Disappearing Redline - 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Buick Regal Long Term Road Test

2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo: Disappearing Redline

March 16, 2011


Quick! What's the rediline on our 2011 Buick Regal CXL turbo? Don't Sherlock Holmes this photo or enlarge the shot. Allow yourself nothing more than the same half-second (or less) glance you'd take if you were consulting the tach before your next upshift.


Like a blowtorch, the glowing red tach needle emits a beam of red light that sets the surrounding area aglow. Looks OK here at idle, but it royally messes up the view of the redline at the precise moment you'll be taking that pre-upshift glance.

We can debate the merits of driving a Buick to redline in the first place, but that's not really the point. I found this without looking for it; I was playing with the Regal's manual mode "because it's there".

If a car's transmission offers a manual mode, if it has a tachometer, if that tach has a redline and, most importantly, if that car is powered by a turbo engine that revs freely up to said redline, then all of it had better work. This redline doesn't work...at night, at least.

Perhaps someone somewhere needs to consider a tiny dab of paint on the tip of the needle to kill the reflection.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 2,762 miles

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