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#21 OFFLINE   RichardK

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 04:21 PM

I read a quick review in Motor Trend the other day. They pointed out the Continental has a complete emphasis on luxury features with Ford achieving what they set out to do. Unlike some other so called luxury brands, which try to mix luxury with performance and missing the mark.


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#22 OFFLINE   brucelinc

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 09:27 AM

I read a quick review in Motor Trend the other day. They pointed out the Continental has a complete emphasis on luxury features with Ford achieving what they set out to do. Unlike some other so called luxury brands, which try to mix luxury with performance and missing the mark.

 

I like that they downplay the performance aspects.  I consider it under-promising and over-delivering.   Even Car & Driver said that engaging sport mode, "pays off with moves that approach sports sedan standards."   They also recorded a 5.0 second 0-60.   While NOT emphasizing performance in any way, I suspect most of Lincoln's customers will be pleasantly surprised.   Much better than having high expectations and then being disappointed.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 09:39 AM

How do you find the handling/weight distribution?   A CD6 based Conti would theoretically provide better weight distribution and better handling.   It would also allow more power but it doesn't sound like it really needs more power.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 09:52 AM

Based on the hard copy Car & Driver report, the weight distribution is 58.9% front/41.1% rear.  By comparison, the Cadillac CT6 is 52.9/47.1.  The Conti roadholding was .84 g compared with .86 for the Cadillac.  The Lincoln had all season Michelins and the Caddy had Pirelli P zeros.  In the Continental road test, they indicated that the stability system in the Conti inhibited the skidpad results. 


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 09:54 AM

I have no doubt that the CD6 version will improve everything.  By the way, I think about everything needs more power.   :)


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 10:22 AM

I have no doubt that the CD6 version will improve everything.  By the way, I think about everything needs more power.   :)

 

Obviously, since you are already planning on new tunes for your Conti! :)


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 10:54 AM

I do draw the line where additional power requires a super stiff suspension.   I would not be interested in CTS-V or Hellcat HP if I had to live with the harshness every day.   I just like cars that float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.    

 

I will take the Conti to the drag strip on occasion but likely not as often as I did the MKS.   It is just so much fun to have a land yacht that can run with or out run the guys with their Mustangs, Camaros, and hemi Challengers.       


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 05:03 PM

The additional miles that I have accumulated since my initial owners report have vastly improved the car's transmission shift quality. It no longer feels like an invisible hand shuts off the engine during the shift.

While shifts are still barely perceptable in normal driving, the shifts have gotten quicker and firmer under wide open throttle. The lazy laggy shift behavior was the only complaint I had about the car's performance. Apparently break-in miles and the transmission's adaptive learning have done the trick.
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 05:10 PM

The additional miles that I have accumulated since my initial owners report have vastly improved the car's transmission shift quality. It no longer feels like an invisible hand shuts off the engine during the shift.

While shifts are still barely perceptable in normal driving, the shifts have gotten quicker and firmer under wide open throttle. The lazy laggy shift behavior was the only complaint I had about the car's performance. Apparently break-in miles and the transmission's adaptive learning have done the trick.

 

Yeah, I was going to say, Ford's transmissions have had the adaptive learning that tailor them better to how you drive......so if you putz along and accelerate slowly for a while, it'll behave best for that, but if you start driving like a maniac after that, it'll shift poorly for a bit while it gets accustomed to the new driving behavior.


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 05:59 PM

I've known a former Ford tranny engineer for 15+ years. Adaptive learning has nothing to do with how you drive. It simply compares actual shift times to factory specs and adjust shift pressures to keep them consistent over the life of the vehicle.

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 06:10 PM

OASIS MESSAGE :
THE 6F50 AND 6F55 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION UTILIZES AN ADAPTIVE LEARNING ROUTINE
TO ASSIST IN OPTIMIZING SHIFT QUALITY. THE TRANSMISSION MAY HAVE FIRM AND/OR
SOFT SHIFTS WHEN FIRST DELIVERED DUE TO IMMATURE LEARNING. THIS OPERATION IS
CONSIDERED NORMAL AND WILL NOT AFFECT FUNCTION OR DURABILITY OF THE
TRANSMISSION.

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 07:52 PM

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