FWD is a great platform for what it is. Now, these are my opinions, which are also somewhat based on my former 20 years in fleet maintenance industry & over 40+ years of cars overall...
1. it's obviously advantageous over RWD in bad weather. Putting more weight over the front wheels that are also driving (pulling), maximizing traction.
2. Initial COST: it's far cheaper for a company design & install a FWD drivetrain than building a RWD platform. (this is a huge reason why the industry has gone to FWD platforms, btw)
3. A more compact platform end to end (ie hood length, etc)
4. Overall weight savings a FWD design offers.
1. Weight distribution in the overall chassis suffers with a strong front weight bias; steering, handling, etc also suffers.
2. COST: Though it is cheaper for a company to build; FWD is far more expensive to maintain for the end-user than a RWD solid axle housing solution. (Half-shafts, CV boots, tire wear, etc is all exponentially greater in cost and in frequency than a RWD).
3. FWD platforms are also generally weaker- not only when it comes to HP limitations, but also more vulnerable to road damage and abuse. This is why military and civil service vehicles like Police, Fire, etc are all RWD-based. RWD is more robust.
4. FWD-based AWD systems are generally FWD biased by design.
5. The Instantaneous visible recognition of the FWD platform. Would be nice to have a bit more sleekness that RWD can offer.
IMHO, Lincoln missed the boat when they chose to implement basically a stretched Taurus FWD platform (likely a beancounter decision), instead of coming up with a RWD, longitudinally-oriented engine/trans, even if exclusive to Continental...and could be shared with Navigator. This is what Cadillac did with the CT6 to step away from a FWD-based platform (as in the XTS) and used RWD for CT6, and likely their forthcoming flagship model featuring RWD with a longitudinal mounted engine. RWD can still host AWD for those who desire it ( I do, personally) much like the CT6 AWD solution, or Mercedes' RWD-based AWD system.
Please don't think I'm ragging on your car- heck I'm seriously considering one! All those above things aside, I'm happy Lincoln brought back the Conti...now when V2 comes out, perhaps they'll take it to the next step and go RWD. Granted, it will cost more via MSRP...but will cost you less after purchase to maintain it.
Packages- yeah, I hear you. IMO it would be good for Lincoln to offer the services portion of Black Label as an option for all the Conti variants, I don't care for the implementation of the three BlackLabel interiors, either....Having said that, looking at packages & options... just the moonroof option alone is $1,750...and that is included in the $4300 Rear Seat package that has a ton of other stuff....but everybody has different priorities and values. Would I buy it without the rear seat pkg? Possibly. IMO, it's sad one has to include the adaptive cruise with stop n go, with the technology package...would like to have just the latter.
Question: Do you have adaptive cruise w/ stop n go? if so, is the stop n go defeatable at all?
2nd Question: have you seen the Jade grey interior in person? if so, thoughts?
(edit) I downloaded the Owners Manual (March 2017 version 3) and it says the stop/start is defeatable if you press the "off" button on the left side of the steering wheel when you come to a stop and the system notifies you it's going to stop the motor..there is also some sort of menu option in the control menu Look for "information displays" on pg 115...settings/advanced settings/ Auto Engine off; it's unclear if you can disable that in the menu I just described. Hopefully there is something available other than hitting the off button on the steering wheel or it's going to get worn-out quickly...lol I also saw the HUD info in the manual, which is very promising.
Edited by 1BlinkGone, 12 February 2017 - 11:33 AM.