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Old 06-12-2012, 02:47 AM   #1
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2013 Buick Verano Turbo Debuts with 250 HP

2013 Buick Verano Turbo Debuts with 250 Horsepower
Award-winning engine at the heart of luxury sedan’s effortless performance
General Motors

June 12, 2012


DETROIT – Buick today announced the 2013 Verano Turbo luxury sedan will be powered by an Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged engine with direct injection and continuously variable valve timing that produces an SAE-certified 250 horsepower (187 kW) at 5300 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) of torque at 2000 rpm. Acceleration from 0-60 mph is an estimated 6.2 seconds.

The Verano Turbo goes on sale later this year.

More than 90 percent of the Verano Turbo’s peak torque – more than 234 lb.-ft. – is available between 1700 to 5500 rpm. Its closest competitor, the 2013 Acura ILX 2.4L, offers a peak of 170 lb.-ft. of torque.

“The 2.0L turbo engine was designed for refinement, higher output capabilities and reduced noise,” said Amy Joss, Ecotec 2.0L assistant chief engineer. “The way it sounds, the power delivery and the refined character are all fitting of a luxury sedan with a fun side.”

In December, Buick’s 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec engine was named one of WardsAuto World’s 2012 10Best Engines for North America. At the time, the publication’s editor-in-chief, Drew Winter, said: “This engine delivers a level of power and sophistication that redefines Buick.”

The choice to use a small-displacement turbocharged engine for a more powerful Verano model is consistent with Buick’s effort to downsize its powertrains without sacrificing performance. Verano and the Regal luxury sport sedan are available exclusively with four-cylinder engines, while the LaCrosse luxury sedan comes standard with a four-cylinder engine paired with eAssist technology, which uses an electric motor and battery to boost both performance and fuel economy. The standard 2013 Regal four-cylinder engine also is equipped with eAssist.

“Buick’s engine strategy continues to be driven by intelligent performance,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick Marketing. “Four-cylinder engines, turbocharging and eAssist are all the right solutions for today’s market. With these advanced technologies, Buicks are more efficient without sacrificing their smooth, quiet character.”

According to IHS Automotive, use of four-cylinder engines in North American vehicles will grow 74 percent from 6.9 million to 12.2 million units over the next 10 years.

The Verano Turbo will be available with a choice of a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox. Including Regal Turbo and Regal GS, the Buick brand offers more manual transmissions than Ferrari and Lamborghini combined.

Acceleration performance is expected to be consistent between the two transmissions.

Fuel economy numbers are not final, but the Verano Turbo is expected to be in line with Buick’s other turbocharged models. Pricing will be announced closer to the start of production in late 2012.

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Old 06-12-2012, 06:28 AM   #2
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:33 PM   #3
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I want to trade my Avalanche for one of the Buicks but I'm kind of torn. I love the Regal but the VIN starts with a 2 so they're built in Canada. I don't need two Canadian built cars. I like the LaCrosse but it's more pricey and built in the U.S. Both have the ECO 4 cylinder rated at 36 mpg. I like the Verano, but its rated at worst mpg than the regal or lacrosse. I can't decide what to do
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:25 PM   #4
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I want to trade my Avalanche for one of the Buicks but I'm kind of torn. I love the Regal but the VIN starts with a 2 so they're built in Canada. I don't need two Canadian built cars. I like the LaCrosse but it's more pricey and built in the U.S. Both have the ECO 4 cylinder rated at 36 mpg. I like the Verano, but its rated at worst mpg than the regal or lacrosse. I can't decide what to do
That's because Regal and LaCrosse are mild hybrids in base form. Verano simply has the tried and true 2.4L.

32 MPG is still pretty good.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:00 PM   #5
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If only Buick had the Opel Astra tail lamps and trunk. They look much better on the Opel announced for Europe.
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Is this the new 2.0l ecotec motor not the Lnf right? it seems almost as quick as a Stock SS turbo not bad for a luxury car. If only i could afford two car payments lol.
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:10 AM   #8
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If only Buick had the Opel Astra tail lamps and trunk. They look much better on the Opel announced for Europe.
Yeah, but petrol engines only have 100-180hp here, and there are three small diesels...

Guess there will at some point be a VXR edition which will get the 250hp engine.
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Is this the new 2.0l ecotec motor not the Lnf right? it seems almost as quick as a Stock SS turbo not bad for a luxury car. If only i could afford two car payments lol.
It's not the LNF, but it isn't the new 2.0T either. The new 2.0T will go into the ATS.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:38 PM   #10
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Verano Turbo will feature No-Lift Shifting with the manual transmission a la Cobalt SS.
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I remember no lift shifting in my Cobalt makes a nice POP and black smoke if u havent done it in awhile. I kinda do miss my turbo cobalt some lol. IM gonna guess the Turbo verano will prolly start at 28k? So it doesnt suck the life out of the turbo regal?
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:22 PM   #13
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Verano Turbo will come in at under $30k. And there really isn't much of a base Turbo model, it's being packaged as a premium trim, 1ST.

And you're exactly right regarding Regal...it's getting squeezed between Verano and LaCrosse too much. Regal will reportedly move upmarket with the next-gen however.
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I checked this car out and its going to be too heavy, like 3500lbs. I think a 300hp Impala which is also 3500lbs would make for a better DD sedan. I think MPG is really close between the 2 as well. You can also get an Impala for 25-30k
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