2002 Lincoln Town Car & Instrumented Test & Car and Driver

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Lincoln Town Car

Improved, Habit-forming, no.

Of all the synopses we might to quantify the 2003 Lincoln Car, we confess that addictive experience never occurred to us. composed, yes. More yes. Better-looking, still But addictive?


Nonetheless, driving experience is the three-word statement describing the engineering Lincoln has set in its latest attempt at It’s laudable, for sure, and to some current Lincolns the LS sedan comes to mind it even approaches reality. But our perspective, the updated Town Car is no addictive than tofu or Jell-O.

That said, there is improvement here, going down into the bones. The frame rails are hydroformed the No. 2 crossmember #8212; supporting the mounts and front suspension is hefty cast aluminum, and No.

3 #8212; a little aft of the front wells #8212; has been According to the engineering team, measures add up to a 24-percent improvement in rigidity, particularly noteworthy in a automobile. (It’s easier to rigidity when the body and the frame rails are integrated, as is with almost all passenger today.)

The new front framework a redesigned front suspension short and long control with coil springs, shocks, and an anti-roll bar #8212; more important, a new variable-assist rack-and-pinion steering system, the old recirculating-ball setup.

There’s another significant at the rear of the car. It’s a live axle, located by a linkage, but just above ultra-traditional mechanicals the designers did a thing. They moved the tire from its former perch, squarely in the middle of the into the right fender

This increases trunk only slightly #8212; cubic feet versus for the previous model #8212; but up the middle, and that, plus a increase in the width of the decklid and a fractional reduction in lift-over make the cargo hold easier to get at.

Although front-seat travel has increased by 1.5 inches, interior are unchanged, since roominess has been a selling point of largest of American passenger Accordingly, the interior-design team was to devote its development budget to updates, including a new instrument that looks simultaneously elegant and more contemporary.

As expect, all Town Cars with a comprehensive list of luxury features, and if the seats are devoid of lateral support, at least power adjustable, clad, and living-room comfy. the car’s mission, though, mystified by a couple of omissions: is no one-touch-up feature for the power and no driver’s … pedal. the competition, guys.

The exterior has also received tweaks, a much bigger being the most readily of them.

Lincoln Town Car

Although the Town chassis dimensions are essentially #8212; as before, it’s in standard (117.7 inches) and (123.7 inches) versions the various structural and noise-reducing add up to substantial gains (about 200 at the scales. Revisions to the intake of the 4.6-liter SOHC V-8 improve slightly #8212; 239 horsepower and 287 of torque versus 235 and 275, for the uplevel version of the engine in #8212; but not enough to offset the mass. As a consequence, it is slower the 8.2-second 0-to-60 of the last Car we tested (December 1997).

Which brings us to the tricky of driving addictions. What can we With its new steering system, chassis, 17-inch wheels, and braking, the ’03 Town Car has a competent feel than its

Nautical expressions such as pitch, roll, and float come to mind as often, and the although overboosted at low speeds, more information to the driver ever before.

But we still the notion unlikely that would drive this car for and the Town Car still gives up a of punch versus the Northstar-powered DeVille, its only real

Lincoln marketing people admit the car’s prime is keeping current owners their average age is 70 #8212; back for more. So the targeting is What’s not so clear is the future of good old Yankee traditional. along the lines of world end?

Or would it be more all things must pass?

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