The savvy GM Authority reader will recognize that any review of a vehicle from 1972 has inherently missed the mark by a solid 40 years, and is no longer reasonable to be called “news”. That being said…
When you describe a vehicle as being a “luxury car with a little bit of muscle”, there are certain expectations to be met. One might envision a modern Cadillac CTS, using descriptions that involve luxury and muscle. This is not that car. At least by today’s standards.
The review makes reference to “excellent” handling due to the specific GS suspension package. We will direct the reader to a concept called ‘nostalgia glasses’, which refers to remembering things more favorably than they actually were. If one were to remove those glasses when thinking of post-60s muscle, they would recall that those vehicles were still great! As long as you’re not measuring ability to stop, corner, respond, or generally anything more than accelerating in a straight line.
By calling the ’72 Rivera “whipped cream smooth”, perhaps the reviewers were talking about its ability to slide around in circles, making glorious donut after glorious donut. GMAuthority likes classic cars. We always have, we always will. But the ’72 Riv is not much of a performer these days, no matter how much cream you throw on it.