2012 Buick Regal GS Preview

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The 2012 Buick Regal GS is here, unveiled in Miami ahead of a likely showing at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. Just as expected, it's essentially unchanged from its concept form, powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, and it gets a handful of other upgrades that should make it the driver's choice in the Buick range--especially when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.

First revealed as a concept at this year's Detroit Auto Show, the Regal GS gets an Ecotec 2.0-liter turbo four that cranks out 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, putting expected 0-60 mph sprints under seven seconds. The engine isn't the end of the Regal GS story, however: the Interactive Driver Control System (IDCS) adjustable suspension is standard, offering sport and GS modes in addition to the normal ride.

Beyond that, the car gets HiPerStrut front suspension, an upgraded front Brembo brake package, standard 19-inch and optional 20-inch alloy split five-spoke wheels, and unique exterior front and rear fascias.

Inside, the Regal GS gets "racing inspired" touches including a flat-bottom steering wheel and metal sport pedals. The Buick luxury treatment is in full effect as well, with heated 12-way adjustable leather sport seats standard and GS-specific black interior theme with satin-finish accents on the instrument panel, steering wheel, and console.

Check out page two for the full release and specs on the 2012 Buick Regal GS.


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Comments (6)
  1. Great car now give it a TDI @ 50 MPG!

  2. Yet another stripped down, half assed 'attempt' from GM

  3. Unbelievable...3710lb curb weight!!! Why can't GM build a svelte sports sedan weighing in at 3400lb or less! Huge difference in vehicle dynamics and you don't need a 300HP bohemoth to power that! Missed opportunity.

  4. Curb weight is what separates this GM from Hyundai's overly light machines. The drive trains are lighter yet strong which accounts for GM's mileage advantages. All wheel drive has to be in the works. They are establishing it's brand/price as world car first then offer sophisticated systems for the weather/handling.

  5. If GM does not include AWD, just another sedan. Performance, Manual, and AWD are necessary to become "World Class". Close, but coming up short w/o AWD.

  6. "Essentially unchanged"? Er, didn't the concept have all-wheel-drive and GM execs claiming they were looking for a sub 6-second 0-60 Buick? I mean, other than those minor details, yeah, it's *exactly* the same. :P

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