When people think about Buicks, words like old, boring, and grandpa come to mind. Very rarely, if ever, does the word sporty get uttered as an accurate description, but get ready for all of that to change. In an effort to change the stigma attached to the brand, Buick is releasing an all new Buick Regal GS which will arrive at dealerships in the fall of 2011. This new vehicle will target models like the Audi A4 and the Acura TSX with its exclusive Ecotec 2.0L direct injected, turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 270 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque.

The last time a GS model was released by Buick, it was 2004. This model was powered by a 3.8 L L67 Series II supercharged V6 that produced 240 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque. Technology, and the constant need to improve fuel economy, has allowed Buick to pump out more horsepower out of a smaller engine, all while providing an estimated fuel economy of 33 MPG.

UPDATE 08/04/2011: Buick has announced that the Regal GS will be put on sale this fall at a starting price of $35,310, which includes a $860 destination charge. Standard features on the GS model include: push-button start; a leather-wrapped, flat-bottom sport steering wheel with audio controls; metal sport pedals; and leather-appointed, heated and 12-way adjustable sport seating, a Harman Kardon premium 336-watt, 5.1 Matrix Surround Sound system with nine speakers.

UPDATE 05/22/2012: During a recent test drive at Nevada Open Road Challenge, the 270 Regal GS clocked in an impressive top speed of 162 mph - making it the fastest model Buick ever made. The car was piloted by Rietow and Townsend and the only modifications were limited to safety equipment such as a roll hoop and five-point harness seat belts, as well as data collection computers. Check out the new video to see the test drive!

Hit the jump for more details on the Buick Regal GS.

  • 2012 Buick Regal GS
  • Year:
    2012
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Ecotec direct injected, turbocharged engine
  • Transmission:
    six-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    270
  • MPG(Hwy):
    33
  • Torque @ RPM:
    295
  • Displacement:
    2000 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.7 sec.
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  • body style:

Exterior and Interior

2012 Buick Regal GS High Resolution Exterior
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The Regal GS exterior is defined by prominent, vertical air intake slots and specific grille treatment. The vertical elements of the vehicle are accented in a satin-metallic finish and feature a pair of integrated, satin-metallic trapezoidal exhaust outlets and an integrated rear spoiler.

The GS cuts a sportier stance, too, with a lower ride height than other Regal models and aggressive 19-inch, 5-Twin Spoke alloy wheels and all-season tires (20-inch, 5-Twin Spoke polished alloy wheels with performance tires are optional).

Standard features on the GS model include: push-button start; a leather-wrapped, flat-bottom sport steering wheel with audio controls; metal sport pedals; and leather-appointed, heated and 12-way adjustable sport seating, a Harman Kardon premium 336-watt, 5.1 Matrix Surround Sound system with nine speakers.

2012 Buick Regal GS High Resolution Interior
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For the interior, Buick is offering a racing-inspired, flat-bottom sport steering wheel and metal sport pedals, along with leather-appointed 12-way power-adjustable sport driver and front passenger heated seats.

Engine

2012 Buick Regal GS Drivetrain
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The 2012 Buick Regal GS has the privilege of being powered by Buick’s exclusive Ecotec 2.0L direct-injected turbocharged four-cylinder, boasting of direct injection, continuously variable valve timing, forged steel crankshaft, a twin scroll design turbocharger, and an efficient intercooler system. This whole package was SAE-certified to deliver 270 horsepower (201kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400Nm), up from the 255 HP originally predicted and much higher than the current Regal Turbo and its 220 HP. The peak torque is available at a low 2,400 rpm, but 95% of it is available between 2,300 and 4,900 rpm. The EcoTec engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission, but a six-speed automatic will be available at a later date. This complete package allows the Regal GS to complete the 0-60 mph sprint in 6.7 seconds, nearly two seconds faster than the Regal Turbo.

2012 Buick Regal GS High Resolution Drivetrain
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If anyone thinks fuel economy will suffer because of the added horsepower, they would be absolutely wrong. The Buick Regal GS actually gets 33 MPG (7.1L/100km), which is about 1 MPG better than the standard Regal. This vehicle truly achieves the best of both worlds.

Handling and Braking Power

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The Buick Regal GS features a four-wheel-independent suspension with a unique High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut) front suspension design. The HiPerStrut system is a unique suspension system that is a vast improvement over the systems used previously. The added components enable the steering knuckle to rotate independently from the strut tower, creating a better separation between steering and shock absorption. This improves camber control and also maintains ideal suspension geometry. And now with the Buick Interactive Drive Control System, the driver can control the suspension stiffness through the "Sport" and "GS" buttons.

With HiPer Strut, the torque steer that was prevalent in the 2011 Regal is almost nonexistent now, and steering response and control are improved significantly. These enhancements allowed engineers to place a 270 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder in the Regal GS. This advanced 2.0L replaces the old 220 horsepower four-banger and has the highest horsepower-per-liter ratio General Motors has ever produced.

