There has been many a conversation about the Buick Verano around the proverbial water cooler here at Autoblog Towers. And while it isn't necessarily the type of vehicle you'd think a group of car enthusiasts would get excited about, those of us who have spent time with the Verano have all become quite smitten with it. Our only wishes: more power and a manual transmission.

Enter the 2013 Verano Turbo, packing 250 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque and yes, an available six-speed manual transmission. This is perhaps the most excited we've been about a Buick in... um... decades?

Powering the Verano Turbo is – you guessed it – General Motors' 2.0-liter Ecotec inline-four. Buick states that the turbocharged Verano can sprint to 60 miles per hour in just 6.2 seconds and that more than 90 percent of the engine's torque is available as low as 1,700 RPM.

The Turbo model is packed with standard equipment, including all of the optional goodies found in the Leather and Convenience packages of the standard Verano. That means things like heated leather surfaces on the seats and steering wheel, a premium nine-speaker Bose audio system, sport pedals, dual exhaust and a rear spoiler are all standard, as well as Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system.

Pricing will be announced closer to the Verano Turbo's on-sale date later this year. Considering how well-received the standard car is, and how good we anticipate the new Turbo model to be, we have to ask: Why buy a Regal these days? With how excellent the Verano range is shaping up to be, this seems like a clear-cut case of fratricide on Buick's part.

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2013 Buick Verano Turbo Debuts with 250 Horsepower

Award-winning engine at the heart of luxury sedan's effortless performance


DETROIT – 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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      SYJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      How many more people are going to dog this car based on the fact that its similar in size to the regal? That is an issue for Buick, but it has nothing to do with the merits of the Verano. The closest competitors for this car are ILX and GLI. How exactly is this car coming up short vs those cars? Half of the comments seem to be about the Regal anyway. This is about the Verano turbo and 250hp and a nice interior plus lots of kit for about $30k sounds pretty good to me. That's about $6k less than a similarly sized 328i with 240hp. Infiniti is charging $31k for a G25 with 218hp and cheaper looking interior. You would think people would be excited by an announcement of an optional engine and a manual tranny.
        SYJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SYJ
        Point is people need to explain why this is a POS and the GLI or ILX represent better buys. Just saying this car isnt worth considering without discussing its likely competitors is pointless.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SYJ
        OH, they are excited. But they're ambivalent as well.
        autoplaybook
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SYJ
        It actually ISN'T similar in size to the Regal, though. The Regal is an inch longer than the Toyota Camry. The Verano is 6.3" shorter than the Regal...which puts it in compact territory.
        whatever
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SYJ
        Word
      Jason
      • 3 Years Ago
      If everyone on this blog and similar ones: A) bought a GM station wagon or B) new Grand National Regal, that says they would, GM owuld be worth 2x what it is today. The reality: people don't actually buy station wagons, and the Grand National that everyone here says they want would cost ANY car compant over $40k to make, and not many people would buy those either. Stop making the stupid claims about what you would buy and come back to reality.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
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          Jason
          • 3 Years Ago
          I concede. You are correct in your correction. I should have also added that everyone wants a manual transmission, right? Though they also should be clear that given the choice, they would prefer to buy a used late model car to save a buck that way, too. So what they really mean is that they want the car companies to know that IF SOMEONE ELSE would buy the manual AT option for them, they would gladly pay 60% of the price in two years for the used market Pontiac Grand National Station Wagon with the AT-delete and AWD options. Great idea except that first part, getting people who shop for new cars to buy such a thing.
      Dane Grant
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the style of the Regal a little more... and a Astra GTC coupe/hatch would be cooler...
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is fantastic news, well done GM!
      vvk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, I better start using my GM Card again. Here's hoping they put Hi-Per Struts in it...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vvk
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      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not your grandpa's Buick.
      Brian Deja
      • 3 Years Ago
      I laugh at all the 20 something detractors. You have not been in the car, let alone driven the vehicle. The car was not designed for 24 year olds. Conversely, I drove a Mazda 3 and can't picture myself driving that kiddie car. I like Mazda's to the point of owning a 2001 Millenia for 10 years. With that said, the car has a firm ride, but not a Mazda 3 firm ride, and it's as quiet as a library which the Mazda is not. Acceleration is decent and the interior is much, much nicer and upscale than the Mazda. Let's stop comparing apples and oranges. We ended up with a Cruze LT because the lease payment was less and the gas mileage better. We drove an Elantra, but a 2 star crash rating for the front passenger....forget it.
      smoothdrrod
      • 3 Years Ago
      really, all GM needs to do to seal the deal for me and get me to relegate my 2010 Cobalt SS Turbo is install an uprated brake package and make available a LSD (limited slip differential). I have been spoiled by my Cobalt's speed and 600lbs and slightly less power would be a rough transition but with the braking and LSD I think I could make the leap
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Zoom
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree. They could have saved the marketing, branding, design dollars and made the ATS that much better.
          eljay001
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Zoom
          What's wrong with the ATS that needs to be made "much better?" Nobody has driven it yet. It seems like they already put a lot of effort into making that car right. Cadillac is positioned to be the BMW fighter. The CTS vs the 5, the ATS vs the 3. They already admitted that the ATS is using the E46 as a benchmark for dynamics, which seems to be far better than the path BMW itself is taking these days.
          Zoom
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Zoom
          Alternatively...one of these brands could be the BMW of GM and one could be the Lexus. It seems GM is trying to have two sporting low-lux brands.
      dblezy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I doubt a buick sports sedan is what young people want or any buick unless you are 60+. I wish GM would have axed Buick when they could have instead of Pontiac.
        Gordon Chen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dblezy
        Good thing you're not in charge
        Justin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dblezy
        You really think cars like the Regal GS manual are boring old person cars?
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        LEDfoot
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think it looks like it was designed by GM's Chinese partner...
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        Today I learned that Wrangler Unlimited is blind. Well, maybe not, as that would be an insult to other blind people.
      ELG
      • 3 Years Ago
      isnt this cobalt based and fwd? snooooooze
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