Buick displayed the Buick Avista: Sport Coupe Concept at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. And I think they won the show. The Buick Avista has a 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 powering the rear wheels. The coupe is a true 2+2; meant for a couple, not a family. By the looks of the concept, it would seem that the 2016 Chevorlet Camaro Alpha platform would be the perfect fit. If the 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 is the same as the next generation Cadillac, the peak output would be an estimated 400 horsepower (298 kW) and 400 lb-ft of torque (543 Nm), making it one of the most power-dense V-6 DOHC engines in the world, developing 133 horsepower (99 kW) per liter. GM may detune the Buick a little, but why?
Could we see a 6.2L 455 HP engine out of the 2016 Camaro SS powering a Buick Avista Grand Sport? Or what about a detuned 6.2L supercharged (580-650 HP) out of the 2016 Corvette Z06 into a Buick Avista GTX? It would be an easy way to bring out the performance and sporty image of Buick in the United States. For now, we can only dream.
If you haven’t noticed, Buick’s on the move. I know, I know, a BUICK? In China the Buick Regal is a hot seller, but here in the US, we car nuts have never really thought of Buick as being a “Sporty” car company. Yes, there have been a few Buick’s that rocked… like the 1965 Riviera, 1970 Grand Sport 455, 1971 GSX, and the 1987 Grand National GSX. But in general, Buick’s are what old people drive—think “grandpa’s car.” Times may be changing. Bring on the Buick Avista and add it to the current hot selling Buick Regal and 2016 Buick Cascada convertible and maybe people in the US will start to think Buick as an upscale alternative.
I love the muscular lines and interior design on the Buick Avista concept. The grill needs a little more finishing, but other than that I wouldn’t touch anything on the outside. The interior may be too futuristic for a production car, so don’t expect to see the exact interior design. But if they can just find a nice, simple design with all the great GM Infotainmant features this car should be a home run.
All I can say is—-bring it on Buick! Bring in on!