Buick unveils sporty Avista concept car, with 400 hp capabilities

By Staff Writer

Jan 12, 2016 11:10 PM EST

General Motors' Buick brand unveiled Monday the sporty Avista concept car, which has a 400 horsepower turbocharged V6 engine.

Buick is known for its conservative car designs that value comfort and quiet. However, CNN reported that the new Avista concept car featured at the Detroit Auto Show has features the same with sporty Chevrolet Camaro. The present Buick models are front-wheel drive, while the new Avista is a rear-wheel drive vehicle, which makes it incline to high-performance driving.

"The Avista embodies the dynamic soul of Buick," said Buick sales and marketing head Duncan Aldred. "It is a modern expression of the brand's heritage of sophisticated performance, communicated with beautiful elegance."

Fox wrote that the last time Buick created a high-performance vehicle was with its Grand National back in the 1980s. This two-door car delivers 276 horsepower, and is a rear-wheel drive. The car manufacturer also used its powerful Buick GSX to join the 1960s and 1970s "muscle car wars" competition.

It wouldn't come as a surprise if the car manufacturer would  develop high-performance cars, since Louis Chevrolet, the man who the company was named after, was race car driver using Buicks during the early 20th century.

WMC Action News 5 reported that the car still has the high-end style that Buick represents. It has crisp and curving lines with illuminating headlamps. GM executives didn't give any official statement on whether a car like this goes into production.

According to GM vice president of deign Ed Welburn, the new Avista gives designers the chance to expand the potential of Buick's design.

GM also officially revealed the Envision compact SUC, which will go on sale next year. It will be the first GM vehicle built in China and sold in the US by a US-based vehicle company. Other cars featured in the Detroit Auto Show includes the sexy Lexus LC 500, the Audi hydrogen concept car, the Acura Precision concept car, and Fiat Chrysler's new Pacifica minivan, to name a few. 

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