2020 Aviator Is the Most Powerful Lincoln Ever, With 600 Lb-Ft of Torque

A 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 and hybrid assist give Lincoln's new three-row crossover 450 horsepower in Grand Touring trim.

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Pop quiz: What's the most powerful Lincoln ever made? Your first guess was probably something from the '60s or '70s, a big behemoth of a luxury car with a massive V8 under the hood. As of today, you're wrong. Meet the new king of Lincoln power: The Aviator, which, in Grand Touring trim, packs 450 horses and 600 lb-ft of torque courtesy of a twin-turbo V6 and hybrid assist.

Lincoln calls this a "three-row midsize premium utility," and it's the first vehicle to embody the automaker's new design vision: Quiet Flight, which Lincoln describes as supporting (we're quoting directly here) "tenets of beauty, gliding, human and a crafted sanctuary."

The base-model Aviator is rear-drive, with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 putting 400 horses and an equal amount of torque through a 10-speed push-button automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional, and stepping up to the Aviator Grand Touring adds the hybrid boost system that nets 50 more horses and 200 additional lb-ft. Conventional drivetrains get five drive modes—Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery, and Deep Conditions—while the hybrid adds Pure EV and Preserve EV to take advantage of the electrified drivetrain.

Lincoln emphasized the notion that the Aviator will offer a luxurious experience even before you slide behind the wheel. When the vehicle senses the driver approaching (via a signal from the key fob), it lowers on its air suspension for easier entry. A new smartphone app, Phone As A Key, allows drivers to operate the vehicle without the fob, or grant temporary or permanent access to trusted people via their smartphone, similar to the feature offered by Tesla.

Inside, Lincoln's 30-way adjustable front seats and an available 28-speaker Revel audio system ensure maximum comfort. Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus offers available safety and driver-assist features including adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go traffic assistance, autonomous parallel- and perpendicular parking, and steering and braking assist for crash avoidance. Lincoln's Black Label design packages, which specify color palettes and upholstery options around themes like Flight, Chalet and Destination, are also available.

And Lincoln even found a way to update the traditional seatbelt and headlight chimes. The automaker partnered with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to record a series of audible warnings, played by symphony musicians and recorded live, to replace the standard beeps and dings found in other automobiles. It's a neat nod to Detroit, and a creative take on something we always thought of as ubiquitous.

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