The striking 2012 Buick Verano represents the future of the premium compact sedan in this country, but it achieves that status thanks to a technology that was first introduced in times long past: In fact, the Verano’s exclusive Z-link rear suspension is based on a system originally used more than 225 years ago on steam engines.
That’s when James Watt—the engineering genius whose inventions helped jumpstart the Industrial Revolution—developed a mechanical linkage to help keep the pistons in steam engines moving in a straight up-and-down direction. Adapted for use in automotive suspensions, this link helps prevent side-to-side motion from occurring between a vehicle’s axle and its body, but still allows for up-and-down travel.
In the Verano, this means Anderson Buick customers can carve the corners more aggressively, and without worrying about intrusive body roll. Yet they still benefit from superior ride comfort, because the Z-link suspension can still move vertically to help absorb bumps and cracks in the road.
But that’s not all, according to Matt Purday, the Verano’s vehicle performance manager: “By using a Z-link on Verano, we were able to achieve the crisp chassis dynamics, a smooth ride, and hushed road noise that Buick customers have come to expect. Z-link and other chassis refinements implemented on Verano are expected to deliver unmatched ride quality in the luxury compact car segment.”
Key examples of those “other chassis refinements”:
- A front MacPherson-strut suspension boasting components made from high-strength aluminum
- Vibration-reducing urethane cushions mounted at the top and bottom of the suspension springs
- A larger, twin-tube damper, for increased ride control and decreased road noise
Customers won’t have to suspend their interest in the Verano much longer, either, because the new Buick goes on sale at dealers like Kendall Buick Dealer later this year.