On occasion auto makers will look back on their history and design a new vehicle based on an iconic design. The announcement was just made that a limited edition of the Lincoln Continental will be available next summer.
In marking the 80th anniversary of the nameplate, 80 of the special edition cars will be offered for sale, at a robust sticker price of $100,000. The main selling point of the luxury sedans is the unique access design.
— Autoweek (@AutoweekUSA) December 17, 2018
— Road & Track (@RoadandTrack) December 17, 2018
Hold on — what kind of doors?! Oh dear…
Horrible nickname for this feature: "Lincoln Continental bringing 'suicide doors' back in a special, limited-edition model. https://t.co/5QilLomxZm
— Diane Tuman (@dianetuman) December 17, 2018
— Anne Zanoni (@ninja_CE) December 17, 2018
And I'm sure there's a reason why they became known as "suicide doors," that would also have led to this design being phased out in the first place. https://t.co/pwUfDYOUO0
— David Hutchison (@dhdt) December 17, 2018
You can't call them Suicide Doors lads, fucking hell it's 2018 man! https://t.co/ylSgf5SKob
— Dean Fitch (@fitch_dean) December 17, 2018
Fine, then “coach doors” – better? But then, since we are being hypersensitive and literal, only coaches are permitted to drive these?
Suicide doors how disrespectful for suicide victims
— stephen patton (@st3ph3nxiii) December 17, 2018
— ??? ?????? (@danielhortonseo) December 17, 2018
I suggest rebranding suicide doors as “life doors” https://t.co/z9QildtaHE
— John Stoll (@johndstoll) December 17, 2018
These are the kind of souls who will possibly look to have classic cars songs re-branded as well. Jan & Dean’s “Dead Man’s Curve” is sure to be seen as offensive, no? (Oh no, hope that has not inspired…!!)
This is insane. D'y'all know why they're called suicide doors? It's because if the side of your car gets hit, they bend in. This traps (and often kills) the passengers. https://t.co/kEUAWMXDPa
— Jessica (opinionated) (@unkahnventional) December 17, 2018
Okay, for one: That’s not “suicide”, it’s calamity. And second — “Insane”?! How insensitive.
Finally, fret not. These models are actually equipped with a B-pillar, and that centerpost is actually to meet crash test requirements.
As CNN has explained, the original design of the door configuration was based on production needs at the time.
Ford, Lincoln’s parent company, dictated that the Continental share much of its engineering with the two-door Ford Thunderbird so the two models could be built on the same assembly line. That meant keeping the Continental’s body as short as possible. Passengers could stretch their legs out and stand up and out without having to immediately get around the door.
Okay, fine. That covers the engineering, but what of that grievous choice of names?! At least not everyone is rendered by a colorful term for a car accessory.
Umm I don’t like how they are called suicide doors. They should be called positive reinforcement doors.
— FallingIntoLove (@LoveCanCreate) December 17, 2018
LoL, add this to the list of things that happened before we returned a human to the moon. Lincoln cars getting suicide doors again. https://t.co/FDaVoWZwPN
— C Sheridan (@CSheridan15) December 17, 2018
Can’t wait for the Matthew mcConaughey commercial that comes with it
— JerryAscione (@JerryAscione) December 17, 2018
Suicide doors are really the most practical for entering and exiting a vehicle. Especially when wearing a dress. https://t.co/s5wmDiYwrG
— Miss Geli ?? (@Coach_Melendez) December 17, 2018
Well yes, practicality is involved. Would it be wrong to say “Slay, Queen!”, given the sensitivity of this automotive designation?
— Oki Ali (@OkiAli1) December 17, 2018
Please…do not ruin this for us…