2013 Buick Verano Turbo introduced with 250 hp

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 12, 2012

The performance of new compact premium Verano from Buick got a major boost with the arrival of the new Verano Turbo for 2013, featuring a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection 4-cylinder engine that generates 250 hp. Full power can be accessed at only 5300 rpm. Meanwhile, 260 lb-ft of torque can be achieved at only 2000 rpm.

Another impressive thing is that 234 lb-ft of power is available from 1700 to 5500 rpm. As a result, it can accelerate from zero to 60mph in just 6.2 seconds. Notably, the Verano would perform well regardless of the gear being used. It’s interesting that its closest rival, the Acura ILX2.4, delivers only 200 hp but it does weigh significantly lower.

The Buick Regal Turbo uses the same engine. This is where it received recognition as one of Wards Auto 10 Best Engines list for 2012. Amy Joss, Ecotec 2.0L assistant chief engineer, said that the 2.0L turbo engine was intended for refinement, superior output capabilities and less noise. She said that the Verano has the features of a “luxury sedan with a fun side.”

Buick is making this engine available either mated to a six-speed manual or automatic amid efforts by the automaker to appeal to enthusiasts by offering manual transmissions. Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick Marketing, said that “intelligent performance” continues to drive Buick’s engine strategy.

He said that for the current market, the solutions include four-cylinder engines, turbocharging and eAssist. He explained further that with sophisticated technologies, Buick models become more efficient but continue to have a “smooth, quiet character.” Buick still has to determine whether the Verano could be offered with an eAssist hybrid variant but with the impending arrival of the ILX Hybrid, it appears likely.

Press Release

2013 Buick Verano Turbo Debuts with 250 Horsepower

Buick today announced the 2013 Verano Turbo luxury sedan will be powered by an Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged engine with direct injection and continuously variable valve timing that produces an SAE-certified 250 horsepower (187 kW) at 5300 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) of torque at 2000 rpm. Acceleration from 0-60 mph is an estimated 6.2 seconds.

The Verano Turbo goes on sale later this year.

More than 90 percent of the Verano Turbo’s peak torque – more than 234 lb.-ft. – is available between 1700 to 5500 rpm. Its closest competitor, the 2013 Acura ILX 2.4L, offers a peak of 170 lb.-ft. of torque.

“The 2.0L turbo engine was designed for refinement, higher output capabilities and reduced noise,” said Amy Joss, Ecotec 2.0L assistant chief engineer. “The way it sounds, the power delivery and the refined character are all fitting of a luxury sedan with a fun side.”

In December, Buick’s 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec engine was named one of WardsAuto World’s 2012 10Best Engines for North America. At the time, the publication’s editor-in-chief, Drew Winter, said: “This engine delivers a level of power and sophistication that redefines Buick.”

The choice to use a small-displacement turbocharged engine for a more powerful Verano model is consistent with Buick’s effort to downsize its powertrains without sacrificing performance. Verano and the Regal luxury sport sedan are available exclusively with four-cylinder engines, while the LaCrosse luxury sedan comes standard with a four-cylinder engine paired with eAssist technology, which uses an electric motor and battery to boost both performance and fuel economy. The standard 2013 Regal four-cylinder engine also is equipped with eAssist.

“Buick’s engine strategy continues to be driven by intelligent performance,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick Marketing. “Four-cylinder engines, turbocharging and eAssist are all the right solutions for today’s market. With these advanced technologies, Buicks are more efficient without sacrificing their smooth, quiet character.”

According to IHS Automotive, use of four-cylinder engines in North American vehicles will grow 74 percent from 6.9 million to 12.2 million units over the next 10 years.

The Verano Turbo will be available with a choice of a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox. Including Regal Turbo and Regal GS, the Buick brand offers more manual transmissions than Ferrari and Lamborghini combined.

Acceleration performance is expected to be consistent between the two transmissions.

Fuel economy numbers are not final, but the Verano Turbo is expected to be in line with Buick’s other turbocharged models. Pricing will be announced closer to the start of production in late 2012.

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