2012 Buick Regal GS |MotorWeek

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Buick Regal

Episode 3103

When you the name Buick, the most words that come to are luxury, classy, and stylish. the Buick brand also has a performance history, filled Wildcats, Grand Sports, and Nationals. Now, the century old is one again offering its unique of roadmastering performance with the new Regal GS.

General Motors the mostly German engineered GS as a concept at Detroit’s 2010 American International Auto and it peaked a lot of interest. So much so only 20 months later concept has turned into the unchanged production 2012 Regal GS. That includes Euro-chic sport sedan that instantly set the GS miles of more garden variety

There’s the lowered ride twin port hood, Bi-Xenon HID headlights above a of vertical slats and inlets, all a still recognizable Buick grille. A ground hugging facia turns to 19 or 20 inch spoke alloys and deep panel extensions, past trapezoidal exhausts, and up to a rear All making a perfect view for left behind!

But, way the cosmetics, this sport thrives with unique like a special GS version of Interactive Drive Control Like on the Regal Turbo, IDC the driver select suspension and sensitivity. Here there are modes, standard, sport, and an GS mode that increases effort and damping levels further.

Under the hood the GS is packing an Ecotec 2.0-liter, direct boosted four cylinder 270 horsepower, 50 more than the Turbo, with an over 295 lb-ft of torque. Very And in a bold move, the Buick GS is initially offered only a 6-speed manual transmission.

didn’t want to dilute the GS, so a automatic will come

At the drag strip, the GS was indeed euro muscle than Launches were soft and with a turbo grew the has limited steam. Still a of 6.8 seconds, and a quarter mile in seconds at 94 miles per hour is a big over the Regal Turbo.

There was an almost total of torque steer thanks to the HiPer strut suspension. the strut and transmission lack But linkage is smooth and gear is matched to the engine.

But, as most Euro-tweaked sedans, the entertainment is when you turn the side to side. With the IDC set to GS response is quick and sharp. The Struts again performed as managing handling forces and shock, while retaining steering feel. As speeds so does composure. Body is minimized but the effects of expansion is not harsh.

The GS’s Brembo piston front calipers this Regal to a stop in a short 110 feet. Pedal was firm and sporty. Scoring against recent German sedan we’ve tested.

Taking a break, the interior of the GS is sporty and still very a Buick Regal. A flat steering wheel and leather bucket seats greet occupants with good and plenty of leg room. The podded cluster has a large, round and speedo, with coolant, and a multi function display in When you activate the GS Mode, lighting changes from ice to a glowing white.

The GS comes well equipped with climate controls and front heat. Our car sported the optional and audio navigation package with 7-inch touch The screen is also the interface for Intellilink which matches up smartphone apps for Pandora and sites; as well as advanced features like remote

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One downside of European sport style is a tight back and the Regal is no different. It’s OK for two but not three. But, the seatbacks do and the trunk at 14.3 cubic is very usable.

And, with all this performance and comes pretty good fuel economy ratings of and 27-Highway with premium gas Pricing for the top drawer 2012 Regal GS is $35,310. For perspective, an A4 Turbo starts at about 3 less.

In recent years Buick has itself as a younger, more premium brand, one that is more popular abroad at home. Now, it’s more exciting to see that the heritage of this historic is also getting a proper The 2012 Buick Regal GS is a to drive, paving the way for more road cars to come.

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