|Lincoln introduced at the North American International Auto Show an entirely new generation of consumers to the qualities that have made Lincoln a classic American luxury marque for more than 70 years.
The Duratec 30 V-6 is the heart of Lincoln Zephyr's power train. Using intake Variable Cam Timing (i-VCT) to improve torque and reduce emissions, the engine generates 210 horsepower and 200 foot-pounds of torque. More importantly, it is the cleanest Duratec 30 ever, and will be rated for ULEV II tailpipe emissions in California, with a U.S. federal government rating of Tier II, Bin 5 tailpipe and LEV II evaporative emissions in states outside California.
The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transaxle – gradually emerging as the new industry standard for luxury cars. The innovative, wide-ratio transmission plays a key role in Lincoln Zephyr's performance and smooth operation.
The overall span of the ratios is approximately 6:1 versus 4.5:1 for a typical five-speed, which allows this smaller, more fuel-efficient engine to deliver efficient gas mileage along with a strong performance feel. Another feature is that the modern six-speed automatic is lighter than some competitor's four- and five-speed transaxles, boosting performance and economy further.
The Lincoln zephyr also uses an electronic throttle control that works with the electronically controlled transaxle to ensure seamless shifts.
Lincoln Zephyr's two row side air curtains also feature "roll-fold" technology – a Ford Motor Company exclusive in the mid-size segment. If an occupant is improperly seated and resting his or her head against a window, the air bag is designed to slide between the glass and occupant as it inflates. Typical side air curtains unfold like an accordion, using the occupant's head to keep the bag between the glass and the body. Lincoln's roll-fold keeps the air curtain against the glass, even when the occupant is out of position.
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