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Lincoln Continental Coach Doors Return With Special Edition

motor1 logo motor1 12/17/2018 Chris Bruce
a car parked on the side of a building: Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition

Both sets of doors open a full 90 degrees to create quite an entrance when getting in or out of this big sedan.

The rumors are true because coach doors, also known as suicide doors, are coming back to the Lincoln Continental after becoming a famous part of the model's design in the 1960s. Unfortunately, the company will build just 80 of them for the 2019 model year, meaning these special sedans will be a very rare sight on the road. A few more of them will arrive for the 2020 model year, though.

a person standing in front of a car: Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition© Provided by The Motorsport Network Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition

While the Continental Coach Door Edition looks quite a bit like the standard model at first glance, the special edition actually has an extra six inches (15.24 centimeters) of wheelbase that allows for installing the larger doors. The additional length comes with the extra advantage of increasing rear-seat legroom to what Lincoln claims is class-leading levels. The doors open a full 90 degrees at the front and back, which should create a grand entrance at any event.

“People appreciate elegance and glamour,” David Woodhouse, design director at Lincoln said in the model's announcement. "And they want the easiest way to get in and out of a vehicle. These doors answer to both."

a car parked on the side of a building: Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition© Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition

When the owners approach, both the side mirror and passenger door handle shine a light onto the ground to welcome them. As occupants step inside, they find a special door plaque that displays the vehicle's number in the 80-car production run. The expansive console between the rear seats features a stowable tray table and tablet holder, too. 

While the focus of this special Continental is largely on the passengers, the driver enjoys a few amenities, too. Lincoln's Perfect Position seats offer 30 ways of adjustment, and there's a standard head-up display that even works when wearing polarized sunglasses.

The Coach Door models will come exclusively with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) and 400 pound-feet (542 Newton-meters) of torque.

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a car parked in front of a building: Lincoln would prefer that you associate its modern-day Continental with the elegant luxury flagship sedan of the 1960s rather than, say, the Ford Taurus–based Continental from the 1990s. So it's attempting to make the historic link a bit stronger with a new limited-run Continental Coach Door Edition with center-opening "suicide" doors reminiscent of the iconic 1961 Continental. This limited-run model for 2019 also ties in with the 80th anniversary of the Continental nameplate, which originated in 1939 as the name for a one-off personal car created for Edsel Ford.

The Continental Coach Door Edition will arrive at dealers in summer 2019, but the company won't discuss the price yet. Buyers will also have access to Lincoln's Black Label services that include annual vehicle detailing, anytime carwashes, and even a curated dining experience at certain restaurants.

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