The Lucerne is an old-fashioned American car that’s probably best compared with the Lexus ES350: lots of luxury but not much sport at a very reasonable price. Front-wheel drive only, the Lucerne comes in three models: the CX and the CXL, which are powered by a 197-hp, 3.8-liter overhead-valve V-6 engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission; and the Super, which has a DOHC 4.6-liter V-8 under its hood that produces 292 horsepower, again mated to a four-speed automatic. (The CXL Special Edition is available with the 4.6 V-8 as an option.) The Super replaces the V-8 CXS, which was powered by a 275-hp V-8.
The Lucerne is hardly an enthusiast’s ride, but it is a quiet and refined cruiser that’s perfect for people who travel long distances on the freeway. The car is also very luxurious, especially in Super form, which features niceties such as a leather-finished dashboard and a heated wood steering wheel. The standard V-6 engine is merely adequate on the performance front, but the Super is quick off the line and benefits from sportier suspension tuning, although it’s still happiest as a highway cruiser.
Click here to read our full review of the Buick Lucerne.
What’s New for 2008
The Super replaces the CXS, which means there are likely some good deals on leftover examples of that model. As well as the standard 292-hp V-8, the Super gets different steering gear, a recalibrated suspension, standard 18-inch wheels and tires, a stability-control system, and a raft of luxury features. The V-8 CXL also goes away. The StabiliTrak stability-control system is available on the CX and CXL models, XM Satellite radio is now standard on all models, and blind-spot-alert and lane-departure-warning systems are now available.
The base CX is equipped with a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that produces 197 horsepower. For $27,690, it comes with a decent array of standard equipment, including power windows, locks, and mirrors; a power driver’s seat; steering-wheel-mounted audio controls; cruise control; 16-inch aluminum wheels; traction control; and front, front-side, and curtain airbags.
The $30,335 CXL retains the 197-hp engine but adds a bunch of standard equipment, such as dual-zone air conditioning, heated power external mirrors, a six-way power front-passenger seat, 17-inch wheels and tires, and leather seating surfaces.
The Super, which costs $39,395, adds eight-way power driver and front-passenger seats; heated and cooled front seats; perforated leather seating surfaces with suede inserts; a leather-topped dashboard; a heated power-tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel; a stability-control system; a rear park-assist feature; rain-sensing automatic wipers; a remote starter; and heated, folding mirrors.
To many old-style Buick buyers, the most important option available on the CX and CXL is a bench front seat that replaces the front buckets and provides room for six occupants. This costs $295.
Buick is pretty sensible with its options packages. The Comfort and Convenience package is standard on the CXL and Super; on the CX it adds dual-zone air conditioning, a six-way power front-passenger seat, and heated power-adjustable external mirrors for $950. The Driver Confidence package ($995) is standard on the Super and optional on the CX and CXL; this package includes a remote starter, rain-sensing wipers, a rear park-assist feature, and a stability-control system.
The CXL has an available Luxury package ($995) that adds heated front seats and steering wheel, heated folding external mirrors, and eight-way power driver and front-passenger seats.
The major stand-alone options on the CX are lane-departure warning ($295), a side-zone blind-spot system ($395), and a stereo with a six-CD in-dash changer ($300). The ante is upped on the CXL, which adds heated and cooled seats with perforated leather for $895; a power sunroof for $900; 17-inch chrome-finished wheels for $750; and a DVD-based navigation system with a touch-screen interface for $1945.
On the Super, the only options are the sunroof, the navigation system, 18-inch chrome finished wheels ($750), lane-departure and blind-spot warning, and an engine-block heater that is available on all models for $75.
Front, front-side, and curtain airbags are standard on all Lucernes, along with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. A stability-control system is standard on the Super and available on the CX and CXL, which both include traction control. A blind-spot system that illuminates an LED warning in the outside mirrors is available on all three models, along with a camera-based lane-departure warning system that will tell drivers if they are wandering out of their lane.
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2008 Buick LaCrosse
The Buick LaCrosse is a quiet, pleasant-mannered mid-size sedan that handles winding roads better than you might expect. Its styling is sophisticated and modern, yet conservative. Inside is a rich, high-quality cabin with eye-catching woodgrain trim, nicely presented instruments and controls, and available leather seats with attractive gathered stitching.
For 2008, the Buick LaCrosse has been updated with fresh styling, including a new hood, grille, and front fascia.
