Upon first glance, we are most definitely impressed with all-new, 2017 Buick LaCrosse. But the more we think about it, the more we wonder about a more sporty variant of the full-size sedan. Let’s call it the LaCrosse GS for the sake of our discussion here.
Of course, whether GM and Buick would bring such a model to market depends on many factors, the most vital of which is whether a business case can be made for the variant, which brings us to how a supposed LaCrosse GS could come to market. So, here is the equipment and features our fictitious LaCrosse GS would contain:
The standard (and only) engine — the 3.6L V6 LGX — is rated at 306 horses and 268 pound-feet of torque. So, we could see the new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 LGW in a sideways application making somewhere in the vicinity of 400 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque — fairly respectable numbers, if you ask us. In fact, the power figures are similar to those of the Cadillac XTS V-Sport and its 3.6-liter twin-turbo LF3 engine, which is rated at 410 horses and 369 pound-feet of twist.
From there, the LaCrosse GS will need a more robust transmission to handle the extra power, which we envision will be funneled to the wheels through the new LaCrosse’s fancy and intelligent twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system.
We’d like to also
see hear a noticeable yet refined exhaust note that’s heard from the outside as well as in the cabin. The LGW 3.0L TT V6 should help bring this particular wish to fruition.
Chassis & Suspension
Our imaginary LaCrosse GS won’t just be all engine. To the contrary, we envision a highly capable sport suspension by way of various hardware upgrades, along with a new Sport/Performance setting in the Continuous Damping Control system that’s already available on the non-GS LaCrosse.
We’d also like to see potent Brembo brakes (Brembo brake pads and GM’s Duralife rotors) for confident stopping power in the full-size sedan. A set of colored calipers would make for a nice touch.
Those who have seen the new LaCrosse in person will likely agree that its exterior design is very elegant and refined. That’s a good thing, since adding some aggressive bits would make the car look even better to those who appreciate such a thing.
We can see an aggressive front end treatment with an assertive grille and intakes, in the general direction of the Regal GS. Moreover, our fictive Buick LaCrosse GS would also wear a set of sporty 20-inch wheels while the rear end would house a sporty lower rear fascia with a prominent dual exhaust setup.
Inside, our hearts desire a set of sporty (not the extreme kind) Recaro front seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel with paddles, alloy-covered pedals, along with an option for contrasting stitching on the steering wheel, shifter, and perhaps other interior bits. More aggressive gauge clusters with the GS logo would make for a nice touch.
All in all, a GS variant of the third-generation Buick LaCrosse is not as much of a pipe dream as it may seem at first. Come to think of it, such a vehicle would serve as a spiritual successor to the Cadillac XTS V-Sport, which will be discontinued, along with the entire XTS lineup in the next few years or so.
The real question, then, is whether GM and Buick will decide to bring a LaCrosse GS to market. And if they do, then it will likely contain the elements we outlined above. But until that time comes, we’ll continue dreaming.
Now, sound off in the comments with your thoughts on a high-performance variant of the third-gen LaCrosse, keeping in mind that a new Buick Grand National and/or GNX are not in the cards.