2000 Continental New Car Test Drive
If driving a BMW makes you a member of the country club, then driving a Lincoln Continental means you don't feel like you have to join a club. At least that's how Lincoln sees it. The Continental delivers luxury American style, providing comfort and ride quality in a highly maneuverable sedan with distinctive styling.
It comes with the latest in electronic technology: Suspension dampening and steering effort can be controlled electronically by the driver. A high-tech instrument panel provides good legibility. Computer controls allow owners to tailor their Continentals to their driving style and environment. These whiz-bang electronics are not intrusive, however, as owners can choose to use them or ignore them, relax and enjoy the cruise. Either way, driving the Continental is a satisfying experience.
The Continental is available in just one model, which retails for $38,880.
A 4.6-liter V8 engine delivers power to the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. Leather is standard along with all the other goodies you'd expect of a full-size luxury car.
Anti-lock brakes and traction control are standard. Side-impact air bags are also standard, in addition to the dual front air bags. An optional RESCU Package ($2,345) automatically summons help via cellular telephone and global positioning satellite whenever an air bag deploys; the package comes with a cellular telephone, the premium Alpine Sound System and a programmable garage door opener.
The Driver Select System ($595) includes the semi-active suspension driver adjustable ride control, memory profile system, steering-wheel audio and climate controls, automatic dimming left outside mirror.