The LaCrosse lineup offers a choice of two V6 engines, but for 2008 a powerful V8 joins the line as well: The 2008 Buick LaCrosse Super is powered by a V8 and delivers the quickest 0-60 mph time since the famed Buick Grand National of the 1980s. Buick dug into its past for the Super model name, last used in 1958. The Super is distinguished by Buick's trademark portholes and other styling cues.
The LaCrosse CX and CXL offer a soft ride, the kind traditionally associated with Buick, but drivers may be surprised by the sportiness of the CXS and Super, which offer precise steering and a relatively firm suspension with little body lean. A LaCrosse CXS handles quite impressively on winding mountain roads and can carve through a canyon with the best of the midsize sedans.
We found the V6 engines motor along smoothly and quietly on the freeway yet offer good power, growling enthusiastically under hard acceleration. The 3.8-liter V6 that comes in the CXL is a reliable, cast-iron, overhead-valve engine that gets an EPA-rated 17/28 mpg and delivers strong low-rpm torque for good acceleration in on crowded, low-revving American roads. The sportier CXS features a double overhead-cam engine that revs more freely and produces more horsepower, making the LaCrosse more fun to drive while rating 17/25 mpg. The new Super V8 turns this Buick into a modern muscle car but is refined and quiet when cruising. The Super is EPA rated at 16/24 mpg.
Electronic features abound, making the LaCrosse a safe, all-weather family car with nice conveniences. Among them: a remote starting system that will work from up to 500 feet away, great on cold winter mornings; OnStar, which will dispatch emergency crews to your precise location if you have a wreck and don't respond to operators' calls; XM satellite radio to pick up CNN, Fox News, ESPN, or your favorite music; and StabiliTrak, which can help keep you from skidding off a slippery road. ABS and side-curtain airbags come standard.
The 2008 Buick LaCrosse is offered in four models. The base CX and the more luxurious CXL are powered by a 3.8-liter overhead-valve V6 rated at 200 horsepower. The sportier CXS comes with a 3.6-liter V6 with modern double overhead camshafts and variable valve timing that develops 240 horsepower. The LaCrosse Super is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 that makes 300 horsepower and features GM's Active Fuel Management system, which deactivates four cylinders at light engine loads to increase fuel economy. All LaCrosses have a four-speed automatic transmission.
CX ($23,310) comes with cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, interior air filter, six-way power driver's seat, power locks with remote keyless entry, power windows and mirrors, theater-style interior light dimming, leather-wrapped shift knob, six-speaker AM/FM/CD sound system with XM satellite radio, remote engine starting, automatic headlights, alarm, and P225/60R16 tires on steel wheels with hubcaps. All models come standard with OnStar hardware and a one-year subscription to OnStar service. A Comfort and Convenience package for CX ($495) adds heated front seats, power driver seat lumbar adjustment, and a split folding rear seat. Also available for CX are alloy wheels ($350), chrome alloy wheels ($650), a power sunroof ($900), nine-speaker AM/FM radio stereo with in-dash six-disc CD player ($695), and a six-way power passenger seat ($250). Five-passenger seating is standard, but six-passenger seating is available for CX and CXL ($250).
CXL ($25,310) features leather upholstery, power lumbar adjustment for the driver's seat, and alloy wheels. Options for CXL include a split folding rear seat ($275) and P225/55R17 tires on chrome alloy wheels ($750).
CXS ($27,310) comes with thicker anti-roll bars front and rear, split folding rear seat, fog lights, and P225/55R17 tires to go with the more powerful V6. The Driver's Confidence package ($950) for CXL and CXS includes rear obstacle detection, heated power mirrors, six-way power passenger seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, universal garage door opener and rear map lights.
Super ($31,310) has the V8, as well as rear obstacle detection, six-way power passenger seat, heated power mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, universal garage door opener, rear spoiler, performance suspension, and P235/50R18 tires.
Safety features on all models include dual front airbags, head-protecting curtain side airbags, tire-pressure monitor, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and traction control. Rear obstacle detection is available on some models and we recommend it because it could alert the driver to someone behind the car when backing up. StabiliTrak electronic stability control is standard on CXS and Super and optional on CXL and we recommend it because it can help the driver maintain control.
The LaCrosse is unmistakably a Buick, with its long nose, long slopes and simple body curves.
For 2008, the waterfall grille grows in size to resemble that of the new Buick Enclave (a cue introduced on the 2004 Buick Velite show car). The hood and front fascia are slightly revised for 2008.
