2000 Town Car New Car Test Drive
This newest generation Lincoln Town Car was designed in California two years ago with rounded lines and a trimmer, less formal look than before. Handling is better than ever. The Town Car offers a smooth ride and comfortable accommodations. Getting in and out is easy.
However, the competition from Cadillac and Japan is stiff.
Most Town Car buyers will choose from Signature Series ($40,630) and Cartier Series ($43,130) models. The Executive Series ($38,630) is sold primarily as a fleet car.
The base engine (available on the Executive and Signature Series) is a 205-horsepower 4.6-liter V8.
A more powerful 220-horsepower V8 with dual exhaust is standard on the Cartier and is available with the Touring Sedan option package on the Signature.
In addition to the stronger engine, the Signature Touring Sedan package gets larger 235/60R16 tires on unique 16-inch alloy wheels, a beefed-up torque converter in the transmission, a 3.55:1 rear-axle ratio for quicker acceleration, and revised springs, shock absorbers and stabilizer bars for a sportier ride. With more than 20 special parts designed to improve performance, the Touring Sedan package is well worth its $700 price.
For 2000, Lincoln has added the Cartier L, the first factory-produced long-wheelbase Town Car. The body is extended six inches at the factory, providing a more luxurious ride and more legroom in the rear cabin. Wider door openings, heated rear seats, a folding armrest with storage bins, rear audio and climate controls, mood lighting and a cigar-sized ashtray make this a luxurious ride for those with chauffeurs. An Executive Series version will also be produced as a limousine for the livery market.