New Lincoln Continental Features Suicide Doors

Posted: Dec 21 2018, 10:42am CST | by , Updated: Dec 22 2018, 1:58am CST, in Cars & Vehicles


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New Lincoln Continental Features Suicide Doors

The new Lincoln Continental is going old school and bringing back the popular suicide of the 1960's. Should more cars do this?

While the Lincoln Continental has been a popular model since it was introduced in 1939, it hasn't always been available, occasionally disappearing from Lincoln's lineup to make room for other cars. It was reintroduced in 2017, but it's the upcoming 2019 Special Edition Continental that we're excited about. This beautiful powerhouse features a throwback to the 1960s with Coach or Suicide Doors.

What Are Suicide Doors?

First, if you're not familiar with '60s style cars, what are suicide doors? Also called coach doors, these are rear doors that open back toward the trunk of the car instead of forward. They were initially used on horse-drawn carriages, but automotive manufacturers mostly avoided them because the public saw them as unsafe.

Suicide doors gained their negative moniker because of their habit of injuring someone if they stepped out of the car — especially if a passing vehicle struck the door. In the '30s, they were supposedly also popular with mobsters because it made it easier to shove someone out of a moving car.

While they might be called suicide doors in the custom car industry, car companies prefer the less controversial name "coach doors."

2019 Continental Coach Edition Specs

Other than the suicide doors, what makes the 2019 Continental different from the ones that came before it? First of all, it will be equipped with a 3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 engine that can generate 400 horsepower easily. It is also slightly longer than previous models to compensate for the new door design. The wheelbase of this particular model is 6 inches longer than other Continentals.

The rear seats have also been redesigned to make it easier to get out of the car with these new doors. The rear doors are even longer than the front ones.

This will also be a limited run. Lincoln is only planning on manufacturing 80 of these Coach Door special editions for 2019, and a currently unspecified number for 2020. They may be waiting to see how these new cars are received before they decide how many to produce for the 2020 model year.

Making It Yours

The only thing the new Continental doesn't have going for it is the colors. You've got five Black Label colors to choose from - Black Velvet, Chroma Caviar Dark Gray Premium Met, Chroma Elite Copper Premium Met, Rhapsody Blue Metallic and White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat. Also, only two interior color options will be available: Chalet and Thoroughbred.

While you might not be able to do much about the interior, you don't have to be limited to those five choices when it comes to exterior color. A total car wrap allows you to customize the shade as much as you like without damaging the clear coat or voiding your warranty or lease agreement. Choose a matte finish, a spectacular bright color or even a pattern — the possibilities are endless.

It will be interesting to see how well the new suicide doors on the Lincoln Continental are received next year. The internet seems to be divided — some people love them, while others think they should have stayed in the '60s. What do you think?

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
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