At the rear, tiny rear side windows behind the C-pillars add some visual interest, while a discernible dent in the decklid ties the taillamps together and recalls the more adventurous surface development that characterized Buicks of the early 1960s. A single, slender chrome spear decorates the doors. XM satellite radio shares a single antenna with the standard OnStar system.
CX models can be identified by a grained, graphite-color finish on the rocker panels underneath the doors, while this panel is body color on other models. Otherwise, the base CX has almost no decoration at all, beyond the bolt-on faux alloy covers for its 16-inch steel wheels.
The Super model has several distinguishing characteristics, including Buick's trademark front fender portholes (four per side, one for each cylinder), flared rocker panels, rear decklid spoiler, chrome exhaust tips, and a different lower fascia in the rear.
The LaCrosse's construction quality looks good. The body, door, and fender gaps are all noticeably smaller than on the previous Regal and Century models. And LaCrosse's headlamps are said to be 35-percent brighter.
To improve crash safety and reduce noise, Buick uses generous amounts of expensive, high-strength steel, including steel reinforcements in the rocker panels, high-strength steel door beams, and a double-thick Quiet Steel floor pan and firewall. There's also an interlocking door latch system, a magnesium cross beam behind the instrument panel, another cross beam behind the rear seats, and structural foam in the front fenders.
The LaCrosse cabin is roomy and comfortable and exudes a look of quality. Interior quality and appearance are enhanced by reducing the number of individual trim pieces, which makes everything fit better and gives the cabin a richer, higher-grade look.
The front bucket seats are comfortable with plentiful headroom and legroom. This is the standard LaCrosse configuration and we prefer it: five-passenger seating with front bucket seats separated by a center console, and a leather-wrapped floor shifter.
However, a six-passenger option is available for the CX and CXL that substitutes a front bench seat. The front bench seat is split 40/20/40 and has a flip-and-fold center back cushion that can be converted into a center console/armrest with a large storage bin and dual cup holders. You'll most likely want to use this assembly most often as a center console, as putting someone in the middle will make for an uncomfortable trip for all front seat occupants. The shifter is mounted to the steering column on six-passenger models.
Back-seat passengers will find the LaCrosse comfortable. Rear-seat legroom is generous, thanks to a relatively long wheelbase of 110.5 inches. We found that a 6-foot, 4-inch passenger can sit behind a 6-foot, 4-inch driver with plenty of room to spare.
In front of the driver are three round instrument dials ringed in chrome and set into a deeply tunneled instrument panel. The instrument graphics light up in blue in the Super model. It's all very nicely presented, and relatively sporty looking.
The center stack is finished a mica-flecked flat black. On the Super model it's finished in silver. The center stack has a simple layout that is easy to use though plain in appearance. The trip computer and driver information center are easy to put through their menus. However, the information panel is so glossy that we found it hard to read in early morning or late afternoon light. The dashboard is decorated in a light woodgrain pattern. Super models have a darker woodgrain. Super models also get unique floormats, metal sill plates, and a seat insert pattern called DreamWeave.
Buick applied its Quiet Tuning treatment to reduce noise throughout the car. Quiet Tuning uses specially engineered parts and adds sound insulation in the engine, on the firewall, under the toeboard, inside the wheelwells and in the roof. It's a school of thinking that makes LaCrosse one of the quietest cars in the class.
OnStar, XM satellite radio, and a remote starting system that will work from up to 500 feet away make the LaCrosse a pleasure to live with.
The trunk has a generous 16 cubic feet of cargo room. Unfortunately, a split folding rear seat is not standard, but it can be ordered. We would recommend it, though a structural beam between the cabin and trunk limits the height of items that can slide through. On the positive side, the trunk uses struts that won't crush packages. On the negative, the size of the trunk opening will make it hard to load large packages.
Buick LaCrosse buyers have two main options: the CX and CXL with a soft, traditional ride good for cruising and commuting, or the CXS and Super with a firmer ride good for sporty handling on winding roads.
The CX and CXL suspension is about 20 percent stiffer than in the old Regal and Century, with larger stabilizer bars. It works well for commuting and running errands. It isn't designed for driving hard on winding roads, however, and will wallow in turns.
The CXS handles more like a sports sedan. The steering is precise, really biting into the pavement when you want to turn. The car is not bouncing and yawing around when pushed harder on rural roads. Compared to the CX and CXL, the sportier CXS steers through a quicker ratio (13.3:1 vs. 15.3:1), featuring GM's electronic Magnasteer (rather than hydraulic) assistance. It also rides on stiffer anti-roll bars both front (32 mm vs. 30) and rear (19.4 mm vs. 17). Indeed, our impression was that the chassis has excellent roll control.
