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.