I did not know how it would affect my karma rating but I guess I should say it now, I test drive cars for a living. Anyways this is what I found with the 2002 Thunderbird. Ford's new Thunderbird is all about styleÂfrom its '50s-inspired interior to the porthole windows in the hardtop. The V8 was borrowed from the Lincoln LS and gives a smooth, steady, power. When I maintained a steady speed the engine was almost silent and created a quite ride, although there is still quite a bit of wind noise. On a scale of 1-10 I would give this car an 8.