We found the CXS to be responsive on winding roads in Northern Michigan. We later pushed one hard on some tight, bumpy canyon roads outside Los Angeles and found it handled quite well there. The tires grip nicely. Even when squealing around curves, the CXS maintained good composure, not losing its poise the way older American sedans tended to. The CXS offered good transient response, meaning it could change directions quickly in hard left-right-left maneuvers. The quicker steering ratio enhances the good steering feel and turn-in responsiveness we noted in the other Lacrosse models. CXS models with optional StabiliTrak feature GM's even more sophisticated Magnasteer II power steering.
The Super is sharper yet, thanks to several mechanical upgrades, including Bilstein front shocks, a premium steering gear with lower friction, larger front brakes, and 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot tires. The Super's steering feels more precise on center, but it is tuned to have a light, easy feel. While there is less body lean than in other models, the LaCrosse is still rather large and heavy, so body lean is still evident. In a trip around a road course, we found that the Super leaned in turns, but quickly took a nice set to track through without a problem. The Super felt surprisingly at home on the racetrack.
For the most part, the LaCrosse rides smoothly. However, the CXS suspension suffers a bit on bumpy freeways. We noticed this on a particularly bumpy section of the I-405 freeway through Los Angeles, one of the busiest freeways in the world and one that really tests a smooth ride. Here, the CXS transmitted some road vibration into the cabin, at least by Buick standards, a trade-off for the more responsive handling of the CXS. The Super's tighter suspension and 18-inch tires transmit a bit more road feel, but was never uncomfortable over bumps. The CX and CXL offer a smoother ride on rough freeways.
StabiliTrak can improve driver control during emergency or evasive maneuvers and we highly recommend opting for it because it can help you avoid an accident. StabiliTrak includes a traction-control function and uses sensors to detect the direction the driver is steering the car; if the car is not responding adequately, it applies the brakes selectively and precisely to the left or right front wheels (something no driver can do), while reducing throttle to help realign the vehicle's actual path with the path the driver intended. This can help the driver maintain control in an evasive maneuver. Remember to steer where you want to go and the car will do everything it can to get there.
The brakes worked well, big four-wheel discs, ventilated in front, with ABS all around. We found the brakes gave good pedal feedback and were easy to modulate, making it easy to bring the car to nice smooth stops in normal driving conditions, ensuring comfort for your passengers.
All three engines have been tuned to give a nice, healthy gro
Buick's long tradition of fine sedans is well-served and continued by the LaCrosse. It's a quiet, comfortable car that measures up well against the best of the midsize sedans. Those who prefer a smooth ride and traditional Buick comfort will find it in the LaCrosse CX and CXL. Drivers who like sporty sedans will appreciate the CXS or Super, which deliver good acceleration performance, steering precision and crisp handling.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Jim McCraw filed this report from Pellston, Michigan, with Mitch McCullough reporting from Los Angeles and correspondent Kirk Bell reporting from Chicago.
|Model Line Overview|
|Model lineup:||Buick LaCrosse CX ($23,310); LaCrosse CXL ($25,310); LaCrosse CXS ($27,310); LaCrosse Super ($31,310)|
|Engines:||200-hp 3.8-liter ohv 12-valve V6; 240-hp 3.6-liter dohc 24-valve VVT V6; 300-hp 5.3-liter ohv 16-valve VVT V8|
|Safety equipment (standard):||front airbags, side-curtain airbags, ABS, traction control, tire pressure monitor|
|Safety equipment (optional):||StabiliTrak electronic stability control, rear park assist|
|Basic warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Assembled in:||Oshawa, Ontario, Canada|
|Specifications As Tested|
|Model tested (MSPR):||Buick LaCrosse CXL ($25,310)|
|Standard equipment:||dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, interior air filter, six-way power driver seat with power lumbar adjustment, power locks with remote keyless entry, power windows and mirrors, theater-style interior light dimming, leather-wrapped shift knob, six-speaker AM/FM/CD sound system with XM satellite radio, OnStar service with one-year subscription, remote engine starting, automatic headlights, alarm|
|Options as tested (MSPR):||sunroof ($900); P225/55R17 tires on chrome-plated alloy wheels ($650); Driver's Confidence package ($950) with rear obstacle detection, heated power mirrors, six-way power passenger seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, universal garage door opener, rear map lights|
|Gas guzzler tax:||N/A|
|Price as tested (MSPR):||$28495|
|Engine:||3.8-liter ohv 12-valve V6|
|Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):||200 @ 5200|
|Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):||230 @ 4000|
|EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:||17/28 mpg|
|Track, f/r:||61.7/61.0 in.|
|Turning circle:||40.4 ft.|
|Head/hip/leg room, f:||39.4/55.3/42.3 in.|
|Head/hip/leg room, m:||N/A|
|Head/hip/leg room, r:||37.2/54.6/37.6 in.|
|Cargo volume:||16 cu. ft.|
|Towing capacity:||1000 Lbs.|
|Suspension, f:||independent, MacPherson struts with four-stage valving, coil springs, anti-roll bar|
|Suspension, r:||independent, tri-link, Chapman struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar|
|Ground clearance:||6.5 in.|
|Curb weigth:||3502 lbs.|
|Brakes, f/r:||vented disc/solid disc with ABS|
|Fuel capacity:||17.5 gal.|
|Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of June 22, 2008.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-462-8782 - www.buick.com|
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The Buick Lucerne is a full-size luxury car manufactured by General Motors from 2005 to 2011. Named for the city of Lucerne, Switzerland, it served as Buick's top-of-the-line sedan until it was replaced by the second generation Buick LaCrosse.
