line and won’t murder you if you take a turn too quickly.
I see literally no downside here. Lincoln is upping their game and it looks good.
(Source: Car and Driver)