There aren’t too many modern vehicles that have engines of mammoth ...
There aren’t too many modern vehicles that have engines of mammoth proportions—think 7.0-liters or the higher— and those that do are stupidly fast and the astronomically expensive.
Notable examples include a 8.0-liter Bugatti Chiron, 7.0-liter Aston Martin Vulcan, absurd 8.4-liter Dodge Viper.
So in the sense, large engines and the high price tags are still correlated to this day, and not to the same extent that they were in 1978. At that point in history, the Lincoln Continental had the 7.5-liter V8 that produced the paltry 224 hp.
That kind of horsepower-per-liter ratio sounds pathetic to us nowadays, and in 1978, it was the very definition of luxury. That is not the case anymore.
The 2017 Lincoln Continental comes with the Matthew McConaughey’s seal of approval as well as the three engine options, a 3.7-liter V6, the twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6, and the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6.
They make 305 hp, 335 hp, and 400 hp respectively, the vast improvement over the ancient power plant from 1978. But how does that look like in the real life? The Fast Lane Car was curious enough to put the two vehicles together for the drag race.
The results are obvious from a get-go and if they weren’t, well, Ford would have quite the few problems on its hands.
However, the old Continental has one trick up its sleeve: gobs of the torque output that is on par with a new Continental.
Can it redeem itself using torque alone even though it only has the three speed automatic transmission? See for yourself and don’t get your hopes up too high.
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