• Oct 16, 2009
Opel Insignia OPC (with a Buick grille photoshopped on for fun) – Click above for high-res image gallery

Earlier this week General Motors showed its dealers the new Regal and confirmed that the name and car would be coming back to Buick's lineup soon. GM Inside News has been keeping close tabs on what the dealers are being told, which reportedly includes that two four-cylinder engines will be available at launch, the base a 2.4-liter direct injected engine producing 180 horsepower and up-level turbocharged and direct injected 2.0-liter producing about 220 hp.

The most interesting tid bit of info reportedly told to dealers is that the new Regal will also eventually have a sport model. Rumored to be named the GS, the sport model would reportedly feature the same direct injected 3.6-liter V6 as the LaCrosse. It will also reportedly include 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes and be available with all-wheel drive like the rest of the Regal lineup. Unlike those other Regals, however, the GS may also be offered with a six-speed manual transmission.

Based on the Euro-market Opel Insignia, the new Regal GS will have a nice precedent already in the Insignia OPC. The OPC features a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 producing 325 hp, a six-speed manual transmission and a Haldex-based all-wheel-drive system borrowed from the Saab Turbo X. In fact, the Opel Insignia OPC Sport Tourer (wagon) unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this past September was one of the most lust-worthy production cars we came across.



[Source: GM Inside News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      That's not too bad, but if there's going to be a GS T-Type, why not an all black GSX?

      A new GNX would do a lot drive sport interest in Buick.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This Regal GS vs Taurus SHO would make for an interesting match up
        • 5 Years Ago
        Totally different classes. The Regal GS will be about 700 pounds lighter and nearly two feet shorter.

        If Ford made a Fusion SHO, the comparison could get interesting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a good mainstream product. The outside is sleek, the inside attractive and from what I've read about the Opel, it's a nice drive. I do hope they can keep the price in Acura TL territory and not let it creep into 335 land. The former is good company for this car, the later is overmatched in appeal and dynamics.

      Still wish it would have been Pontiac and not Buick that survived.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Um ... I find this car very good looking.

      Good riddance Buick.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hot d@mn! I'm liking all the engines I see!
      That said, wouldn't the top engine overlap a bit much with the top LaCrosse? Actually, don't they share almost all of the engines anyway? Is size really the only difference between these two cars?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very nice looking car.
      I approve.
      • 5 Years Ago
      220 is pretty weak for a turbo 4 w/ DI and GM doesn't have a FWD transmission capable of handling over 300, A manual only Chevy I can see but a Buick no way, not even the G8 GXP came with an optional automatic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What in the story implied it would be manual-only?

        (hint: nothing)
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM has their 6t75.
        But who is to say they won't continue with the Aisin AF40, as seen in the Cadillac SRX.
        • 5 Years Ago
        First off all, the G8 GXP had an optional automatic... pretty much the same one as in the Camaro SS. Second, if talking RWD then GM has an automatic that can take a 550hp and 550lb-ft torque in a 4,200lbs car... that's more power than any production car from any Asian manufacturer.
        However, the current GM lineup doesn't have a FWD transmission that's rated at over 300lb-ft torque. That doesn't mean they are not working on one... or already finished. You have to remember that the current unit was co-developed with Ford, and they have 365hp and 350lb-ft torque engines in heavy cars mated to those gearboxes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If produced it would have many of competitors, actually.

      The Acura TL SH-AWD, Passat CC VR6, even the Maxima now that they're expensive and have 290 hp.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If the Insignia OPC is anything to go by... those cars won't even be close to the performance this will offer :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      An AWD 6-speed Regal GS? That'd be awesome!! At one point I had two Regals in the garage - a 2000 GS, and an 87 T. I never should have gotten rid of that T.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. My buddy had a T-Type -- fantastic car, on and off the strip.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would agree on the 2.8T or even the 2.0T from the cobalt. GM has shown that the 2.0T can push 290hp and 340lb-ft with just a software upgrade and full factory warranty. I would lean toward the 2.0T for less weight.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this car looks very aggressive... i like it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A Grand National it is not. RWD and 300+ HP and 350-400LBF torque, yes. All wheel/FWD no. This is perhaps a great car, but it is NOT the kind of car a GN was, period. This will just not have the "MAJIC", period. I see the FWD 300+hp Chevy Monti-Carlo SS as a perfect comparison. How many people scarfed those up 'eh?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea, but the Monte SS was kind of homely. I'm good with AWD, but I don't like the engine choice.
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