Angela Krause Lincoln of Alpharetta is happy to present our customers with the all-new 2017 Lincoln Continental. This full-size luxury car has been a long time coming, and we are proud to have it back as a part of our large inventory that we have available to our customers in Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Milton, Johns Creek, Cumming, Dunwoody, Buford and beyond.
The Lincoln Continental is the kind of car that simply makes you feel luxurious. It makes you feel as if you should put on your Sunday’s best just to drive it. Some people who own one may opt for a Chauffer to drive it, and why not? But how did this iconic full-size luxury car come about? On a whim, Edsel Ford wanted something special and something with a European design to drive for his 1939 vacation coming up in March of that year, so he had auto designer Eugene Turenne Gregorie create it just for him. Nice, huh? Gregorie created the new design based off the 1936 Lincoln-Zephyr blueprints in less than an hour and so, the first Lincoln Continental Coupe was born.
The Lincoln Motor Company was founded by Henry M. Leland in 1917 in Dearborn, Michigan. Leland admired President Abraham Lincoln, who was the first president he ever voted for, and therefore named his auto company after him. Leland produced military aircraft engines at the same time he was busy creating affordable personal luxury cars. After World War I, Leland retooled his factory to only focus on Lincoln automobile production.
In 1946, the Continental lost its original designer, Gregorie, and 1948 was the last year of the Continental, which was being replaced by a new, upgraded Mercury version. The years 1939 through 1948 signify the Lincoln Continental as a “Full Classic” by the Classic Car Club of America. The Lincoln Continentals between these years were the last cars given this recognition and they were also the last cars produced and sold in the U.S. with a V12 engine.
The 1956 Continental II was hand-built and among the most expensive, high-class luxury cars in the world. At the time, it could be purchased for approximately $10,000. By today’s standards, that would be the equivalent of approximately $90,000. It was grand enough to compete with the Rolls Royce, and that’s really saying something. Because of the sheer grandiosity of the Continental II, one had to be deemed worthy of owning it, and if not, they were turned away from the dealership.
A custom-built Lincoln Mark II was given to actress Elizabeth Taylor as a birthday gift from Warner Brothers Studios. The paint color was made to match her eye color of violet. Only the highest of the high would own this car and people like Elvis Presley, Henry Kissinger, Frank Sinatra, and Nelson Rockefeller were among those ranks. The 1956 and 1957 models were the only two years in which the trunk lid stamped-in tire cover actually held a spare tire.
By the third generation between 1958 and 1960, the Continental was now the Flagship model for Lincoln and was branded as the Mark III and displayed Continental III on the fender trim. This generation saw the Continental receive a retractable, reverse-angle rear window, standard AM radio, and dash-board mounted A/C vents instead of the overhead vents of the second generation. It had a unique Auto-Lube feature that lubed the car itself as long as the lube reservoir was kept full. This generation also saw the Continental receive the largest unibody-chassis which made it the longest car ever produced thus far in the auto industry. With a 131-inch wheelbase, it beat out the Cadillac sedan. The Lincoln Continental convertible was the second longest convertible ever produced in the USA compared with the 1934-37 Cadillac convertibles. In 1959, the Mark IV emerged and in 1960, the Mark V came along with only a few updates.
1961-1969 ushered in the Fourth Generation Lincoln Continental. The 1961 Lincoln Continental was offered as a four-door sedan or as a four-door convertible. This year saw the Lincoln Continental’s massive presence shortened by 14.8 inches and with an 8-inch shorter wheel base. It was now smaller than the models produced pre-WWII. The new Lincoln Continental was not as ornate as those of past generations, but it was still an attention-getter. Because it was heavier than its Cadillac competitor, it became the finest mass-produced automobile in that time period.
As a Lincoln first, the 1961 Lincoln Continental was sold with a 24,000/2-year bumper-to-bumper warranty, making it the first automobile in the USA to do so. It featured a central vacuum operated locking system and California walnut veneer inserts on the instrument panel and doors. Because people were keeping their Lincoln Continentals longer, a request for design changes came about. In 1963, more rear leg room was added due to an update for the front seat, and the generator was replaced with an alternator.
