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Segment: Luxury

When Ford introduced the seventh generation of the Continental in 1982, it said that it would be the best handling Lincoln to that date.

Luxury cars were not about handling or quarter-mile time, but neither in a zero to sixty 'till tomorrow category. They had to offer a good balance between performance and comfort, with more accent on the latter. That's what the Ford Fox platform promised to be for the Continental MkVII.

The design was classic for this seventh Continental generation, with a flat front area and vertical radiator flanked by four squared headlights. On the sides, there were more chromed details around the wheel arches and on the side panels. In the back, the mid-size sedan featured a spare-wheel bump on the trunk's lid, even though the tire was mounted on the left. That sloped-down rear end made the cab-rearward design looked more dynamic in a way a luxury car could be.

Inside, Lincoln lived up to its name and prepared a cabin for four with high-quality velour on the seats. The dashboard was nothing more than a wide black panel stretched between the A-pillars, at the bottom of the windshield, when the ignition was off. As soon as the key was turned in, the black panel revealed the LED displays in front of the driver and above the center stack. Everything was digital, including the speedometer, the fuel level, and the coolant temperature. A dozen buttons placed on top of the center stack showed the information for the trip computer.

Under the hood, Ford installed a standard V-6 engine which was good to crawl into city traffic. The other choice was a 5.0-liter V-8 offered in three power outputs that could provide more excitement, but not too much. The carmaker installed disc brakes in all corners to ensure a higher level of safety.

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LINCOLN Continental 1982 - 1987
  4 gasoline engines
  • 3.8L V6 4AT (112 HP)
  • 5.0L V8 4AT (131 HP)
  • 5.0L V8 4AT (140 HP)
  • 5.0L V8 4AT (150 HP)
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LINCOLN Continental Brochure

LINCOLN Continental 3.8L V6 4AT (112 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.8L V6 4AT (112 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3797 cm3
Power
83.5 KW @ 4000 RPM
113.6 HP @ 4000 RPM
112 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
175 lb-ft @ 2600 RPM
237 Nm @ 2600 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
100 mph (161 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
201.2 in (5110 mm)
Width
73.6 in (1869 mm)
Height
55 in (1397 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.4/59 in (1,483/1,499 mm)
Wheelbase
108.7 in (2761 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.7 cuFT (416 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3382 lbs (1534 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18 mpg US (13.1 L/100Km)
Highway
28 mpg US (8.4 L/100Km)
Combined
22 mpg US (10.7 L/100Km)

LINCOLN Continental 5.0L V8 4AT (131 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  5.0L V8 4AT (131 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4942 cm3
Power
97.7 KW @ 3400 RPM
132.8 HP @ 3400 RPM
131 BHP @ 3400 RPM
Torque
229 lb-ft @ 1200 RPM
311 Nm @ 1200 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
103 mph (166 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13 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
201.2 in (5110 mm)
Width
73.6 in (1869 mm)
Height
55 in (1397 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.4/59 in (1,483/1,499 mm)
Wheelbase
108.7 in (2761 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.7 cuFT (416 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3512 lbs (1593 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17 mpg US (13.8 L/100Km)
Highway
26.1 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
Combined
20 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)

LINCOLN Continental 5.0L V8 4AT (140 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  5.0L V8 4AT (140 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4942 cm3
Power
104.4 KW @ 3200 RPM
141.9 HP @ 3200 RPM
140 BHP @ 3200 RPM
Torque
250 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM
339 Nm @ 1600 RPM
Fuel System
Monopoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
103 mph (166 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.8 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
201.2 in (5110 mm)
Width
73.6 in (1869 mm)
Height
55 in (1397 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.4/59 in (1,483/1,499 mm)
Wheelbase
108.7 in (2761 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.7 cuFT (416 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3750 lbs (1701 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17 mpg US (13.8 L/100Km)
Highway
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
Combined
20 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)

LINCOLN Continental 5.0L V8 4AT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  5.0L V8 4AT (150 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4942 cm3
Power
111.9 KW @ 3200 RPM
152.1 HP @ 3200 RPM
150 BHP @ 3200 RPM
Torque
270 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM
366 Nm @ 1600 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
105 mph (169 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.1 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
201.2 in (5110 mm)
Width
73.6 in (1869 mm)
Height
55 in (1397 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.4/59 in (1,483/1,499 mm)
Wheelbase
108.7 in (2761 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.7 cuFT (416 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3779 lbs (1714 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18 mpg US (13.1 L/100Km)
Highway
26.1 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
Combined
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)
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