2004 Buick Velite Concept review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 24 January 2007 , 12:01:04 byAlina

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Buick Velite Concept

Buick developed a new model, a four-seat convertible with an elegant environment and big extravagance. The carmaker will reveal the Velite concept at the New York Auto Show. The model is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that is able to deliver 400 lb. ft. of torque derived from its DOHC design and 3.6-liter displacement. Also it is important to know that the engine features fuel-saving variable valve timing technology, which is available on some of the four-, five-, six-, and eight-cylinder engines. Because it uses variable engine valve timing the fuel economy, horsepower and torque are improved, but in the same time the CO2 emissions are reduced. The power is being sent to the rear wheels through a 6L80-E six-speed automatic transmission that features manual tap-shift gear selection. Performance is a big characteristic of the Velite.

The new Buick Velite was designed at GM's Advanced Studio in Warren, Mich. and assembled at renowned coachbuilder Stile Bertone's studio in Italy. The car is a four-seat convertible with an elegant environment and big extravagance. Buick will present the Velite concept at the New York Auto Show and will be the first demonstration of GM's all-new Zeta global vehicle architecture.

The designers of the Buick used a rich design history and modern furniture and even the atmosphere of trend-setting lounges influenced the color, mood and shape of the Velite's exterior and interior. The hood integrates portholes - three per side - in a romantic, yet contemporary nod to Buick's heritage. The hood tilts forward when opened, creating a dramatic look that evokes a bygone era of touring cars.

Environment

Contemporary design also is reflected in the Velite's passenger compartment, which uses sumptuous materials and the warm glow of indirect lighting. Subdued lighting radiates a warm glow throughout the cabin, and is complemented by leather of three shades: Bronze Pearl, Iceberg Blue, and Woven Tan. The look of Gold Leaf Lacquer, in place of wood, is a statement of richness in many Asian cultures; it accents the interior, including the door handles and shift knob. All seating is leather-covered and the materials used throughout the interior were selected for their reassuring tactile feel.

Power to move the Velite comes from Buick's experimental twin-turbocharged, intercooled global V-6 engine. Four hundred horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque are derived from its DOHC design and 3.6-liter displacement. The engine features fuel-saving variable valve timing technology, which is available on some of GM's four-, five-, six- and eight-cylinder engines. Through the use of variable engine valve timing, valve lift and duration is continuously varied to improve fuel economy, horsepower and torque, while reducing emissions.

The V-6 is backed by a Hydra-Matic 6L80-E six-speed, rear-wheel-drive automatic transmission equipped with manual tap-shift gear selection. A pair of large, oval exhaust outlets provides an aural reminder that performance is very much a part of the vehicle's character.

Although a concept, the Velite affirms GM's vision for Buick as a global manufacturer of premium, elegant vehicles. It shows the exciting possibilities of the all-new Zeta vehicle architecture and an expressive new direction for Buick.