Click the image above to view the high resolution gallery There was a time when Buick was at the top of the automotive food chain, just below Cadillac. Harley Earl was creating cutting-edge designs, the cars were packed with power and luxury, and affluent Americans were snatching up Buicks by the thousands. There was even a top of the line Buick that carried the "Super" moniker, representing the best of the storied nameplate. By the '90s, the average age of a Buick customer reached into Senior Citizen territory, and its products were considered by many to be closer to Chevy than Cadillac. With the launch of the LaCrosse in late 2004, however, Maximum Bob and his crew declared that the drought was over, and that Buick would receive much-needed attention. While the subsequent launches of the Lucerne and Enclave were bigger strides towards giving GM the Lexus-fighters it so desires, the LaCrosse tangled more with other domestics than it did any luxury brand. Enter the 2008 model year, and GM has given the LaCrosse a needed freshening. Buick also unveiled the LaCrosse Super, with four port holes on each side demarcating a 300-hp V8 under the hood. The General thinks it has a sleeper on its hands, and we get to see if it's right with a week-long stay in the Autoblog Garage. Hit the jump to read the full review and view more high-resolution pics. %Gallery-9004% All photos ©2007 Chris Shunk / Weblogs, Inc. click on any image to enlarge The big aesthetic change for the 2008 LaCrosse is the new-look Buick grille. Much larger and more pronounced than the schnoz it replaces, the new front end also gives the LaCrosse a more contemporary look. The rest of the tweaks to the front end are subtle yet effective, with the fog lights growing in size, the front air dam opening up a bit, the bumper now comes to a point, and a more elegant shape was given to the bottom trim. Out back, the tail lights remain unchanged, but edgier skirting and a small spoiler give the Super a much more defined look. The two large tail pipes and a small Super badge are the only two queues that something fun lies under the hood. The port holes, love them or hate them, give the side view of the LaCrosse Super a much classier appearance than the base model, and the more shapely skirting makes for a better-looking sedan. Buick rounds off the chrome parade with 18-inch wheels, which are overkill on some vehicles, but on the Super they look right at home. Our tester came with a rich brown metallic paint, which looked either charcoal or black under certain lighting. This blogger has never liked the color brown on any car, but on the Buick it looked pretty damn good. Unfortunately, Buick took brown a little too far on the inside of our tester, but the materials used feel luxurious to the touch. It should be noted …
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