I remember seeing the Buick Avista concept car at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, MI, and couldn’t believe what General Motors had created. A stunning coupe that hasn’t graced the streets yet, and may never which is why it is called a concept. The 8-speed automatic transmission, 3.0L twin turbo V6, Rear Wheel Drive, Twin exhaust outlets have the sleek sculpture of an Audi A7. Congratulations Buick.
Not only did the Avista win concept car of the year, but it also won Most Significant Concept Vehicle of 2016.
The Avista has an aggressive profile but still with cool class. The interior is futuristic, yet still relatable.
The Buick Avista is forward-looking without being too futuristic; you can picture this looker motoring down the highway and turning heads. The inside is clean and attractive, too.
The Avista cements Buick’s surprising status as one of the auto industry’s most intriguing brands. Now the question is whether it can deliver on this promise with equally compelling production vehicles.
Buick design, post-Harley Earl, has had few hits and plenty of shrugs. But with the Avista Buick shows that it has style–to say nothing of more than a little swagger.
The Buick Avista is a true big American coup. The design harkens back to when General Motors was the most powerful automaker on earth. I can actually feel the heartbeat of General Motors style from the late nineteen fifties through the nineteen seventies. Immediately identifiable as General Motors style badged as a Buick. Acura and Genesis make a weak attempt to mimic the brilliant inspiration and flow originated by General Motors and made contemporary in the new century.
I love the beautifully clean power of electric. You won’t find that here. The Avista style demands hard pulsing power of a charged piston engine pushing powered down to the road via rear wheels that dig in like a horse powering out of the gate. I am absolutely certain that the brilliant designers and engineers have made a driveline that is as thrilling to push around and feel as this passenger craft is to look at.
The style, the thoughtfulness throughout demonstrates intuitive design like a jockey pulling the best out of the beast he’s riding. For fear of being sexist yet delighting in honesty this is a man’s car. The Avista wants to be handled, she wants to be pushed. I’ve driven and handled General Motors vehicles for decades I have a damn good idea how tasty and tossable this big American sport coupe might feel. The driveline and brakes will be satisfying my only concern is that the steering can be turned with a pinky or gives heavy dull feedback.
Better than heads-up technology is General Motors’ original idea of the smart windshield. One screen driving. This car can be built and sold today for under $35,000 making it affordable to most. But General Motors and Buick just won’t do that.