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RAINIER TW: THE DESIGNERS AT BUICK THOUGHT OF EVERYTHING

With a 290-horsepower V-8 and a six-speaker Bose sound system available on every 2004 Rainier, Buick charged its designers with finding an engine for Tiger Woods that would further blow the doors off other SUVs in its segment and a stereo to really blow the windows out. The result: Rainier TW.

Based on the brand new 2004 Buick Rainier, the Rainier TW will debut in November at the 2003 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas and explores the potential for taking its premium design, comfort and powertrain features to an even higher level.

“Rainier is the essence of midsize SUV power, grace and refinement,” said Christine Mazglad, Buick trucks marketing director. “Rainier TW incorporates all those features with a few touches that personalize the Rainier for Tiger.”

Rainier TW Power
Rainier TW features the world’s most powerful midsize SUV engine: GM’s High Output Vortec 6000 6.0L V-8 with 345 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 380 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. It mates to a Hydra-Matic 4L60-E heavy-duty electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Full dual exhausts reduce back pressure, making the best use of the engine’s power output, while providing near-silent operation.

“Tiger’s golf game is by far the most powerful on tour today, so a 345 horsepower engine with outstanding torque is a natural fit for the Rainier TW,” said Mazglad.

Outside Rainier TW
The show truck features a rich, monochromatic, Dark Brahma Red exterior – right down to the color-coordinated license plate box – and more elegant taillamps. Lustrous bright work greets the eye at every turn. It extends to the bright plated grille and headlamp housings; chromed door pull handles, mirror surround and roof rack accents; the large, 20-inch multi-spoke bright plated wheels, with bright exhaust tips finishing off the look at the rear.

Tiger’s TW logo from his Nike line of apparel complements the existing nameplate.

Inside Rainier TW
The interior has a subtle two-tone color scheme, including ebony upper vehicle sections (instrument panel top pad, upper side door trim and upper rear quarter panels) offset by gray lower sections, creating a full, uninterrupted cross-car form that enhances the vehicle’s premium character. Birds-eye maple wood appliqués accent the IP, steering wheel, door trim plate, and radio and HVAC controls. The cluster features luxury gauge faces. Opulent two-tone leather seats with ebony bolsters, contrasting piping (a thin color bead along the edge of the seat and up and across the back) and perforated gray seat inserts enhance the rich, elegant interior.

The audio includes a six-speaker Bose system and Delphi integrated navigation radio with full map navigation and a CD-ROM/audio player. The Bose system puts out 275 watts of total power and includes a specifically tuned amplifier, AudioPilot for road noise compensation and four DSP modes. The navigation operation will instantly map routes with 2-D and 3-D full-color map views on a 5.8-inch (147-mm) display screen with the push of a button, making maneuvering on highways and streets effortless. Once the navigation CD is inserted and the address entered on the system’s screen, a route map is generated and audio commands – with step-by-step instructions in English, French or Spanish – are provided.

Additional entertainment is provided by a DVD system with a TV-sized 9-inch by 12-inch flat panel (15.1 diagonal) LCD monitor, positioned on the headliner right behind the front-row passengers. A switch, activated by a front-seat occupant, motors the screen down in an arc and returns it back to its stowed position, flat against the headliner, where it fits in looking like a small panel encased in the headliner. A Sony PlayStation mounted under the seat is wired to the monitor.

About Buick and Tiger
The 2004 Rainier went on sale in August 2003 and offers a level of performance, ride comfort and style that sets it apart from other midsize sport utility vehicles. Rainier, a five passenger, full-frame vehicle based on GM’s award-winning mid-size utility architecture, is the fist truck-based SUV in the Buick lineup.

Buick signed an endorsement agreement with Tiger in December 1999. He has appeared in every aspect of Buick’s marketing programs and was integral in launching the Rendezvous.

In October 2003, Tiger successfully defended his title at the American Express championships. It was his fifth win of the season on the PGA TOUR, his eighth career World Golf Championship win and his 39th on the PGA TOUR, tied with Tom Watson and Gene Sarazen for ninth all-time.

Buick Rainier TW Vehicle Highlights
- Monotone Dark Brahma Red exterior, unique taillamps and license holder design
- Chrome headlamp housing, bright plated grille, chrome door pull handles, mirror surround and roof rack accents
- Subtle two-tone ebony upper/gray lower interior theme
- Opulent two-tone leather seats, with perforated inserts and contrasting piping
- Birds-eye maple interior accents
- Luxury IP cluster gauge faces
- GM Bose sound system with integrated Navigation radio
- Rear DVD system with giant 9-inch by 14-inch flat screen panel
- High Output Vortec 6000 6.0L V-8 and Hydra-Matic 4L60-E heavy-duty four-speed automatic transmission
- Full dual exhaust with bright plated tips
- 20-inch multi-spoke bright plated wheels.



 

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Not bad, but the big rims and lowered suspension accentuate the rear-end to the point of bulbousness.

Ghrankenstein :krider:
 

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Somehow, when I think of Tiger Woods playing golf, I just don't relate that to a super-powerful SUV! :huh: But I do like it! :D
 

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Buick signed an endorsement agreement with Tiger in December 1999. He has appeared in every aspect of Buick?s marketing programs and was integral in launching the Rendezvous.
I wonder if he gets it at the end of its show run. :lol:
 
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I happened to check out a Rainier at a local dealership.

One tight ride.
 

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hotttttt, I want that :downloading:
 
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