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Buick Powers “Supers” With V-8s


 

Coming next from Buick: two “Super” models powered by two different V-8 engines.

GM confirms that the 2008 Buick LaCrosse Super and the 2008 Buick Lucerne Super will be on display next week at the New York Auto Show. Buick last used the Super designation in the 1950s, but General Motors brass believes the revival of the name underscores the brand's commitment to elegance, refinement, and power.

"We're bringing back the Super badge to represent our most premium models," said Steve Shannon, Buick general manager. "Our Supers are not just about increased horsepower. They represent an elevation in design, premium content, and ride characteristics that are exclusive to the premium badge," he added.

The LaCrosse, which will be ready next fall, will come equipped with GM's small-block 5.3-liter V-8, which is capable of producing 300 horsepower. The engine also comes equipped with active fuel management, which deactivates four cylinders at cruising speed to save fuel, according to Dave Whittaker, the vehicle line executive responsible for the LaCrosse.

The chassis has been reworked to make it make firmer and more responsive while at the same time retaining the comfortable ride that traditionally has been one of the Buick's hallmarks, he added. The changes also include more precise steering, larger front and rear brake rotors, and Bilstein monotube struts, GM said. The LaCrosse Super also features 18-inch wheels.

The Super is the first and only LaCrosse model with Buick's famous portholes as well as a new waterfall grille, a new hood and a new front fascia. In the interior, the LaCrosse Super will feature a new seat with increased bolstering covered in a woven embossed leather, as well as wood-grain appearance accents on the instrument panel, center console, door, and gear shift knob. The Super also will get exclusive instrument cluster graphics and new front sill plates and a silver finish on the instrument panel.

The Buick Lucerne Super, meanwhile, will come equipped with the 4.6-liter Northstar V-8, which produces 292 horsepower. This Super also has an enhanced chassis with GM’s magnetic ride control system. It also will come with the signature portholes, a new bright chrome waterfall grille that will serve as the new face of Buick, new front and rear fascias, integrated dual exhaust tips, rocker panels, and a special Super badge on the decklid.

Inside the Lucerne Super will feature a leather-wrapped instrument panel, leather seats with perforated suede fabric inserts for the outboard seating positions, and suede door-trim inserts, as well as a heated steering wheel.

GM also plans to offer three different standard-equipment packages, including one which enhances driver confidence, a luxury package, and a comfort and convenience package. OnStar's turn-by-turn voice guided navigation system, XM Satellite Radio, and the Harman Kardon audio system are also standard.

 

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