2013 Buick Verano Turbo Gets 250 Horsepower
You can tell we live in odd times when Buick advertises that it offers more cars with manual transmissions than Lamborghini and Ferrari combined. But it does. And Buick is about to add one more by way of the 2013 Verano Turbo. The Buick Verano arrived as a 2012 model, a new compact sedan to take over the lower end of the Buick portfolio from the Regal. Almost as soon as it debuted, Buick announced a turbocharged model was on its way. But we didn't know how powerful it would be. Until now. When it hits showrooms toward the end of this year, the 2013 Buick Verano Turbo will have 250 horsepower coming from a version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder used in the 2012 Buick Regal GS. It'll come paired to either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. The obvious target: The 2013 Acura ILX. The compact Acura offers a 200-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder as its top engine, but only with a six-speed manual transmission. But the 2013 Buick Verano Turbo isn't a sports sedan; it's simply a more powerful version of the latest compact sedan from the automaker. The base Verano comes with a 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, capable of eking out just over 30 mpg on the highway. Buick says the turbocharged version should be able to follow suit when it comes to fuel economy. With the added power, Buick says the Verano Turbo should be able to hit 60 mph from standstill in 6.2 seconds, a very significant 2 seconds quicker than the base model. Buick hasn't yet announced pricing on the 2013 Verano Turbo, but we expect it to come in on the south side of $30,000. The automaker says that information and more will be available closer to its end-of-the-year on-sale date. Source: Buick/GM
It's a bizarre example of automotive symbiosis where two vehicles like this can even exist on the same planet.