Suicide doors are just cool, aren’t they? Hopelessly impractical for quite a lot of the time, admittedly, but brilliantly cool all the same. You don’t see them around much nowadays, except on Rolls-Royces. But thanks to Lincoln, that’s about to change.
To honor the Continental of the ’60s—which, among other things, is famous for having suicide doors—the carmaker is building a limited number of modern-day Continentals with the very same feature. The Continental ‘Coach Door Edition’ celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Continental name, which was first used in 1939. Eighty units will be built for the 2020 model year, each featuring those rather glorious doors.
The whole car is six inches longer than standard to allow for the bigger doors, which open at a 90-degree angle to make ingress and egress as elegant as possible. A flow-through center console features storage and a tablet holder.
Each Conti features a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 generating 400hp and 542Nm, plus lots of leather and wood and a plaque commemorating its specialness.
Cool, or a gimmick for gimmick’s sake?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.