In 1966, the Continental sticker price was reduced by $600 with no interior or exterior changes. In 1967, minor trim updates were made, and the Lincoln emblem was removed from the front fender. Federal safety standard changes were made to change the front lighting and taillights back to a wraparound style and shoulder seat belts were added. The Continental saw few changes in 1969 except for the 460 V8 becoming the only engine available until 1977.
In 1970, the Lincoln Continental no longer had a unibody chassis and switched over to body-on frame. The Fifth Generation Continental had standard features which included vacuum operated hide-a-way headlights, power seats, and adjustable head restraints, to name just a few. The Continental also received a new 365 hp 460 cubic-inch V8 with a 3-speed automatic transmission. The Continental was the largest mass-market produced car in the world in 1977 and in the same year, the Mark V gained a Rolls-Royce type radiator grille for a classier look.
The Sixth Generation of 1980, the Continental gained tremendous value by adding the widely sought after digital instrument cluster option. This included a trip computer and vacuum fluorescent displays. The 1980 Lincoln Continental became one of the most advanced vehicles sold at that time. It is important to note that the Continental was the first and only Lincoln that wore the Continental trunk lid from the Mark series. It also important to note that the Seventh Generation Continentals had gas-charged shock absorbers and self-sealing tires, making them an industry first. By the Eighth Generation, the Continental was completely changed. “Car and Driver” magazine placed it on its “Ten Best” list in 1989. Leather seats came standard along with a velour no-cost option and other options included a power moonroof, memory driver’s seat, electric heated windshield, a cellular phone (1990) and your choice of wheels.
During 1995-2002, the Ninth Generation Continental only had one engine to offer: The Modular /InTech 32V DOHC 4.6L V8. As with its predecessors, this generation Continental emerged with a plush interior and numerous amenities that were far beyond their time, including an anti-theft alarm system, JBL premium sound system, chrome wheels, heated seats, and so many more amenities. Air ride suspension on all four wheels was available on the 1995-1996 models while the 1997 model offered rear air ride suspension and steel coil springs on the front end.
The last Continental rolled off the assembly line in 2002. But the good news is that it’s back. It’s grand, and it’s better than ever, and you can find it at Angela Krause Lincoln in Alpharetta. We invite you to come in and test-drive the new Lincoln Continental. We are just off GA-400 and convenient to Gwinnett County, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Duluth, North Atlanta, Woodstock, Acworth, and beyond.
The 2017 Lincoln Continental stands on its own, and is not the ghost of the models gone by. It is offered in four trim levels: Premier, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. It is sleek, sophisticated, yet sporty and polished. There is an available twin panel panoramic roof, LED taillamps and headlights, and an electronically latched door system called the “E-latch” that will pull the door shut even if it was left ajar. The door pulls are a part of the beltline window trim, and seem to disappear into the design for a cleaner look. But this is only the beginning. If you are looking for a great Lincoln dealership in Cartersville, Acworth, Buford, Gainesville, Cumming, or anywhere in North Georgia, Angela Krause Lincoln of Alpharetta is definitely worth the drive.
The Lincoln Continental Premier
The Premier Trim features heated, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, ambient lighting, leather wrapped power adjustable steering wheel, dual-zone air-conditioning and automatic climate settings, driver seat memory settings, rear air vents, an 8-inch touch screen with Sync 3 infotainment system, Bluetooth, 10 speakers, two USB ports, and satellite radio. It also comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights and taillights, power folding and heated mirrors with blind-spot sections, puddle lamps, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, front and rear parking sensors, active grille shutters and chrome exterior trim.
The Lincoln Continental Select
By choosing the Select you will get everything the Premier offers along with 19-inch wheels, power-folding exterior mirrors, hands-free trunk, leather upholstery, soft-close doors, wood accented steering wheel, illuminated sill plates, a 110-volt household outlet, and two rear charge-only USB ports.
The Lincoln Continental Reserve
The Reserve trim includes the Premier and Select options but adds ventilated front seats with 24-way power adjustments, a tri-zone automatic climate control, a rear power sunshade, blind-spot monitoring that features rear cross-traffic alert, embedded modem that interfaces with the Lincoln Way smartphone app, and navigation.
