Buick Reatta

Buick Reatta Coupe

The Buick Reatta is a car of Buick, which was built between 1988 and 1991 as a convertible ( Cabriolet ) and coupe.


The big Buick convertible in the 1940s and 1950s -founded with her whale grill and the technical details, such as the Dynaflow system ( engine starts when you step on the accelerator to ) the reputation of the Buick brand as a sporty premium brand of General Motors. In the 1960s and 1970s, especially the model Buick Riviera was granted relative success. For him, the designers borrowed their design for the first time no longer in the maritime fauna, but took elements of boat building, which the former Riviera quickly earning popularly nicknamed Boattail ( boat tail ). The stagnation of sales, however, was alone unstoppable with the Riviera. The Buick models permanent increasingly a niche in the product range of General Motors and sank more and more into technical and optical Tristesse. Mid-1980s, then you remembered at Buick 's successful past and produced the first drafts of a pure two-seater, the spirit of the times of the ego -trip individualism following, as a convertible and coupe produced by the competition from Ford ( Mustang ) and Chrysler ( LeBaron ) should make wealthy, young lure their customers away.

In January 1988, the first Reatta coupes were then delivered to the dealers. As with Riviera, Reatta remembered the name already in water sports. But even the Reatta was, just like its sister models, such as lead in the windows, even though the coupe with $ 25,000 initially significantly less than a simple Corvette and by more than half less than the Cadillac Allanté cost. This was due to the general decline in the market and the fact that the Reatta did not match the image forth in the more conservative Buick 's lineup; and the electronic dashboard was not to everyone's taste.

In spring 1990 Buick slid a convertible version with manually -to-use roof according to (from $ 34,995 ), but what the Reatta could not save. Until 1991 saw overall 19.314 coupes and 2,437 convertibles.


  • Engine: GM- large-scale technology: 3.8- liter V6 front engine with two valves and electronic fuel injection, mounted transversely. Power 123 kW at 5500-1
  • Torque: 330 Nm
  • Transmission: Four -speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Flanged directly to the motor - shaft drive to the front wheels
  • Suspension: Mc. Pherson struts front. Coachman rigid axle with a transverse plastic leaf spring rear.
  • Brakes: four- wheel brakes. Rear axle sits the caliper on the left front and on the right side of the back of the brake disc.
  • Performance: top speed 183 km / h, acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h approx 10 s
  • Consumption: 8-14 liters Normalbenzin/100 km


Main problem with this car, the brakes in the opinion of critics. According to them, the brake system is extremely undersized. Braking maneuvers from more than 160 km / h through the front discs usually without injuries.