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Did you know that Lincoln cars were equipped with BMW engines? And it was a diesel! Lincoln and diesel? Exactly: in 1984-85, the Continental and Mark VII models could be purchased with a 2.4-liter six-cylinder diesel made in Germany.

While GM was trying to develop its own diesel engine based on a small block, which, however, was not famous for its reliability and performance, Ford decided to turn to European partners, because it was in Europe that the best diesel engines were made at that time.

Thus, under the hood of the 1984 Lincoln Continental Mark VII appeared a “European” 115-horsepower BMW diesel. At that time, standard Lincoln models were equipped with a 5-liter gasoline V8 (150-180 hp). The lack of power was planned to be compensated for by much lower fuel consumption: 11.8 for the diesel versus 17.6 l/100 km for the gasoline V8.

The diesel Continental with a ZF 4-speed automatic transmission accelerated to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 13.9 seconds. The V8 petrol models easily managed the sprint in the 10-second range.

Advertisements promoting the Mark VII contrasted it with Mercedes-Benz models, claiming that “Mercedes now has something it didn’t have before. Competition.” The idea that Mercedes JUST NOW had a competitor in the form of a car with a BMW straight-six engine was, of course, very silly. But if anyone was going to look at the Mark VII as a competitor to German cars, it would be the BMW 633CSi/635CSi and Mercedes 380SEC.

The diesel engine, however, cost an additional $1,235.

Lincoln dropped the BMW diesel after the 1985 model year. It is believed that only 500 to 1,500 units were made. Despite their rarity, they are not sought after by collectors, and prices now range from about $1,500 to $10,000.

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