The Lucerne replaced both the full-size LeSabre and top-of-the-line Park Avenue in the Buick lineup. It was based on a revised G platform, though GM continued to refer to it as the H.
It was introduced with the standard 3.8 liter Buick V6 (also known as the GM 3800 engine), with a 4.6 liter CadillacNorthstar LD8V8 and the Chevrolet Corvette's Magnetic Ride Control active suspension available as options. All General Motors 3.8 L V6 powered cars become the first SULEV-compliant vehicles.
In keeping with Buick tradition, the Lucerne featured a row of "Ventiports" on the front fenders corresponding to the number of cylinders in the engine — three on each side for the V6 or four for the V8. The CXL trim package added numerous premium features.
The Lucerne was built at GM's Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly Plant alongside the Cadillac DTS. The plant won Initial Quality Awards from J.D. Power and Associates from 2004 through 2006. GM also lead all other automakers in Strategic Vision's Total Quality Index (TQI) 
Sales remained brisk through much of 2007. The Super was introduced at the 2007 New York Auto Show, featuring the sophisticated 4.6 liter Northstar L37 V8 and upscale trim. In addition to 17 hp (13 kW) extra horsepower over the CXS V8, updated front end styling and a rear spoiler created a bolder, sportier look.
All Lucernes got modest mid-cycle updates in 2008, including a lane departure warning system and revised exterior colors. Two new trim levels, CXL Special Edition (with more standard features than regular CXL) and Super, were added for 2008.
The 2009 Lucerne received some small upgrades, including a new base engine, the 3.9 L GM High Value LZ9 V6, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and XM NavTraffic. Flex-fuel technology was made available at no additional cost.
For 2010, the Super's rocker panels, grille, and fog lights were added to the entire Lucerne lineup.
The 2011 Lucerne was largely unchanged. The last was built on June 15, 2011. The second generation LaCrosse replaced it as Buick's flagship sedan for 2012.
|2006–2008||3.8 L3800 L26 V6||231 cu in (3791 cc)||197 hp (147 kW) @ 5200 rpm||233 lb⋅ft (316 N⋅m) @ 3800 rpm|
|2009–2011||3.9 L GM 3900 V6||237 cu in (3880 cc)||227 hp (169 kW) @ 5700 rpm||237 lb⋅ft (321 N⋅m) @ 3200 rpm|
|2006–2008||4.6 L Northstar LD8 V8||279 cu in (4565 cc)||275 hp (205 kW) @ 6000 rpm||295 lb⋅ft (400 N⋅m) @ 4400 rpm|
|2008–2011||4.6 L Northstar L37 V8||279 cu in (4565 cc)||292 hp (218 kW) @ 6300 rpm||288 lb⋅ft (390 N⋅m) @ 4500 rpm|
The Buick Lucerne earns a "Good" overall score in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) front impact test, and an "Acceptable" score in the side impact test. The IIHS also found that 2006-08 model year Lucerne had the highest fatality rate in the large 4-door car class.
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Exclusive Buick Models Elevate Design, Power and Performance
Buick has rekindled a name from its storied 20th-century past to mark the beginning of a new level of refinement: Super. The badge is designated exclusively for Buick’s most premium, powerful models and returns to Buick vehicles after 50 years. It will debut on the 2008 model year LaCrosse and Lucerne sedans.