The Interactive Drive Control System chassis technology, which increases handling and stability, is also present in the Regal GS. This system comes with two options in the Regal Turbo, “Standard” for everyday use and “Sport” for a higher level of performance. However, unlike the Regal Turbo, the Regal GS also gets a “GS” mode which further tightens the suspension and steering response.

Braking power for the GS comes in the large diameter four-wheel disc brake system that features big, four-piston Brembo front calipers, as well as standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control with integrated, full-speed traction control.

Pricing

The Buick Regal GS will be in dealerships in the fall of 2011 with a starting price of $35,310, which includes a $860 destination charge.

Competition

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The upgraded power found in the Buick Regal GS allows the sedan to compete against some impressive vehicles. The standout specs can be found in the torque and the fuel economy where the Regal GS stands out among the crowd.

Model Engine Horsepower Torque Fuel Economy (HWY)
Buick Regal GS Ecotec 2.0L direct-injected turbocharged four-cylinder 270 295 33
Acura TSX 3.5L V6 280 254 28
Audi A4 S-Line Sport 2.0 liter turbocharged DOHC engine 211 258 30
Lexus IS 250 2.5L V6 204 185 30
2012 Buick Regal GS High Resolution Exterior
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33 comments:

  (419) posted on 06.14.2012

Even if it raises its money value, I think it’s only worth it.

  (677) posted on 06.7.2012

We just hope that the rise in price won’t be that too high.

  (458) posted on 05.27.2012

I don’t think that it will be that expensive. Its price may raise, of course; you can’t expect it to improve, yet reduce the price!

  (570) posted on 05.24.2012

It’s most likely that its price will be almost sky-high because of the improved ponies and torque.

  (600) posted on 02.22.2012

I don’t think this car will ever make a good sale in market. It’s so bulky and I don’t think it can run that fast like other ordinary luxury car. I think the company should remodel it.

  (619) posted on 01.31.2012

I loved how it was organized in the interior. The sporty-look which I wanted in most of the cars in this present time. The exterior is just right, enough reason for buyers to buy it.

  (427) posted on 12.28.2011

Well, unlike them, I’m already satisfied with its engine, and I still find it so fun to drive with as long as it is on a turbocharged barrel. Anyway, Regal GS is one of the most attractive and exclusive vehicles that I saw today!

  (858) posted on 12.20.2011

Wow, Buick is definitely eager to get back into the scene again; they have already released several models in just a few months. Good thing that this one actually looks promising.

  (526) posted on 12.14.2011

Regal really has an impressive and exclusive exterior design, but I must say that unlike them, I didn’t like its interior. I just noticed that it’s not appropriate on a decent look of this regal.

  (374) posted on 11.23.2011

It’s not a sports car that’s why I think it doesn’t really need to have a powerful engine output. Anyway, I love the improvement that this Regal GS had inside and out of it.

  (798) posted on 11.23.2011

The steering wheel of this Buick seems so nice! Well, I also love the sporty interior of it even with its simple exterior detailing. However, I don’t think that it could have a nice speed even though it is on a turbo engine.

  (530) posted on 11.21.2011

I love the simplicity of this Buick! smiley I noticed that it is already looking very attractive at that. However, I’m still not impressed or even satisfied with its engine output.

  (484) posted on 11.10.2011

In spite of having only a simple detailing and styling, I must say that Buick Regal GS is still looks so impressive for me, and I love the decency of its appearance, but I wonder if what will be the market price of it?

  (577) posted on 10.25.2011

Buick Regal GS is already striking and looking good on its aesthetic design and creamy sleek body paint, and I noticed that it looks so decent with its headlights, well I only hope that the interior of it is impressive as well as its exterior.

  (428) posted on 10.18.2011

Is it in a matte color? Anyway, despite of having a simple platform and styling, I can say that it was still very appealing on that simplicity and its increased horsepower is really sounds great on it.

  (630) posted on 10.3.2011

Elegant exterior design and its mouthed car curve it complements to the overall gesture of the car. For me Regal GS simply complete, no doubt and question on its interior components for me its impressive and powerful.

  (448) posted on 09.8.2011

Well, I have to say that I’m so impressed on this car. I seen this vehicle in the road and it really look so great! It seems we can see great modification for the future production.

  (256) posted on 09.8.2011

I was amazed in the styling of the vehicle as well as its speed performance. Both interior and exterior the car kind of great!I hope to see a future production for this one.

  (415) posted on 09.5.2011

The platform design seems very common but despite that I’m still impressed with it, most especially with its front and with the fact that they made an improvement on its handling.

  (1) posted on 08.19.2011

I like this car, at least as much as I can with out a test drive. I am not so wound up on the lack of awd and the 0-60 times. I am more concerned with what the car can do in real life situations more than what it can hypothetically do on a track. If it provides the same level of fun in real world driving as an infiniti or bmw with excellent fit and finish and can cruise highways comfortably and come loaded standard with lots of extras for thousands less I am so sold. Even though I feel as if I am 40 years too young to buy a Buick I am not as hung up on brand as much as value for money.

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