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Segment: Luxury

The eighth generation Lincoln Continental was introduced in the luxury segment in 1988 and represented a big change for the automaker and the nameplate itself.

The large sedan got downsized in terms of engines, adopting a 3.8-liter V6, developing 140 HP in the first years of production. The rear-wheel drive system was also gone, being converted to a FWD and thus cutting down on fuel and construction costs while managing to gain a bit more interior room. However, technology was still on the Continental's side, being the first in the lineup to ride on an self-leveling air suspension. Another interesting feature was the speed-sensitive power steering, which facilitated low-speed maneuvers. Small changes were made the following years, such as redesigning the dashboard to accommodate dual airbags, grille, headlights and stoplights as well as the introduction of an optional individual seats feature that ditched the split bench in the front for traditional seats, a floor shifter and central console.

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LINCOLN Continental 1988 - 1995
  3 gasoline engines
  • 3.8 V6 4AT (140 HP)
  • 3.8 V6 4AT (155 HP)
  • 3.8 V6 4AT (160 HP)
brochures (download)
LINCOLN Continental Brochure

LINCOLN Continental 3.8 V6 4AT (140 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.8 V6 4AT (140 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3797 cm3
Power
104.4 KW @ 3800 RPM
141.9 HP @ 3800 RPM
140 BHP @ 3800 RPM
Torque
215 lb-ft @ 2200 RPM
292 Nm @ 2200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/70R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
205.1 in (5210 mm)
Width
72.7 in (1847 mm)
Height
55.6 in (1412 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.3/61.1 in (1,582/1,552 mm)
Wheelbase
109 in (2769 mm)
Cargo Volume
19 cuFT (538 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.36
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3627 lbs (1645 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17 mpg US (13.8 L/100Km)
Highway
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
Combined
20 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)

LINCOLN Continental 3.8 V6 4AT (155 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.8 V6 4AT (155 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3797 cm3
Power
115.6 KW @ 4000 RPM
157.1 HP @ 4000 RPM
155 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
220 lb-ft @ 2200 RPM
298 Nm @ 2200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
120 mph (193 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/70R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
205.1 in (5210 mm)
Width
72.7 in (1847 mm)
Height
55.6 in (1412 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.3/61.1 in (1,582/1,552 mm)
Wheelbase
109 in (2769 mm)
Cargo Volume
19 cuFT (538 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.36
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3631 lbs (1647 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17 mpg US (13.8 L/100Km)
Highway
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
Combined
20 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)

LINCOLN Continental 3.8 V6 4AT (160 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.8 V6 4AT (160 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3797 cm3
Power
119.3 KW @ 4400 RPM
162.2 HP @ 4400 RPM
160 BHP @ 4400 RPM
Torque
225 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
305 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
123 mph (198 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/70R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
205.1 in (5210 mm)
Width
72.7 in (1847 mm)
Height
55.6 in (1412 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.3/61.1 in (1,582/1,552 mm)
Wheelbase
109 in (2769 mm)
Cargo Volume
19 cuFT (538 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.36
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3631 lbs (1647 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17 mpg US (13.8 L/100Km)
Highway
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
Combined
20 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
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