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2001 Buick Bengal

By luanpa in | December 22, 2009 | Comments Off on 2001 Buick Bengal

The Buick Bengal is a Concept car roadster designed and built by Buick.  It was first shown to the public at the 2001 North American International Auto in Detroit, Michigan. 

The Buick Bengal was an attempt to rejuvenate the Buick line, and make it seem more appealing to younger people. It was powered by a supercharged 3.4L V6, which was mated to a six speed automatic transmission. The transmission was mounted ahead of the engine, to allow a more forward placement of the front wheels to improve handling.

Though a 2 seat roadster in general design, the rear decklid can be lifted to reveal two extra seats. One of the most desirable features of the Bengal is its voice activated controls. The car is able to distinguish over 100 commands given to it by voice, which can operate various things from the headlights, windshield wipers, and convertible top, to the heater, navigation system, seat adjustments, and cruise control. The system was named Quiet Servant and it was developed by Visteon  Corporation. The dashboard is free of traditional gauges, everything instead is displayed on demand on a single flat panel screen.

In 2001 Buick claimed they wanted to put the Bengal into production, but plans were shelved until 2004 when they revealed the Veliteconcept, which is a more realistic roadster design.


Country of origin: United States
Numbers built: N/A (Prototype)
Produced in: 2001

Configuration: V 6
Location: Front, longitudinally mounted
Displacement: 3.4 liter / 207.5 cu in
Valvetrain: 2 valves / cylinder, OHV
Fuel feed: Fuel Injection
Aspiration: Supercharger

Chassis/body: unitary steel
Front suspension: McPherson struts
Rear suspension: five-bar multi-link
Gearbox : 6 speed Automatic
Drive: Front wheel drive

Weight: 1497 kilo / 3300.3 lbs
Length / Width / Height: 4450 mm (175.2 in) / 1868 mm (73.5 in) / 1267 mm (49.9 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r): 2794 mm (110 in) / N/A / N/A

Performance figures
Power: 250 bhp / 187 KW
Torque: 325 Nm / 240 ft lbs
BHP/Liter: 74 bhp / liter
Power to weight: 0.17 bhp / kg

Buick Bengal

Buick Bengal



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