• May 20th 2010 at 8:57AM
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Buick Regal GS concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

When General Motors debuted the Buick Regal GS at this year's Detroit Auto Show, they made it very clear that the car on stage, which looked production-ready, was purely a concept – nothing more. Even though the white show car with its beefed up appearance and 20-inch wheels looked like it was ready to roll (it was, after all, a rebadged Opel Insignia OPC), no final decision had been made about whether or not the automaker would actually produce the turbocharged version of the new pride-and-joy Regal sedan. Lest anyone forget, this is an important car for Buick, as it's charged with attracting a significantly younger crowd of buyers to the brand. The GS would certainly help do the trick, and now, it sounds like all systems are go for the hotter than hot Regal.

The Detroit News reports that Tom Stephens, Vice Chairman of Global Product Development for GM, has confirmed that the Regal GS has been approved for production and that it could hit showrooms at some point next year. If the specs outlined for the Detroit show car are anything to go on, this means that a turbocharged 2.0-liter four will be under the hood, likely producing 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. What's most interesting, though, is that the show car routed this power to all four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. On top of that goodness, the Regal GS uses a new system called Interactive Drive Control, which allows drivers to choose from normal and sport driving modes, as well as a top-thrill GS mode where the torque split has a stronger rear bias.

If the production car is largely unchanged from the concept we saw back in January, we'll jump for joy. And while we're definitely getting our hopes up, we'll wait until GM issues the official word before we start saving our pennies.

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[Source: The Detroit News]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It would be really awesome if the car has those seats.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Boring, the 2004 GS made over 260hp, a 6 speed with that heavy car means no performance at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those rims look a lot like the Rx8 R3 rims.
      • 5 Years Ago

      Oh, too late, they already did.
      Just like the G8 GT.
        • 5 Years Ago
        G8 GT was dumbed down how? It was largely unchanged from the base Holden Commodore, all they added was AFM hardware to the 6.0L engine. (Well, and removed the stick).

        Can hardly blame them when they were planning on offering the G8 GXP with LS3 and a 6M option.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So let me get this straight........

      6-Spd Manual
      RWD Biased Sport Mode

      ....and it's a Buick? Never would have seen that coming!

      In the past I never would have even thought about buying a Buick, but this is the car that might change my mind.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't wait for this to come out. I was hoping to step up to a Spec B Legacy from my 07 WRX but seeing how Subaru turned it into a Camry then this is the perfect alternative. It's clean and subtle lines are perfect for us boy racers who's personal aesthetic has changed. The only cars that would change my mind are the Subaru 216a and Mazda RX7/RX9 but those are in a different class completely.

      I am also a working designer who is 27 and this car is the perfect launching pad for a brand restructuring as others have already pointed out. Next all they have to do is market it correctly and this will be a hit
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should call it Regal GN (Grand National). Look how successful the rebirth of the Camaro has been with sales.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, the "GS" should be reserved for this car and "Grand National" for something more like a 325hp 2.8L V6 turbo version if they were to also go that route. It will all likely depend on the success of the GS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        When this is sporting a derated LNF it doesn't make sense to call it a GN to me. When there is a turbo V6 out there that fits in this car it doesn't make sense to call this a GN to me.

        Tune the LNF up to 290 or put in the V6 and then black it out and then you can call it a GN. I guess you better put AWD on it too, since FWD just doesn't feel "Grand National" to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A 4-cylinder Buick? Geezus. What's next? Clowns without big floppy shoes?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the Regal an its return, but the GS is BS. The front air intakes should as high as the out intakes. Looks like a after thought.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay so it can do some form of all wheel drive so that means its got to have a decent sized transmission tunnel and the mounting points for a rear diff. LSX SWAP!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe not a traditional LSX, but an LS4 from the Monte and Impala SS's may.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Will an LSX fit in an engine bay designed for a 4cyl or small V6? Especially when mounted longitudinally?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wonder how much would it cost to completely rebadge this back as an Opel...

      Oh and a 5-door variant exist, call me sold.
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