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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by 0xsergy, Aug 4, 2013.
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AMC Eagle Wagon intensifies
For 1989, the Bruckell LeGran gets a healthy dose of style. Gone is the stodgy old grille and sealed beam headlights, which we thought were too tall. Those have been replaced with flush aerodynamic headlights - although some of our reviewers question the "eyeliner" look - as well as the return of Bruckell's signature split waterfall grille. This is the top-of-the-line Sport SE, which also gets a mild body kit, a large trunk lid spoiler and flashy mesh alloy wheels.
On the Sport SE, that style is backed by performance. Its supercharged 3.8-liter V6 produces 220 HP, and the power comes in at mid- to high RPM just like in many imports. Our test car had a 5-speed manual transmission; a 4-speed automatic is also available but we don't recommend it. The manual feels solid and shifts smoothly, more so than you would expect from a transverse-mounted unit.
But it's the handling that impressed us the most. High-end LeGran models, including this Sport SE, get independent rear suspension and optional all-wheel drive - our test car had the works. We have always been impressed with the LeGran's handling, but the Sport SE feels more like a European sport sedan than an American family sedan. Body roll is mild and managed effectively, and cornering is solid; we almost forgot we were driving what the EPA calls a "large car!" The ride is comfortable, albeit a bit stiffer in our Sport SE than in the plain-Jane models.
That all-wheel drive gives another pleasant advantage: off-the-line acceleration. Our driver managed 0-60 MPH in 5.8 seconds, and 60-0 in 3 seconds and 115 feet thanks to Bruckell's excellent anti-lock braking system. Nose dive was moderate, but brake fade was minimal.
And it gets you there in style: the interior combines European quality with American comfort and utility. It features Bruckell's Driver Information System, a computerized system that tells you about all the car's functions. We found it simple and intuitive to use. Seats were plush without losing lumbar support, although we wish the sides were a little more supportive to cope with the Sport SE's cornering prowess. Driver airbags are standard.
Overall, we think the LeGran has graduated from "just another American midsize sedan," now at least on the level of imports in terms of quality, performance and style. Will the market see it for what it is? Time will tell.
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