darling of the limousine industry receives a number of improvements for 2003 as
it attempts to modernize its look and feel while not abandoning its traditional
buying group. The body has been conservatively facelifted with a larger, more
upright grille and a slightly larger trunk.
interior has undergone a similar redo, boasting a real-wood-and-leather steering
wheel. A soon-to-be-tradmark Lincoln clock sits atop a dash covered with a slathering
of fake wood surrounding the repositioned climate and audio controls. All in all,
it's a major improvement that looks and feels more today than yesterday. Town
Car "L" models add almost six inches of legroom to the rear passengers
for that true limousine feeling.
biggest difference lies in the way the Town Car drives, which is much livelier
thanks to a redesigned frame, new steering and front suspension designs. The standard
V-8 produces 239 hp and 287 lb-ft of torque. Safety features include four-wheel
disc brakes with ABS and EBD, "smart" front air bags, side-impact air
bags and seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters. It's a lot of car for
the money -- a lot of car, period.