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Buick Regal GS Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Last week, we heard rumors that Buick had finally decided to produce the Regal GS but no official announcement came from General Motors headquarters.

This morning as U.S. media gathered to drive the Regal in California, the GS officially became a reality. And while our man Michael Harley is on the launch, we also just received an email from Dayna Hart in GM communications proclaiming:

"At wave 1 of our drive program for Regal we just confirmed that the Regal GS will be added to the Buick portfolio. We are not providing any additional details at this point."

As the quote notes, Buick isn't sharing any other details about the GS such as timing, or what engine will be in the car. We're expecting that Buick will stick with the 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected Ecotec inline-four that was listed on the spec sheet for the concept version shown at the Detroit Auto Show last January. However, now that Hyundai has announced the Sonata Turbo with 276 horsepower, we're expecting that Buick will try to ensure that the Regal GS will have more than the 255 hp announced back in January.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Who wants to buy a Buick with HP numbers that get shamed
      by a V6 Camry or Accord?

      No turbo V6, no buy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great - now where's the wagon?

      And before you people jump all over me saying "who's going to buy it", you should know that my current daily driver is a 2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT 5MT wagon (purchased brand new)... I WILL!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are one person.

        There isn't a big market or demand for wagons here in the US, eventhough an OPC wagon would be completely BA.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If not a wagon, then at least a 5-door liftback style (similar to the Mazda6 5-door). It'd combine the utility of the wagon with the style of the sedan. I can only think of a couple of times when I owned a wagon when I used the wagon to its fullest cargo carrying capacity.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great news!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please scrap the chrome wheels, silver paint would be preferred.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yet another sad child living in their mother's basement, driving a '96 Cavalier, who can't address my points.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing ABSOLUTELY needs more HP to be competitive in the current midsize sedan market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed.. Most upscale midsizers are at least 300hp.
      • 4 Years Ago
      did no one look closely at the engine shots??? TURBO V6 was on engine cover!!!! i may be looking into buick again and im not even 30 yet hahah
        • 4 Years Ago
        That was left over when the GS was a rebadge of the Insignia OPC.

        Anyone ever discover why the we won't get the turbo 6?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I stopped at the local Buick dealership on Saturday to look at the regular Regal. I hope he's wrong, but the sales manager told me the turbo GS will have only 220hp as of 14 days ago when the Buick reps came to the dealership.

      Is this 255hp+ stuff real?
        • 4 Years Ago
        They've already stated that the turbo engine option will be 220hp. That's for non-GS versions I would assume. Makes no sense to give the sporty version the same HP as the normal versions.

        quote - "Opting for the more powerful turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter Ecotec four-cylinder producing 220 hp raises the starting price to $29,495." -

        I'm guessing closer to 275hp just because. The engine is capable of much more than the 260hp it had in the Cobalt and the Kappa cars. Seems to make sense to give it an update to bring it in line with other current offerings.

        My guess is that the dealer is largely clueless. I'm not surprised, when I worked for a dealer, I was quite amazed by the lack of product knowledge by the majority of the sales staff. It seems car salesmen are salesmen first and car enthusiasts 2nd, if at all. Plus, the future doesn't matter, it's what's on your sales floor right then that counts.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've got this engine in my Solstice GXP. It's a great powerplant when tied to the right set of gears. I'm wondering how it will be in the much heavier Regal. I'm sure someone with more knowledge of transmissions and ratios could explain how they'd change things up to mate the gearing to the torque curve, to the weight of the vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Despite how silly your comment is, let's get a few things straight:
      This is an article on a Buick Regal GS.
      It rides on the Epsilon II platform.
      The platform is mainly used for FWD, but can be modified for AWD.
      A Buick Grand National or GNX (if they actually decide to produce them) would never, ever, EVER, ride on an Epsilon II platform.
      It is conceivable that a Grand National/GNX be built of the Zeta platform (RWD), which the Camaro rides on.
      But who knows.
      And if it makes you feel any better, GM did do a one-off '09 Camaro for Jay Leno with a twin turbo 3.6L rated at 425hp(...well, at least that's what Wikipedia says): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Chevrolet_Camaro#SEMA_concept_vehicles.
      Maybe they make it for production [/roll eyes].

      Now, back to the Regal GS: bada** car, GM. Keep up the good work.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think those wheels look fantastic... one of the few wheels that actually look good polished up. They would probably look good in a matte finish, though, too.

      Hopefully they become available on the market, and aren't some weirdo fitment.

      18 inch diameter, 7-7.5 inch width, 5x114.3 PCD, with a decent offset (40-45mm positive for FWD/AWD would be fine), and a decent center bore hole size and universal size center cap fitment, and conical lug seats...

      Anybody know if those stats (I just hope they are accurate, would love confirmation) are anywhere near accurate for the Opel VXR version that already wears those wheels?

      ...and it will be fine to mount those wheels on lots of different sorts of cars that aren't blessed with such good looking wheels.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The LNF is a pleasure to drive. No unexpected harshness.
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