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Lucerne Gets a Special Edition
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– Buick will increase its 2008 Lucerne lineup with two new models available at dealerships beginning in April. The Lucerne Super and Lucerne CXL Special Edition reflect Buick’s commitment to bringing a greater variety of premium products into its portfolio.


“Lucerne Super and Lucerne CXL Special Edition epitomize Buick’s new level of refinement and our effort to deliver the vehicles that today’s customers demand,” said Jim Bunnell, Buick-Pontiac-GMC general manager.


Lucerne Super

Lucerne Super continues Buick’s tradition of delivering luxury, refined power and performance. It’s powered by the 4.6L Northstar V-8 engine that delivers 292 horsepower (218 kW) @ 6300 rpm and 288 lb.-ft. of torque (390 Nm) @ 4500 rpm. Further augmenting its driving character, Lucerne Super also features:
  • New premium steering components for more precise steering and a higher level of responsiveness
  • Higher-rate front and rear coil springs for improved stability and control
  • Larger front stabilizer bar for improved roll control
  • Magnetic Ride Control technology – recalibrated for even more driver control and performance, while further reducing body roll in cornering and lane changes
  • Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels shod with P245/50R18 all-season radials
Exterior Lucerne Super enhancements include new grille and front fascia, new rocker panels, new rear fascia, new exhaust tips and “Super” badge on the decklid. Lucerne Super is available exclusively in the following exterior colors: Dark Mocha Metallic, Gold Mist Metallic, White Diamond Tricoat and Black Onyx.


Inside, Lucerne Super features a leather-wrapped instrument panel upper with French seam stitching; suede trim on the doors and on the standard heated and cooled front seats; heated real walnut wood-accented steering wheel; walnut wood shifter; a Nova Silver finish for the center stack; model-specific sill plates and premium floor mats. Additional premium amenities include a 280-watt, nine-speaker Harman Kardon sound system that includes a six-disc CD changer and MP3 player.


Lucerne Super customers may also opt for touch screen navigation; sunroof; Side Blind Zone and Lane Departure Warning safety-enhancing technologies; and 18-inch chrome wheels. Lucerne Super is available exclusively in Cocoa/Shale or Ebony interior trim and features a $39,395 MSRP (including a $765 destination freight charge).


Lucerne CXL Special Edition

Buick’s Lucerne CXL Special Edition offers either a V-6 or V-8 engine – making it the only Lucerne model to offer this choice. The 3.8L V-6 equipped Lucerne CXL Special Edition delivers 197 horsepower (147 kW) @ 5200 rpm and 227 lb.-ft. of torque (308 Nm) @ 3800 rpm.
For a higher level of performance, Buick offers an uplevel Northstar 4.6L V-8. It delivers 275 horsepower (205 kW) @ 6000 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400 Nm) @ 4400 rpm. This premium, aluminum 32-valve dual overhead cam V-8 – specifically tuned for Lucerne – is recognized for its technological refinement, precision and quick launch capability.


Outside, Lucerne CXL Special Edition models are equipped with a chrome grille, unique 17-inch chrome-clad wheels, new rear fascia and model-specific badge on the decklid. Inside, CXL Special Edition has perforated leather seat inserts, and contrasting stitching on the seats, console armrest and door trim. Lucerne CXL Special Edition models will be available in three distinct exterior colors: Dark Mocha Metallic, White Diamond Tricoat and Crystal Red Tintcoat. The two interior color combinations are Dark/Light Titanium and Cocoa/Shale.
Lucerne CXL Special Edition V-6 models carry a $32,150 manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP), while the Special Edition V-8 model will feature a $33,850 MSRP. Prices include a $765 destination freight charge.


QuietTuning

Lucerne Super and Lucerne CXL Special Edition models benefit from QuietTuning, Buick’s all-encompassing approach to reduce, block and absorb interior cabin noise. Notable QuietTuning features include laminated side glass, noise-reducing side-view mirrors, low-profile “structureless” windshield wiper blades and a double-isolated powertrain mounting system. Lucerne Super also features a uniquely tuned exhaust note that is more powerful, but subtly refined. The result is a hushed, premium driving experience overall.


All Buick Lucerne models are built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck manufacturing facility and come with the industry’s best coverage, including a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper protection.


**photos to come**
 

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So what is special about the CXL Special Edition? A badge, a rear facia, chrome grille and Unique wheels, perforated leather w/contrast stitching? Gonna have to do better than that Buick... They need a partner like Lexus has/had w/Coach or some high-end brand that will make the snobs look.
 

