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Oct
23
2017 Lincoln Continental

2017 Lincoln Continental in Diamond Black Metallic

2015 Audi Q52017 Lincoln Continental Black Label

Class: Premium Large Car

Miles driven: 29

Fuel used: 1.4 gallons

Jan
12
2017 Lincoln Continental

2017 Lincoln Continental

2016 Detroit Auto Show logoAfter reviving the Continental name on a concept sedan shown at the 2015 New York Auto Show, Lincoln followed up by unveiling the production 2017 Lincoln Continental at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Mar
30
Continental Concept

Lincoln resurrects a classic name for an all-new big car.

Presented here is an unedited press release from Ford Motor Company introducing the Lincoln Continental Concept in advance of the 2015 New York Auto Show.

NEW YORK, March 30, 2015 –Lincoln today introduces the Continental Concept, signaling an all-new full-size sedan coming next year and the future of quiet luxury.

Elegant, effortlessly powerful and serene, the Continental Concept blends meticulous craftsmanship and technologies designed to create better drivers and provide passengers with a more relaxing and entertaining environment inspired by first-class travel.

Apr
24
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Our test Continental GT Speed arrived in “St. James Red” and equipped up to $229,340, including a $2725 destination charge and $1700 Gas Guzzler Tax.

2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed

Dates tested: 4/01/2014-4/04/2014

Miles Driven: 144

Fuel Used: 8.5 gallons

Apr
01
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What if a company other than Ford had designed the 1956-1957 Mark II? Frank Peiler answers that question. In this case, Chrysler gets a shot at the legendary Continental coupe.

by Frank Peiler

It’s just my opinion, but I think that the 1956-57 Continental Mark II was one of the best designs to come out of Detroit (Dearborn) in the 20th Century, or at least post World War II.  Its clean, dignified, uncluttered lines were in sharp contrast to the flamboyant chrome-laden cars of the day.

Jun
27
Giant Bentley Key

The key fob of the Bentley Continental GTC Speed is heavier than conventional fobs.

The Bentley Continental GTC Speed is one of the most luxurious vehicles on the planet, and as such, it has a key to match its opulence. After all, a chintzy plastic fob would dilute the ownership experience (we’re looking at you, BMW M5).

Jun
03

2014 Bentley Continental GTC Speed convertible

Since the Volkswagen Group took over stewardship of Bentley, the German carmaker has pretty much left its British subsidiary to its own devices. VW provides some chassis and powertrain expertise while Bentley’s own designers and engineers craft the equivalent of automotive sculpture inside and out. This partnership has paid dividends, as Bentley has seen its sales consistently increase in the U.S. (its biggest market) and around the world.

You might not need us to tell you that a Bentley is fabulous. Stunning lines, sumptuous interiors, and tremendous power are just a few of the many high points of the brand’s entire product line.

What’s not to love? Price and fuel economy are obvious things, but a few of the niggles I had with our recent 2014 Bentley Continental GTC Speed convertible go a bit deeper than that. While this is still an absolutely wonderful grand touring sports car, this shining diamond has a few flaws.

Disclaimer: The spleen venting here is strictly that of the author, and the opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent those of the entirety of Consumer Guide Automotive.

Mar
01

Packard Clipper Pan American

Note: Frank Peiler is the publisher emeritus of Consumer Guide Automotive. For more of Frank’s “What If?” artwork, check out his blogs on the 1957 Packard, Cord 810, and 1957 Mercury Turnpike.

Jan
18

2014 Continental GTC Speed

 At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Bentley showed off its 2014 Continental GTC Speed, the high-performance version of its popular Continental GTC exotic convertible.

The GT Speed Convertible is powered by a turbocharged 616-horsepower W12 hooked to an 8-speed automatic transmission. (Non-Speed Continentals with the W12 engine have 567 horsepower). The Speed treatment includes a lowered suspension, a unique black intake manifold, retuned steering, 21-inch wheels (available in silver or dark-tinted), dark-chrome front grilles, and the “Mulliner Driving Specification,” which includes drilled accelerator and brake pedals, diamond-quilted upholstery on the seats and door panels, a knurled gear lever, and optional embroidered emblems in the seat backs. Options include carbon-fiber or wood interior trim, dark-colored machine-turned aluminum panels on the dashboard, and a high-end “Naim for Bentley” audio system.

The transmission shifter is equipped with a Sport mode gate, and it conjures up quicker throttle response, higher-rpm shifts, and faster kick-down shifts. Just like all other Bentley Continentals, the 2014 GT Speed Convertible is all-wheel drive.

All told, this droptop reaches 60 mph from a stop in 4.1 seconds and peaks at 202 mph. Not that Bentley buyers typically care, but the 2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible is rated to get 12 mpg city/20 mpg highway.

Aug
21
2014 Flying Spur

This is the current Continental Flying Spur sedan. Chris expects the new version to include a sleeker, less-formal look via new outer body panels.

Bentley is putting the final touches on a major update of its Continental Flying Spur sedans. According to Britain’s Autocar magazine, the revised versions will launch in late 2013 with fresh styling, a first-time V8 option, revamped interiors, and assorted technical changes.

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