It has been a long, long time since Buick has managed a proper performance car, but if the Buick Avista Concept is any indication, it’s coming soon. The Avista is a 2+2 coupe sized about the same as a Camaro with a 400hp, twin-turbo V-6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
What Is It?
At last year’s Detroit Auto Show, Buick pulled the wraps off the Avenir concept and almost stole the show from Lincoln. This year, the Avista Concept — released ahead of the official show media previews — almost definitely owns the show.
The Avenir is a four-place grand touring coupe that utilizes a lot of existing General Motors design and technology, making its production all but guaranteed. The car appears to be based on the Camaro’s Alpha platform, which also underpins the Cadillac ATS, so it makes sense that the only other GM car division would get a crack at it, too.
The engine is a 400hp, twin-turbo 3.0L V-6 with Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and Stop/Start technology. The engine is backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission and Magnetic Ride Control delivers more precise body motion control. All of this equipment is in production in other Buick or GM models, so it’s not a stretch to see this amazing concept in production at some point.
What Does Buick Say?
“The Avista embodies the dynamic soul of Buick,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing. “It is a modern expression of the brand’s heritage of sophisticated performance, communicated with beautiful elegance.”
When Does It Go On Sale?
As this is a concept, there’s no official production or on sale date.