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Putting GM's old 3.8L in a $32k dollar car is a bit nuts. It was a good motor about a decade ago but is way out classed at this point. It doesn't even offer that good of fuel economy in the Lucerne either which is what it was historically known for (10-20 years ago). Other large cars with a lot more power do just as good or better.
 

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Putting GM's old 3.8L in a $32k dollar car is a bit nuts. It was a good motor about a decade ago but is way out classed at this point. It doesn't even offer that good of fuel economy in the Lucerne either which is what it was historically known for (10-20 years ago). Other large cars with a lot more power do just as good or better.
:Dfor them to turn a profit and pay expenses, something's got to give...;)
 

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197hp? From 3.8L? How do they do it?
LOL i agree. And it is "up scale car". Or How about 4.6L and 290 hp? Four speed trans. Gm should just kill this car. I would be ashamed to make this car. How can you only produce 197 HP from 3.8l engine. Vacume Cleaner can make more power from that size engine. This is why gm has image problem. Somebody walks in with toyota avalon to buick dealer and they see that their avalon produces more hp. and gets better fuel economy. So why would they trade avolon for buick? Or how about hyndai produce more hp from 3.8l engine then gm. That is just wrong.
 

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Putting GM's old 3.8L in a $32k dollar car is a bit nuts. It was a good motor about a decade ago but is way out classed at this point. It doesn't even offer that good of fuel economy in the Lucerne either which is what it was historically known for (10-20 years ago). Other large cars with a lot more power do just as good or better.
But the geezers know and like that engine ... and this car still sells to a number of geezers. Few of them want a DOHC V8 at a price penalty. And the OHV V6 offers alot more value than shoving a 3.6 OHC in there.
 

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THey build a nice car and go nothing but bland on the out dated powertrain. I guess it is better than putting a 3.6L in the 5000 lb. Enclave. Where is the 5.3L active fuel management like the Lacrosse Super and the Old Ranier ?????? Don't we understand that 6spd Trans is a necessary thing with economy and drivabilty competition
 

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LOL i agree. And it is "up scale car". Or How about 4.6L and 290 hp? Four speed trans. Gm should just kill this car. I would be ashamed to make this car. How can you only produce 197 HP from 3.8l engine. Vacume Cleaner can make more power from that size engine. This is why gm has image problem. Somebody walks in with toyota avalon to buick dealer and they see that their avalon produces more hp. and gets better fuel economy. So why would they trade avolon for buick? Or how about hyndai produce more hp from 3.8l engine then gm. That is just wrong.
Well, the 3.6 pretty much disproves your sentiments. Whether in DI trim or not, it's got the power. But it's pricier to make. The 200 hp, low-RPM torque qualities of the old 3.8L serves the old-folks market quite well. That's still a huge part of GM's clientele. Making the Lucerne some sort of Buick CTS, although palatable for enthuisiasts who'd still never buy one, wouldn't be very smart right now.
 

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I don't think this is a proper use of the storied Super name. People will bloviate about how posters are missing the sleeper-car status of this Lucerne edition, but I think GM is capable of so much more, like it has already shown us in other vehicles. I understand this is a stopgap measure of some sort, but really, GM is capable of more.

I'm anxiously awaiting Welburn and his team's interpretation of real Buick luxury, because it has to be better than the Lucerne. I'm confident that Thomas Stephens and his crew will be able to raise the bar, too. I drove one recently, and all I could think of it was "rental car chic." It's not offensive, but it's certainly not what a Buick could and should be.

Buick's future will be brighter when its stable is full of Enclaves and cars that carry that vehicle's design and engineering and when merely average cars like the Lucerne and LaCrosse are quietly laid to rest.
 

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The Super sounds like a hell of a nice car.

On the 3.8L, yes, it's slow, but it's smooth and economical out on the highway. Most Lucerne buyers could care less if it had the 3.6L instead because these are cruisers. They offer the Northstar for those that want more go, and the Northstar has no problem lugging the H/K cars around.
 

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The Super sounds interesting to me. I want to see if the changes have jazzed up the interior a bit, because right now it's a bore to me.

The Special Edition version I didn't get the reason for it right away. But after reading some of the responses here, it becomes clear that the Special Edition is AKA the Old people's version. I have no problem with that. Old people have money too. They are also not snobs. The 3.8L is a selling point for that target market. It's a well proven, reliable engine. Those people understand that just because something is old doesn't automatically make it bad.
 

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I have yet to hear of anyone with 200k miles on the 3.6. I know of many people with 200k on the 3.8, my 99 regal included. Its a shame that the 2008 makes the same power as my 99, but I would still take it over the 3.6 in this car given the choice.
 
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