Buick may have a “Camaro” of its own with the Avista Concept

The Alpha rear wheel drive platform has been deemed as one of the best things GM has created in ages. Every car it underpins is praised by clients and critics, such as the Cadillac ATS and the Chevrolet Camaro. Buick has not seized it so far, but it may if the Avista Concept, presented this last Sunday, ever makes it into the production lines. And it should.

The Avista is a 2+2 with a 2.81 m wheelbase that is exactly the same one used by the sixth generation Camaro, what reinforces the information that it has been built over the Alpha platform. Even if it has so many similarities with the Chevrolet pony car, the Buick concept does not present a V8 under its hood, but a respectable 3.0 V6 twin-turbo engine able to produce 298 kW of power.

The designer that has introduced the Avista is Bryan Nesbitt, now executive director of Global Buick Design. He was formerly known as the talented designer that has come up with the idea creating a nostalgic Chrysler van that became famous as the PT Cruiser. Nesbitt already has a good record of bringing concepts to production. And the Avista surely deserves to become more than a gorgeous design to enrich any museum.

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Apart from the engine and the wheelbase, we have no other meaningful information about the Avista. We know it uses 20-inch wheels, but not the size of the tires. Nor of the car. But let’s hope more details arise one day. Such as price, for example.

 

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.