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Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer -- Click above for high-res image gallery

While we were talking about the Escalade EXT launch with Susan Docherty (don't ask) during the Regal reveal at the Hollywood Palladium last week, Car & Driver's Steve Siler was pushing Maximum Bob about sportier versions of the newest Buick. Now, we heard mumblings about a new Buick Regal GS last month, but that was just dealer hearsay. Siler's report is straight from Lutz's mouth, and while he's not exactly the most reliable GM exec we've ever talked with, he does seem to have his finger on the General's performance pulse.

To summarize a bit, a 335-hp, all-wheel-drive manny-tranny version of the Regal might be coming, labeled with the legendary GS badge. There might even be a wagon version of the top of the line Regal – maybe even one with GM's eLSD torque vectoring. In fact, Lutz made it sound like GM might just import the 325-hp turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer, crank up the boost a smidge and slap a Regal GS badge on it – which is more than totally fine with us. In fact, Siler suggests that what GM ought to do is make the tip top Regal wagon-only – sort of like the MazdaSpeed3 or WRX STI. Maybe call it the Buick Regal GSX? But like most such things involving GM these days, we'll believe it when we see it.



[Source: Car & Driver]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I will believe it when I see it too! At most, GM will put in an underpowered 4 cyl. producing around 170 bhp. At this point in time--this is a huge stretch for GM---you will never see 335 bhp. in this platform, it's just not within their image or capability! Too bad, I would consider one!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ 2001... Jessica:

        "Maybe they will hop in the all famous cobalt ss engine. But than it would not be the same because to weight and handling problems."

        I wouldn't think that the 2.0L "LNF" would be that much heavier than the 2.4 ("LAF"?) currently slated for the Regal. The only additional weight would be the turbo and associated intercooler plumbing - maybe 100# or so. And I'd think the current manual would work well too - better than the current 6T45 calibrations, anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe they will hop in the all famous cobalt ss engine. But than it would not be the same because to weight and handling problems.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lonewolf you said: Hey, a "underpowered" 170hp 4cyl would be a better offering than more than half of the engines available in Germany. Maybe it's a surprise for you, but you don't need 220 hp in a heavy car to make it move.

        You are correct sir, except for this one significant point; you need 335 bhp. to make a heavy car move!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey, a "underpowered" 170hp 4cyl would be a better offering than more than half of the engines available in Germany. Maybe it's a surprise for you, but you don't need 220 hp in a heavy car to make it move.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GS 6-speed manual AWD wagon - WHERE DO I SIGN UP?!?!

      I currently drive a 2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT 5-speed manual wagon as my daily driver - and I'm looking for something to replace it... A GS 6MT AWD wagon would be perfect! While I like the idea of a CTS-V wagon, the GS would be a more practical daily driver... AWD would be nice since I live in IL and I'm sure the mileage would be much better than the V.

      I've got a C6 Z06 for when I really feel the need for speed :)

        • 5 Years Ago
        Last year they made a stick in the turbo GT wagon, right?

        If they had gotten the NAV in I would have bought one. But instead they went they other way and killed the turbo stick wagon, then the turbo wagon, then all non-Outback wagons completely.
        • 5 Years Ago
        2005 was actually the first and only year they made that generation of Legacy in a GT stick wagon. When I ordered the car in February of '05 I almost considered waiting for the '06's... Needless to say, I'm glad I didn't!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Have you done something bad to your Legacy? Or are you just itching for a change? I'm still about as happy with my LGT Limited Wagon 5MT as I was when I bought it in '05. The only things I'd like to change are the final drive ratio (just a little longer legs would bump up fuel mileage without significantly hurting performance... as it is it's almost unnecessary to downshift over 60 in 5th unless you want to get to 90+ REAL quick) and the low-feature audio system. I'm used to the quirky climate control now, and still hooked on the performance and overall quality and reliability. I keep up with new cars just because I've been a car geek for decades, but there's nothing that I think would please me as much as my LGT Wagon does.

        I also enjoy laughing at the Subaru salesmen when I go in for scheduled maintenance and they ask if I'm interested in a new car... they get uncomfortable when I explain that they stopped selling cars I wanted. The Outback-only thing for wagons was bad enough before they came out with this new ugly one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm really, REALLY liking what I see/hear.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I go out and buy this CTS Wagon with its sedan rear doors and ridiculous C-pillar treatment for $50K and then GM ships a Buick wagon for $30K with proper wagon rear doors I'm going to be miffed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a sweet car. I'd rather see them try to get 300 hp out of the turbo 4, keep awd optional, give it stiffer legs and a stick, and save 4 mpg and $5000 in comparison to this car. I think competing with the tsx v6 is better territory than against a 335i.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Finally something from a US company that would pull me away from my 20+ year fascination with Audis. Make it fun and don't give me crap if I come in to the dealer with shoe polish residue and outer tire wear.

