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Buick Regal GS Gets 270 HP, Video

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The Buick Regal Turbo is a fun car, but it could use a little more power for the real enthusiast driver. The answer to that problem comes in the form of the Regal GS, confirmed with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque today by GM.

Using the familiar Ecotec 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine to drive the front wheels, the GS is available with a six-speed auto or, like the Regal Turbo, a six-speed manual.

Whichever gearbox you choose, torque is on demand from 2,400 rpm (peak), with 95 percent of max torque available from 2,300 rpm to 4,900 rpm. That hints at a strong falloff in power from 4,900 to redline, so short shifting (and hence the manual) may be a solid bet to wring the most out of the Regal GS.

Despite the potent power output and the Regal's less than diminutive curb weight, the GS rates 28 mpg on the highway--not exactly fuel-sipper territory, but much less of a compromise than most enthusiasts are used to.

Backing up the powertrain is an Interactive Driver Control System that lets the driver select from three modes for suspension settings and steering sensitivity. The three levels, standard, sport, and GS, rise from comfort to performance.

In the looks department, the GS gets some unique features, including standard 19-inch five-twin-spoke alloy wheels, with optional 20-inch upgrades.

Check out the video below to see a taste of the Regal GS in action.

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  1. Time out; stop the bus -- no all-wheel drive? Whaaat? From a former owner of a NASCAR-inspired, wind-tunnel tested, FWD(?) Pontiac GTP Coupe - since traded for a fabulous G35 Coupe, just get the frickin Lexus ES350. Add Eibach springs; upgrade shocks; same difference. What a bunch of boneheads at Gubment Motors.
     
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  2. AWD is handy for snowy weather, and it's fun to launch with as well, but Ford has proven it's not necessary for either handling or speed, and the weight/expense saved can be put into other areas. Then there's the fuel economy penalty for hauling around the transfer case and turning extra rotating mass. In other words: I'll withhold judgment until I can drive one, but I don't see anything fundamentally wrong here.
     
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  3. it still looks like something a grandpa would drive.
     
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  4. 4-cylinder turbo, 270hp, 295 pound-feet torque, and 28mpg are indicators that without a doubt, Buick is moving in the right direction. Buick doesn't need to have European or Japanese-like specs to be a good car. The looks of the car is conservative. IMO it has been designed so it can attract consumers of different ages, and that's the smart thing to do: not too bold, not too boring. A customized version of this car could be very interesting to males of all ages: 1. tweak the turbo to 300hp with a chip, cold air intake and a cat-back exhaust (stage 2 package), drop the car one inch, add skirts, spoilers and a rear wing, and you have gotten yourself a mean Buick
     
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  5. Is the Regal GS a good thing? Yes. Is the power number sufficient? Sure. What about those of us that do get inclement weather on and off for 6 months out of the year? Torque steer anyone?
    AWD for me please.
     
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