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OK I searched and did not find the V8 question.

When do you think a small V8 with a little more HP and more torque? Current engines or is GM working on a new one.

What would the up charge be and MPG penalty

Good question for all the GM experts
 
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Given that one of the biggest selling points GM is pushing on these things is fuel economy, I'm not sure they are in a rush to get a V8 engine option out there. This is just a guess on my part, but it would somewhat undermine their marketing angle. They want these Lambdas to be seen as upscale full size (7/8 passenger) SUV/Minivan alternatives that beat all competition in MPG. That would no longer be the case if you put a V8 in it.
 

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V8 as an option not standard. Give people a choice if it makes sense. Sounds like a good poll question....
 

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The rumor I heard about the Acadia Denali is that it would have a V8 available or standard and that the reason the Denali version wouldn't debut until MY 2009 was that the transverse V8 wouldn't be ready until then. That could all be speculation - I have no way of knowing.
 

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OK I searched and did not find the V8 question.

When do you think a small V8 with a little more HP and more torque? Current engines or is GM working on a new one.

What would the up charge be and MPG penalty

Good question for all the GM experts
Interestingly the Enclave brochure identifies the three vehicle 2008 Buick family. In it is the LaCrosse Super. On the Buick.com website it demonstrates the LaCrosse 300 hp 323 lb-ft 5.3 V8 with Active Fuel Mgmt which will available in the fall.
Could it be?

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That would be great if it came true. 300/323 sounds like it would make a nice addition/choice
 

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The super engine has active fuel management AGM or 8 cylinders to 4.
 

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The Super engine is paired with a four-speed automatic. Except at very low speeds you're better off with the current powertrain.

The Lambdas will probably get a new DOHC V8, though I suppose the engine in the Super is a possibility. If so, hopefully it'll be paired with an upgarded six-speed automatic.

An OHV V8 will probably add $1,000 to $1,250 to the price. A DOHC V8 will probably add about twice that.
 

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While a V8 was probably in the plan initially, I wouldn't bet on it happening now.

I'm basing this on the comments from Bob Lutz in response to the proposed increase in mileage standards and CO2 emission reductions, which caused GM to hold their RWD car programs past 2009 for reevaluation . In light of this the more likely offering could be the direct injected version of the 3.6 VVT, being used in the Caddy CTS, that has around 300+ hp.

If they do offer a V8, I suspect they'd price it pretty steeply to keep the take rate down. I'm in agreement with Admin's statement regarding a V8 in these.
 

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Given that one of the biggest selling points GM is pushing on these things is fuel economy, I'm not sure they are in a rush to get a V8 engine option out there. This is just a guess on my part, but it would somewhat undermine their marketing angle. They want these Lambdas to be seen as upscale full size (7/8 passenger) SUV/Minivan alternatives that beat all competition in MPG. That would no longer be the case if you put a V8 in it.
The only way I see a V8 being offered is if Buick decides to offer an performance oriented model similar to say
the LaCrosse Super or Lucerne Super. As for cost and mpg, a safe assumption would be "you're gonna pay
through the nose for less mpg"
 

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I think a V8 is 95% certain. The real questions are when and what, not if.

Buick offered a V8 in the Rainier. It'd be like that. Though I think you're right, they might well call it a "Super."
 
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