Both sets of doors open a full 90 degrees to create quite an entrance when getting in or out of this big sedan.
The rumours 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 saloons will be a very rare sight on the road in America. A few more of them will arrive for the 2020 model year, though.
While the Continental Coach Door Edition looks quite a bit like the standard model at first glance, the special edition actually has an extra 15.24 cm 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."
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 polarised sunglasses.
The Coach Door models will come exclusively with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 400 bhp and 400 pound-feet of torque.
The Continental Coach Door Edition will arrive at U.S. 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.
Gallery: Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition
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80th Anniversary Lincoln Continental Arrives in Style with Iconic Center-Opening Doors
Introduction of Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition pays homage to the iconic style of the 1960s
This limited-edition Continental offers nod to heritage while providing refinements for today’s discerning luxury client, such as an elegantly crafted rear-seat pass- through console with stowable tray table and tablet holder
Limited run of 80 units, honoring Continental’s 80th anniversary, will be produced for the 2019 model year, each personalized with a unique badge; Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition is scheduled to arrive next summer
NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2018 – “Notice the doors,” the vintage advertisement for the Lincoln Continental began. “And notice how they open. From the center, to make everyone’s entrances graceful.”
With that, an enduring automotive design legend was born – the coach doors – or “suicide doors,” in the vernacular of enthusiasts. They conveyed elegance and a touch of Hollywood glamour.
Today, six decades later, Lincoln is bringing back a modern version of these iconic center-opening doors with the introduction of the Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition. A limited run of just 80 units will be produced.
The Continental Coach Door Edition arrives as Lincoln is riding a new wave of product momentum. Following the reveal of the all-new Lincoln Aviator at the Los Angeles Auto Show, this 80th Anniversary Continental celebrates the heritage of one of America’s most beloved luxury sedans.
“This Lincoln Continental echoes a design that captured the hearts of car enthusiasts around the world,” says Joy Falotico, president, The Lincoln Motor Company. “It’s something bespoke or unique only Lincoln can offer in a thoroughly modern way.”
Glamour and allure
Lincoln Continental began as a custom luxury vehicle hand-crafted by chief stylist Eugene T. Gregorie for Edsel Ford in 1939. Years later, the 1961 Continental introduced the unique center-opening doors and a chrome-accented upper shoulder line that established a signature look for Lincoln.
“The center-opening doors became synonymous with the Lincoln Continental, even though they were only featured primarily in the ’60s,” says David Woodhouse, design director, The Lincoln Motor Company. “But they struck such a chord that they’re still remembered so fondly today.”
Woodhouse says the element is both dramatic and distinctive. “It was truly a watershed moment for us in terms of iconic design,” he adds.
Each of the 80 units in this limited production for 2019 will have a special door sill plate featuring its number in the run. A limited number of additional Continental Coach Door Edition sedans will be available as well for the 2020 model year.
The Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door provides the refinements and advanced features today’s luxury vehicle client desires. From the doors to the seating to the Lincoln Black Label interior, no detail has been overlooked. Rear-seat amenities are uniquely tailored, featuring an elegantly crafted pass-through console that offers a stowable tray table with tablet holder and wireless charging pad.
Rear-seat passengers will be more comfortable than ever. The six inches added to the car’s wheelbase allow for the placement of the larger coach doors, while also delivering best-in-class second-row legroom.
Celebrating form and function
The center-opening coach doors are a celebration of both form and function. Woodhouse says they showcase the interior of an exceptionally beautiful vehicle. The 90-degree opening makes for easy, graceful entry and exit by allowing passengers to turn to sit to enter, then exit the car by stepping forward and out.
“People appreciate elegance and glamour,” says Woodhouse. “And they want the easiest way to get in and out of a vehicle. These doors answer to both.”
The car is meticulously crafted inside and out, integrating technologies that both assist and entertain. This Continental senses a driver’s approach and lights up with Lincoln’s trademark sequential welcoming embrace. Its award-winning Head-Up display contributes to a custom driving experience by letting drivers choose what information is projected onto the windshield display. The feature is so innovative that it is visible even with ambient lighting and when the driver is wearing polarized sunglasses.
In keeping with the spirit of arriving in style, the 2019 Lincoln Continental’s innovative electronic door system allows doors to be unlatched in a smooth, single motion, making entry and exit both effortless and quiet.
With Lincoln’s exclusive 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, Continental delivers the power and performance today’s luxury clients expect with an impressive 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. Three Drive Modes, including Normal, Sport and Comfort, allow clients to personalize their driving experience.
To complement its smooth, powerful drive, this special edition features Perfect Position seats that adjust 30 ways, plus Active Noise Control for a quiet interior. A Revel® Ultima Audio experience allows drivers to select one of three listening modes, including stereo, audience and on-stage.
Continental clients will have their choice of Lincoln Black Label themes, the brand’s most personalized level of luxury, including Chalet and Thoroughbred. Lincoln Black Label not only provides the highest quality of materials in customized designer themes, it also offers a host of membership privileges. These include annual vehicle detailing, anytime carwashes, and access to a selection of restaurants where noted chefs will provide a curated dining experience.
This limited-edition model is available to order now through Lincoln Black Label dealers. The Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition is set to arrive next summer .