Buick Verano Turbo Launching Fall 2012
250 HP, and 0-60 in 6.5 seconds
June 27, 2011
By: Nick Saporito
When Buick revealed the 2012 Verano small car earlier this year, they quietly mentioned the fact that the car would ultimately see the option of a turbocharged four-cylinder. GMI has since learned the Verano Turbo will launch next fall with about 250 horsepower out of the Regal GS engine.
Specifically, as product plans stand today the Verano Turbo will start production in October of 2012 as a 2013 model.
As previously reported, the Verano Turbo will be powered by GM's 2.0-liter turbo, however GMI has learned that it will be a detuned version of the Regal GS 2.0-liter Turbo. According to GM product plans, Verano Turbo will sport the "LHU" 2.0 turbo, which is the same RPO code given to the Regal GS engine. GMI expects the engine to be detuned from it's 270 horspower and 295 pound-feet of torque in the GS model.
In fact, GMI obtained a consumer brochure for the Verano back in March (seen above) that states the Verano Turbo will have 250 horspower and generate 0-60 times of about 6.5 seconds, better than the Regal GS. The 2013 Regal Turbo is also expected to get the same revised 2.0-liter turbo as the Verano.