The Lincoln Continental Black Label
This top-of-the-line trim leaves you wanting for nothing, and it includes the Lincoln Black Label Membership Privileges. All of the above trims, standards and options are available in this luxurious car along with 20-inch wheels, power adjustable rear seats, a mind-blowing 19-speaker Revel Ultima sound system that has a CD player and HD radio, suedette headliner, premium leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and LED headlights.
As if all of that isn’t enough, the Lincoln Continental Black Label comes with the option of three beautiful themes: The Rhapsody, Chalet and Thoroughbred. These themes alter both the exterior and interior of the car, depending on which one you choose.
Lincoln Continental Premier
What you can expect to find under the hood of the Lincoln Continental Premier is a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that has paddle-shifters mounted on the steering wheel.
Lincoln Continental Select
The Select trim offers the same engine as the Premier, but you have the option of stepping up to a twin-turbo 2.7L V6 that makes 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.
Lincoln Continental Reserve
The Reserve trim offers the 2.7L twin-turbo as a standard with 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.
Lincoln Continental Black Label
When you opt for the Continental Black Label trim you get the 2.7L twin-turbo with 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, but you can opt for the incredibly powerful twin-turbo 3.0L V6 that makes 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, and why shouldn’t you? You can also get summer performance tires with this option.
Three are four options packages to really make your Lincoln Continental your own:
Climate Package for Select, Reserve, and Black Label:
Technology Package for Reserve and Black Label:
Rear Seat Package for the Reserve and Black Label Only:
Reserve Luxury Package:
The Cadillac CTS is a midsize luxury sedan that comes with a panoramic sunroof, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, adaptive Xenon headlights, navigation, leather seats, automatic high beams, lane keep assist, automatic windshield wipers, Bose sound system, blind-spot monitoring, lane-change alert with Cadillac’s Safety Alert vibrating seat to warn of possible collision, Brembo front brakes, heated exterior mirrors, rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, cruise control, remote/keyless ignition, eight-way power front seats, driver seat memory functions, OnStar, 4G data connectivity with WiFi capability, 8-inch touchscreen with voice controls, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Cadillac CTS Luxury trim’s powertrain offers a 3.6L V6 that has 335 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with a choice of rear or all-wheel drive.
The BMW 535i xDrive Gran Turismo is an All-Wheel Drive luxury sedan that offers adaptive Xenon headlights, leather upholstery, navigation, keyless ignition and entry, 14-way multi-contour front seats, rearview camera, 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, multi-zone air conditioning, power windows with rear defrost, woodgrain interior, pass-through rear seat, power driver seat with memory, power passenger seat and lumbar support, daytime running lights, integrated turn signal mirrors, stability control, brake assist, and headlights auto-leveling. It also comes with a cargo shade, security system, and Bluetooth connectivity.
The 535ix Drive GT is equipped with a turbocharged 3.0L straight six-cylinder engine that makes 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
COMPARISONS BETWEEN THE LINCOLN CONTINENTAL AWD;
THE 2017 CADILLAC CTS - 4-DOOR SEDAN-3.6L LUXURY AWD;
AND THE 2017 BMW 5 SERIES 535i xDRIVE GRAN TURISMO AWD
Starting MSRP Lincoln Continental: $49,675
Starting MSRP Cadillac CTS 4-door Sedan 3.6L Luxury: $55,695
Starting MSRP BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive Gran Turismo: $63,200
When comparably equipped between the models, the Lincoln Continental jumps to $50,600; the Cadillac CTS jumps to $59,155; and the BMW 535i xDrive GT jumps to $71,645.
The Lincoln Continental V6 operates on Premium Unleaded gas and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. It has 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. City MPG is estimated at 16 mpg, with highway MPG estimated at 24, with an overall combined 19 mpg. Highway miles will get you approximately 456 miles on a tank of gas which will get you from Atlanta to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, with a little left over.
The Cadillac CTS operates on a gas/Ethanol V6 engine and has a 6-speed automatic transmission. Under the hood it offers 335 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque. Estimated EPA miles per gallon are as follows: 19/27/22 and a tank of gas will give you approximately 513 highway miles which will take you from Alpharetta to New Orleans with a little to spare.
