Behold, the one American automobile you’ll be able to manufacturing facility order and decide up at a dealership that options physique meeting accomplished by an unbiased coachbuilder, simply as luxurious cars like Duesenbergs—and Lincolns—usually have been within the traditional period: the Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition.
Anybody can plainly see the in depth modifications the coachbuilders made in stretching the bodywork and reengineering these Rolls-Royce-aping rear-hinged—don’t-call-‘em-suicide—rear doorways. However how did they do on the within? Is that this the Rolls-Royce Ghost of American luxury-car interiors? Let’s begin off by noting that nothing a lot adjustments ahead of the B-Pillar, so we’ll deal with the rear-seat expertise right here and refer you to our 2017 Lincoln Continental Black Label Interior Review for particulars on the cockpit, infotainment, and normal supplies high quality of the bottom automobile.
Colour and Trim
Even the coachbuilt Lincolns will not be Bentley degree bespoke. They’re an extension of Lincoln’s top-shelf Black Label trim collection and are restricted to only two of the three colour and trim themes provided on the “cookie-cutter” factory-finished vehicles. “Chalet” theme combines off-white leather-based on the seating surfaces and the decrease sprint, door panel, and middle console accented by espresso brown for the sprint and door higher, armrests, and distinction piping with deep Silverwood trim. “Thoroughbred” accents a principally jet-black inside with chestnut brown antiqued “Belmont” leather-based on the sprint, door, and console higher surfaces trimmed with burled Chilean Maple wooden.
Exterior colour selections included Infinite Black (45 p.c of the construct), Chroma Crystal Blue (30 p.c), Pristine Whereas Metallic (18 p.c), and a single silver automobile was constructed.
Our black automobile featured the Thoroughbred inside, which is decidedly extra somber than the Chalet, and the mottled dye on the Belmont accent leather-based—meant to evoke equestrian saddles—learn to our eyes just like the Naugahyde that swathed off-brand Barcaloungers within the ’70s. The burled maple seems exceptionally wealthy and is probably the most conventional/old-school of the trim choices, however—particularly paired with the chrome accents surrounding it—usually displays solar glare.
Right here’s an space that was revised from 2019 to 2020. Each began by mainly affixing all the things from the pull-down armrest discovered on the Continental Black Label fashions outfitted with the $3,000 Rear Seat Facilities Package deal to the rear console construction. That features the audio and local weather controls, switches for the sunroof and rear window sunshades, pop-out cupholders, and a stowage bin. This fastened construction merely mounts over the usual cross-car bench seat, rendering this a four-passenger mannequin (blanking plates cowl the slots the place the center shoulder belt and higher middle LATCH tether factors can be).
For 2020, that armrest stowage bin incorporates a Qi wi-fi charging pad. An upholstered panel that covers the trunk pass-through door is held in place by Velcro fasteners, and when eliminated can function a lap desk. This pass-thru door now accesses a lockable stowage compartment that impinges into the trunk house, however hovers above the trunk flooring, in order that accent trunk mats match with out modification. On each side of the console are new pop-out knobs that could be used to hold a handbag or take-away dinner baggage on. The ahead portion of the console comprises a steel sleeve sized to carry (however not essentially chill) a champagne bottle. It will get a good-looking lid with a cork seal lined in the identical burled maple wooden. Aft of that may be a bin that comes with a 110-volt three-prong energy outlet (new for 2020) and two USB-A jacks. Two slots are offered to carry pill or skinny laptop computer computer systems. These will not be new, however they’re completely different from the design featured within the Coach Door concept automobile we lined final yr, so they might look new.
Rear Seat Methods
Many long-wheelbase limo/sedans provide a number of changes of the seatback and cushion, plus footrests and the like, however Lincoln retains it easy right here providing solely a backrest angle adjustment of about Three levels, which strikes the highest of the backrest fore or aft by way of about 2.eight inches complete. Proper seat passengers additionally get the choice of accelerating their legroom by transferring the entrance seat and/or simply the backrest ahead and out of the way in which. All of this comes with that $3,000 facilities bundle on the usual automobile, as do the adjustable headrest aspect wings, three-level seat heating and cooling, plus a therapeutic massage perform that may be independently adjusted to low or excessive depth for the backrest and seat cushion. These thrones could not do as many tips as these in some fancy vehicles, however they’re beautifully comfy and the Revel audio system sounds terrific again right here. Oh, and in one other nod to these backward-hinged doorways from Goodwood, every rear door incorporates a compact Lincoln-branded umbrella.
The entire upholstery that has been fitted to the rear doorways and the small space behind them that features the fastened rear aspect glass, the Alcantara headlining, and the perimeters of the rear console is executed by Cabot Coach Builders with flawless stitching and nothing seems pulled or stretched to suit. Sadly, although, there was no effort to proceed or duplicate the French stitching featured on the manufacturing facility put in Belmont leather-based door panels. The bottle cooler lid’s wooden sample doesn’t align with the wooden from the console surrounding it, which looks like a possibility missed (except somebody by accident swapped our automobile’s lid with that of one other).
So, Is it a Discount Rolls-Royce?
Whereas the $118,960 worth actually represents a hefty mark-down from the $314,000 base worth of Rolls-Royce’s most-affordable Ghost sedan, the Coach Door Continental by no means totally shakes the texture of its donor automobile’s sub-$80,000 worth. Nevertheless it’s undeniably cool-looking exterior and huge sufficient inside to move all however the tallest passengers in immense consolation, so maybe the discerning luxurious buyer wishing to purchase American would possibly but be capable of persuade Cabot or one other coachbuilder to tug out all that commodity carpeting and leather-based and go to city with some distinctive color-to-sample wool rugs, leather-based upholstery with distinction stitching and piping, and book-matched/mirror-matched wooden for WAY lower than the $200Okay that separates this Conti from that Ghost. And such a purchaser would definitely by no means want fear about displaying up someplace within the Hamptons and being valet parked subsequent to an analogous automobile.
|2020 Lincoln Continental Coach Door Version|
|LAYOUT||Entrance-engine, AWD, 4-pass, 4-door sedan|
|ENGINE||3.0L/400-hp/400-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6|
|CURB WEIGHT (DIST, F/R)||4,900 lb (58/42%)|
|L x W x H||207.Four x 75.Three x 58.5 in|
|0-60 MPH||5.9 sec (MT est)|
|EPA FUEL ECON||16/24/19 mpg|
|ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY||211/140 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||1.03 lb/mile|
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