designed rail capped with a separate, adhesively bonded roof panel, further strengthened the roof. Installing the battery under the back seat provided better front-to-rear weight balance. Making the hood of aluminum provided significant weight saving compared to the more common steel hood.
The chassis was new, with rack-and-pinion that used a new magnetic variable assist that combined hydraulic, electronic and magnetic control to provide continuously variable assist. Standard were 16-inch aluminum wheels with Eagle TA touring tires.
Mechanically, the 1995 Riviera’s Series II, 3.8-liter V-6 was rated at 205 hp and 230 lb.-ft. of torque. This Riviera turned in 0-60 miles per hour in 9.7 seconds. Fuel economy was 19 mpg city, 29 mpg highway. The supercharged 3800, rated at 225 hp and 275 lb.-ft. of torque, was capable of 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds. Fuel economy was 17 mpg city, 27 mpg highway.
The 1995 Riviera was a truly remarkable advance in design and safety. Buick produced 41,422 of them at a base price of $27,632. (Note: The author has a ’95 supercharged Riviera; in December 1994 the price was $35,500 complete.). A classic was made in 1995.