As winter finally (hopefully) winds to a close and spring is upon us, we have started looking forward to the next sports car that will be gracing our showroom. The 2012 Buick Regal GS is an all-new trim level of the recently released model that comes with a few tweaks to an already solid car. The GS will get a turbocharged 2.0L Ecotec engine delivering 255 horsepower and 295 lb. ft. of torque, which Buick claims will get the car from 0-60 in under 7 seconds. Other equipment will include four-wheel disc brakes with Brembo front calipers, and 19-inch alloy wheels (20 inch wheels with performance tires will be optional.) The GS will also have unique front and rear fascias with a GS specific grille and additional air intake, as well as rocker panel extensions and an intergrated rear spoiler. Interior wise, the car will have 12-way power leather front seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, metal pedals and satin-finished accents throughout the cabin. One of the more interesting features is the Interactive Driving Control, which will enable drivers to select from three suspension/steering settings: Standard, Sport, and GS.
As the last of the this snow finally melts, we are left to salivate over the arrival of the latest Buick, looks like we’ll have to wait until mid-summer for the GS to hit our lot and it can’t come fast enough. For now, enjoy some pics!
The last time Buick had graced the cover of Motor Trend magazine was way back in August of 1982, with the release of the Century T-Type. We couldn’t be happier to see that Buick is now getting the recognition is properly deserves while it transforms itself from “grandpa’s car” into a modern, premium brand. That revolution started with the release of the Enclave a couple years back, and continued with the release of the LaCrosse luxury sedan last year, and now with the release of the Regal sport sedan this year.
I’ll be the first to admit that before the transformation, Buick was stale – I, being in my early twenties, would never have considered buying a Buick. The last model that appealed to me would have been the late-80’s GNX, of which you’ll find about 400 examples nation wide, and was more of an anomaly for Buick than a stepping stone. The cars of the 90’s and into the 2000’s were made and marketed for the older generation, with no regard for young buyers in mind. The Enclave was really the first step Buick took to become proactive in looking for customers in a new demographic – sure it’s still got the luxury and ride to appeal to the older generation, but take one look at it and you can’t tell me it wouldn’t fit right in in the garage of a young family.
The LaCrosse came next, and that really got everyone thinking about the new direction this brand was heading in – like the Enclave it still had all the amenities you would want out of the Buick, but in a much, much more appealing (for me, anyway) package. Not to mention the slew of technological options inside – ie stereo, navigation, flip up rear DVD screens – that could be had.
Lastly, and finally, came the Regal this year. After generating buzz at auto shows with its new styling and flair, dealers started getting their first shipments of the new sport sedan in spring of this year. In his review of the 2011 Regal, Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief Angus Mackenzie says the Regal “is the first Buick in history with internationally chic sheetmetal and sophisticated road manners to match,” and that it “is truly likely to appeal to young, affluent, trend-setting import buyers.” I couldn’t agree with him more – I’ve never looked at a Buick the way I look at the Regal, and a couple years ago when we were selling Centurys and Park Avenues (great cars in their own right, just not my style) I would have never imagined a Buick being compared to a Lexus or Audi the way the Regal and LaCrosse have been. This coming year we are expecting to see the Regal GS – although it hasn’t been officially announced by GM – and I can’t wait to see the buzz around that car. A Buick AWD sport sedan with a turbo and 6-speed stick you say? Sign me up. The latest word we’ve got has been hinting at a small premium car, as well as a small cross-over in the coming years – I say if they keep up the work they’ve done with their last few models, keep ’em coming!
Buick has announced a new Buick Regal will join its line-up for the 2011 model year. After GM decided Buick would be one of its 4 core-brands, it became apparent that the brand would need more models to flesh out its showrooms alongside the Enclave and Lacrosse, and the Regal is its first addition. The Regal is based upon the Opel Insignia, which was recently voted Europe’s car of the year. The Buick version will slot into the lineup below the all-new 2010 Lacrosse, becoming the least expensive Buick for sale in Canada and the US.
The new Regal shares its Epsilon II platform with the recently redesigned LaCrosse, but the wheelbase is four inches shorter and 6.7 inches shorter overall. While the LaCrosse will soon add an available four-cylinder engine, the Regal will launch with only four-cylinders. The base engine will be the increasingly prevalent 2.4-liter EcoTec with direct injection. In Europe, the Insignia is available in a Sedan, Wagon, and a high-performance AWD speeder complete with a manual transmission.
The Buick Regal GS concept is being unveiled at the Detroit International Auto Show next week packing a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. With output dialled up to 255-horsepower and 295-pound-feet of torque, the new Regal GS should easily eclipse the 60 mph mark in less than 6 seconds. The GS also sports an adaptive all-wheel drive system, with drive sent to all 4 wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.Visual differences between the regular Regal and the new Regal GS are a lowered ride height, a discreet bodykit, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, Recaro bucket seats with four-way lumbar support and cushion extensions, and a racing style steering wheel and metal pedals
Only the premium CXL model will be available at launch, which is expected around the half-way point of 2010, with the turbo version being added next summer.
Let us know what you think of the new Regal, and Regal GS, in the comments section below.