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GM Buick Regal with e-Assist to be Showcased at Chicago 8
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Buick Regal, Camaro, Camaro Z28, Chevrolet, Chicago Auto Show, e-Assist, General Motors, Upcoming Events on 02 8th, 2011

Chevrolet will be bringing two new cars at the Chicago Auto Show. Although very little is known as to what those cars would be, one of them would be based on the Camaro model – Camaro Z28 is great possibility.

As per earlier reports the car will be having a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine with approximately 556 hp (415 kW / 564 PS) and 551 lb-ft (747 Nm) of torque. The styling of the car is too said to be unique.

As for the second car nothing was mentioned except that it would be “fun”. But rumors are that it could be the Buick Regal with e-Assist as an option. eAssist is a power management system that aids a gasoline engine. Normal power comes from a 180 hp 2.4-liter Ecotec delivered through a 6-speed auto.

Also, there is a 115V lithium-ion battery that powers a 15 KW motor-generator unit to provide up to 15 hp and nearly 80 lb-ft torque of assist during acceleration. Having a motor-generator also allows for recuperation during braking and the battery allows for auto start-stop of the engine at idle.

The Camaro model is expected to go in to production by 1st January 2012 shortly followed by sales and will be featured in one of the six ads of the company run during the Super Bowl.

(Via WCF)