“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 Super badge.”
The Supers are engineered for Buick by the GM Performance Division to inspire performance on demand. The LaCrosse Super is powered by a 300-horsepower (224 kW)* 5.3L small-block V-8 with GM’s Active Fuel Management technology. The LaCrosse Super’s chassis has been sport-tuned to deliver responsive handling characteristics, and the vehicle maintains Buick’s renowned quietness inside.
The Lucerne Super adds a more powerful version of the legendary 4.6L Northstar V-8. It is rated at 292 horsepower (218 kW)*, an increase of more than 6 percent over existing models. The Super has an enhanced chassis with a specially tuned version of Lucerne ’s Magnetic Ride Control system, for a refined, premium ride that simultaneously enables crisp, responsive handling.
Buick Super: elevated design, power and performance
Design elements on the LaCrosse Super and Lucerne Super denote the new face of Buick. Design cues echo those seen on the popular Velite convertible concept vehicle – and recently introduced on the Buick Enclave luxury crossover SUV – including a new waterfall grille and portholes. The LaCrosse Super is the first and only LaCrosse model offered with Buick’s iconic portholes; there are four per side to highlight the V-8 engine.
In addition to distinctive design, the LaCrosse Super and Lucerne Super deliver leading-edge performance and refinement. The 5.3L and 4.6L V-8 engines are renowned for balancing performance and fuel economy. They are complemented by specially tuned suspension systems.
Like all Buick models, LaCrosse and Lucerne Supers are built with an exclusive engineering process called QuietTuning to reduce, block and absorb noise from entering the interior. Laminated side window glass, sound-deadening material in the body structure, hydraulic mounts in the engine compartment and more reduce interior noise. Even exhaust nodes have been tuned for overall sound quality. These features contribute to a quiet, refined driving experience.
While the LaCrosse and Lucerne represent the first production models of the reborn Buick Super series, they will not be the last. Future models will share elements that reinforce the Super ethic, including:
- Exclusive exterior and interior design appointments
- Powertrain enhancements
- Enhanced driving dynamics, with specifically tuned steering, braking and suspension systems for responsive and confident handling
- Leading levels of interior quietness through Buick’s exclusive QuietTuning engineering effort.
The LaCrosse Super is distinguished from its sibling models with a new exterior appearance that is highlighted by a new waterfall grille, new hood and a new front fascia that incorporates a lower grille opening with chrome trim and chrome fog lamp bezels.
New portholes, rocker moldings, rear fascia with integrated park assist sensors, 3.5-inch-diameter dual chrome exhaust tips, rear decklid spoiler and a Super badge also make the LaCrosse Super instantly identifiable from any angle. LaCrosse Super is offered in four exterior colors: Black Onyx, Platinum Metallic, Dark Mocha Metallic and Red Jewel tint coat.
Inside, the LaCrosse Super exudes comfort and style, including front seats with increased seatback bolstering. All of the seats feature new, woven-embossed leather inserts. A unique wood grain appearance accents the instrument panel, center console, doors and gear shift knob. There are also exclusive instrument cluster graphics – including Super identification – new front sill plates, a silver finish on the instrument panel center stack and Super-specific floor mats.
The LaCrosse Super introduces a V-8 engine that has the fuel efficiency of a V-6. Rated at 300 horsepower (224 kW)* and 323-lb.ft (438 Nm)* of torque, Buick’s new V-8 can propel the LaCrosse Super from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. The 5.3L small-block V-8 uses GM’s Active Fuel Management (AFM), an engine technology that seamlessly switches between four- and eight-cylinder power to save fuel.
To support the performance capabilities enabled by the V-8 engine, the LaCrosse Super features a specially tuned suspension system for steering precision, improved ride control and feel, and increased braking performance. Bilstein monotube struts, larger front and rear rotors, high-precision steering gear, StabiliTrak, and recalibrated chassis controls help the LaCrosse Super deliver confident handling and road manners, while also maintaining overall ride comfort.
The Super version comes standard with the largest wheels and tires available on the LaCrosse – 18-inch by 7-inch aluminum wheels wrapped by P235/50R18 all-season tires. Chrome-finish wheels are available.
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I dont know. I didnt think about anything, the Hare's eyelashes twitched involuntarily. Arkhip, whose eyes did not escape this involuntary movement of long eyelashes, laughed barely audibly. it was evident that the Hare had never shaved, - his cheeks were dull - clean, tender, without any glimmer of any noticeable vegetation.