Lincoln Continental: Concept vs. Production

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The Continental Is Born in New York

When the concept for what would become the 2017 Lincoln Continental debuted in New York, auto critics noted its peaked hood, chrome-trimmed shoulder line and mid-century modern grill – all allusions to the iconic fourth-generation Continental (1961-69). The new Continental won’t be a total throwback, of course. Rather than a hulking, naturally aspirated V8, it will be powered by a 2.7-liter or 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine sending power to the front wheels or to all four, but never just to the rear. The design was long and low with big, heavy doors that opened themselves at the touch of a finger. Car and Driver said it was as nice a car as you could get for less than $200,000.

Of course, you couldn’t actually get one then. Now, there is the 2017 Lincoln Continental, and it starts at $44,560. The Continental hasn’t deviated much from concept to showroom, but there are some mechanical and aesthetic differences that may change the opinion of some buyers.

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