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Segment: Luxury

The sixth generation of the Lincoln Continental was a big leap in Ford's lineup and it was the bridge between the large Continentals and the mid-size sedan that followed.

After the Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE for short) law imposed in 1975 after the first oil crisis, Ford worked hard to offer cars with a lower fuel consumption but that can still provide the desired comfort and luxury desired. The 1980 Lincoln Continental was the bridge between the large sedan and the mid-size sedan that followed. And it was one of the cars that helped Ford to become one of the best fuel-efficient corporate brands in the U.S.

The 1980 Continental showed the same grille with vertical slats. The four square headlights were part of an already established image of the brand. From the side, the boxy look of the car was considered imposing for the luxury American brand. A vinyl roof cover was offered as an option to mimic a four-door cabriolet.

Inside, the Continental was a big evolution, with an LED display instead of analog dials. It was a big revolution for the brand. It even featured an on-board computer that showed the average fuel consumption and range. The five seats offered were comfortable and with plenty of room for the rear passengers.

Under the hood, there was a newly developed 5.0-liter V8 engine with fuel injection, which was designed for better fuel-efficiency. The 4-speed automatic gearbox was a standard fit.

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LINCOLN Continental 1980 - 1981
  2 gasoline engines
  • 5.0 V8 4AT (129 HP)
  • 5.0 V8 4AT (140 HP)
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LINCOLN Continental Brochure

LINCOLN Continental 5.0 V8 4AT (129 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  5.0 V8 4AT (129 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4942 cm3
Power
96.2 KW @ 3600 RPM
130.8 HP @ 3600 RPM
129 BHP @ 3600 RPM
Torque
231 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
313 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Monopoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
101 mph (163 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/75 R 15
DIMENSIONS
Length
219.2 in (5568 mm)
Width
78.1 in (1984 mm)
Height
56.1 in (1425 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.2/6.2 in (1,580/157 mm)
Wheelbase
117.3 in (2979 mm)
Cargo Volume
22.4 cuFT (634 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.46
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4061 lbs (1842 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17 mpg US (13.8 L/100Km)
Highway
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
Combined
19 mpg US (12.4 L/100Km)

LINCOLN Continental 5.0 V8 4AT (140 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  5.0 V8 4AT (140 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4942 cm3
Power
104.4 KW @ 3400 RPM
141.9 HP @ 3400 RPM
140 BHP @ 3400 RPM
Torque
191 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
259 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106 mph (171 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/75 R 15
DIMENSIONS
Length
219.2 in (5568 mm)
Width
78.1 in (1984 mm)
Height
56.1 in (1425 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.2/6.2 in (1,580/157 mm)
Wheelbase
117.3 in (2979 mm)
Cargo Volume
22.4 cuFT (634 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.46
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4147 lbs (1881 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
15 mpg US (15.7 L/100Km)
Highway
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
Combined
18 mpg US (13.1 L/100Km)
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