The BMW 535i xDrive GT operates on an Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6 that is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The horsepower is 300 and it has 300 lb-ft of torque. Estimated EPA MPG is 18/26/21 and you can go approximately 481 highway miles on a tank of gas which can get you from Alpharetta to Charlotte Motor Speedway and back with enough left over for dinner.View Vehicle Comparisons
Edmunds says that the 2017 Lincoln Continental is certainly “worth a look,” and with the myriad of standards and options available, along with its handsome exterior and plush interior that it looks like a $100,000 car, but is available at a little less than half the price. Its roomy interior and well-appointed comfort, design, and materials make it a true luxury car. Road and Track says, “The 2017 Lincoln Continental is the Return of the Real American Luxury Car.” MotorTrend refers to the 2017 Lincoln Continental as a “Quiet and Quick Luxury Car.”
Although 59 percent of its weight is over the front wheels, it corners with ease and accelerates faster than you would think. If you are looking for the legendary “Hot Rod Lincoln” you can always opt for the 400 horsepower, 400 lb-ft of torque with the Black Label trim that will take you from 0-60 in 5.5 seconds. It has a sophisticated torque-vectoring system that varies torque at each wheel, thanks to the all-wheel drive hardware so you can always enjoy a stable, steady ride from acceleration to braking.
The 2017 Lincoln Continental offers plenty of legroom and headroom for everyone. It is a well-rounded luxury car for both driver and passenger, even in the back seat. Like Matthew McConaughey says: “You might not ever sit in the back seat, but that would be a shame.”
Edmunds gives the Cadillac CTS good ratings on overall driving manners and handling; however, compared with the Lincoln Continental, the Cadillac CTS interior is not as roomy and legroom in the rear seats is tight, along with tighter trunk space. Compared with the numerous standards and options included with the Lincoln Continental, here are some of the standards and options that the Cadillac CTS does not offer: A standard CD player, automatic headlights, trip computer, heads-up display, power folding mirrors, hands-free liftgate, automatic parking, temporary spare tire, dual moonroof, a turbocharged engine, brake assist, seatbelt airbag, heated rear seats, and seat massage.
Edmunds recommends the BMW 535i xDrive GT for drivers in regions who experience severe weather on a regular basis. It is rated as comfortable and roomy; however, it lacks maneuverability that you get from a sedan and does not offer the cargo capacity of an SUV. Compared with the Lincoln Continental, the following is a list of options and standards not available with the BMW 535i xDrive GT: A universal garage door opener, remote engine start, power folding mirrors, hands-free liftgate, automatic parking, temporary spare tire, V6 cylinder engine, 6- speed A/T, knee air bag, seatbelt airbag, lane keeping assist, and seat massage. The BMW 535i xDrive GT is estimated to reach 60 mph in about 6 seconds.
Angela Krause Lincoln is always fully stocked with new 2017 models as well as 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and older Lincoln models from which to choose. We are sure you are going to find the new 2017 Lincoln Continental to be as beautiful and luxurious as those of days gone by. We invite you to schedule a test-drive with us on our website or come in and visit us today. Just tell us what you want, and we will take care of the rest for the life of your Lincoln. We are happy to serve you no matter where you are, and we will come to you whether you are in Buckhead, Marietta, Vinings, Cumming, Milton, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Alpharetta—just give us a call and we’ve got you covered.
Note: The Lincoln Continental has been featured in the following movies: “Goldfinger,” “Marnie,” “Live Free or Die Hard,” “The World’s Fastest Indian,” “Giant,” “The Sweet Smell of Success,” and has been featured in television series such as “The Twilight Zone,” “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,” “CHiPs,” “Green Acres,” “Perry Mason,” and many more. The Lincoln Continental is most definitely an iconic luxury car that commands to be noticed. Although the production of the Lincoln Continental halted in 2002, it is back as of 2017 and it’s everything you have been waiting for, with a highly affordable sticker price to boot. Notable: The 2017 Lincoln Continental is assembled in Flat Rock, Michigan, USA.