        To this day, I've never seen a Buick at a track event.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw an Opel* today lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ironically, this would have been the right formula for a Pontiac Grand Prix :-<

      Sounds great but here is the problem - the Pontiac G8 for example - awesome car, offered 5 series performance for much less than 5 series money. Yet (at least where I live) people will still pay double the price just so they can say it's a BMW. I see the same danger here - 535xi comparable at 1/2 the price, yet people will balk because of the badge.

      But then again the Genesis sedan is a hit - so who knows?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ugh the plastic complaint.

        The pontiac g8 started at under $30k when it came to the US and most cars with base prices in the 20s have plastic interiors. The cheaper BWMs have a good amount of plastic surfaces as well.

        You can't expect the car to be big, have a good engine, a good well tuned chassis, be cheap, and have a world leading interior. Something has to give and since pontiac isn't a high price brand it would have had to be interior or performance and GM made the right choice.

        Now
        • 5 Years Ago
        Let's be honest - you didn't buy a G8 GT for the interior, you bought it for the hack-job LS2/LS3 hybrid and the Corvette tranny.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Hamhock, the way to get people to pay twice as much for your badge is to be consistent. When GM demonstrates that it's totally committed to producing great sports sedans, year after year and generation after generation, they'll be able to command the same prices as BMW. The launch of the G8 was a massive step in the right direction. If they'd kept that up for, oh, 10 years or so, they'd be in the right ballpark.

        But of course, that's not what they did. Instead, they canned the G8 after, what, a year. I know GM had to trim its lineup, but c'mon -- talk about kicking your customers where it hurts.

        • 5 Years Ago
        People will pay twice the price because the quality of the materials is noticeably higher and the driving dynamics are just that bit sharper, not to mention the free maintenance. I sat in a G8 at an auto show and was massively let down by the plasticky interior. You shouldn't get that in a car that costs even $35,000! (The Caddy CTS has about the same quality interior as the 5 series and IS 35K. That's why it works.) So GM spent the money on the engine and chassis, but the interior is plebeian. That's why the car costs 35K and not 60K.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How do you make a pretty cool European car instantly and embarrassingly undesirable by anyone under 70? Import it and re-badge it as a Buick. I wouldn't be caught dead in one.

        Why not bring decent Euro GM products over and keep them Euro. They killed another good car when they gave Saturn the Astra. I had one in England, but would have never bought it as a Saturn.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear "Maximum" Bob Lutz,

      A new Buick GS wagon = My next new car.

      Get'er Done.

      Regards,
      Rick
      • 5 Years Ago
      i would seriously want it and i know the US dealers would tack on 10k mark up on it...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, instead of having that nice grille as on the Opel, it will have that Buick...thing...which will just make it look like an old persons car.

      But something cheaper then the CTS wagon would be nice, especially with a manual.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I believe it's wrong to assume that a performance Buick will get the SAME grille treatment as the regular ones, disregarding the last excuses for performance models (Northstar-powered landboats).
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm going to disagree, and say that I actually prefer the waterfall grille to Opel's...

        Now, if only the trishield were in color...
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1
        I just can't make myself like the Buick front clip.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the waterfall grille on the past couple of applications (Enclave, Lacrosse) has looked really elegant.

        And I'm 23, not 83.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Opels with those squarish then Saturn badges somehow looks odd, didn't seem to belong to these sleek bodied German GMs...not to mention the lack of heritage somewhat (23+yrs till limbo..).

        Buick at least has the history of bringing over Opels from 1958-1975 in the US...some of the popular models were the '64-72 Opel Kadett, the '71-75 Opel Manta and the now classic '68-73 Opel GT.

        Opels in America belong to Buick...and the 2010 Regal heralds the return of Buick Opels after a 35yr absence.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Hazdaz

        I was referring to the Tourer images in the post as far as the grille. If you look at the tourer dead on, it has a matte finish and mostly black grille. It's pretty low key compared to what Buick has been putting on lately.

        Meanwhile, the other buick grilles that are used currently, as well as the other trim pieces around the car will most likely be covered in fake chrome. Its just my personal opinion that all the chrome and that pronounced 'waterfall' grille would offset the sleek look of the car.

        You're right, the sheet metal is the same. I guess i couldn't see the grille if i were driving it anyways. Sign me up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Order an Opel grille then and put it on then. If that's your only problem with the car, a few hundred bucks to fix it isn't out of the question.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I never liked Opel, the design of their cars is usually pretty bland and anonimous.

      But I have to say I love the Insignia, and I also believe that one of the reason why GM changed its mind on selling Opel is they understood they have 2 smashing models in the new Astra and the Insignia.

      Those cars are going to sell very well on the European market.
      They are beautiful, solid built and not too expansive.

      Well done GM
      • 5 Years Ago
      A regal gs with that kind of power, damn. Price? Reaching a Taurus SHO pricetag isn't going to cut it.

      Buick is the new Saturn/Pontiac? Inexpensive performance and style? Oh not yet with the performance, that's if Bob is right and not so inexpensive.

      Calling an Opel a Saturn was cool because it was priced like a Chevy to attract crossover buyers from the big Asian makers. Pricing above Chevy below Cadillac now for Opel /Buicks? Yeah right. Watch Chevy get something turbocharged to compete with this.
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