Monday, October 31, 2016

Lincoln BTS ANNIE Liebowitz Continental

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

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.)