2009 Lincoln Town Car | new car review
They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to, and with the world running low on oil, they probably won’t make them like this for much longer. The Lincoln Town Car is becoming shockingly out of date in this day and age – it’s just a little too old, too heavy and under performs in many aspects of efficiency. Saying that, in some of the more oil-rich areas of the world, the big ol’ Town Car goes down very well, and that’s why it’s still for sale in the Middle East… I doubt they’ve sold one this year in America!
This is as big as a saloon car can get without building bigger roads, so if you’re after a bit more road presence and the ultimate levels of waft-along comfort, then the Town Car would be very hard to beat, unless, of course, you look at the Ford Crown Victoria, on which the Lincoln is based. As usual with the Lincoln and Ford story, it is the Lincoln cars and SUVs that are a little more dressed-up than their more run-of-the-mill cousins from Ford. But, under the skin-deep beauty, the Town Car and the Crown Victoria are the same car – it just depends how you want to dress-up your huge city cruiser.
The large and obvious chrome front grille and acres of chrome highlighting throughout the bodywork give this behemoth away as a Lincoln at pretty much first glance – there’s a certain ostentation to the Lincoln brand which many of its buyers find attractive; it’s just a bit of a wonder in this day and age, just how long that fascination with big is beautiful can really last. With your Town Car you get a vast bonnet, huge interior and massive trunk, in fact everything is super-sized in the Town Car, and until huge SUVs came along, this was the biggest and best for hauling large families large distances.
Once you’ve found your way around the truly vast interior, you will start to see that the Town Car is quite well equipped, as only a car of this size can really be. You’ll find electric windows and door mirrors, 17-inch alloys wheels, rear parking assistance, keyless entry with central locking, CD/radio stereo, soft and huge leather seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, front and side airbags, automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals and power-adjustable front seats. If it had some plumbing, you could probably live in it!
There is, of course, a nice big V8 engine burbling away under that one-acre hood, but not quite as big as you might think. At 4.6-litres this V8 petrol engine is starting to look a little wimpy compared the big and juicy 5.4-litre and 5.7-litre motors out there, and, let’s face it, with the Lincoln Town Car there’s quite some serious weight to haul. Making just enough power at 265bhp and 305Nm of torque, the big Town Car will get going eventually, but she’s no sprinter – more of a super-quiet, super-comfy cruiser.
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Price Range (AED): 150,000-195,000