• Oct 8, 2010
Spy Shots: 2012 Buick Regal GS – Click above for high-res image gallery

We spy with our little eye, a camouflaged 2012 Buick Regal GS taking a group of General Motors employees out to lunch. Rather than opting for the drive-thru, this group decided to stay out of the office a bit longer and left the vehicle alone in a parking lot, and our CarPix spy photographers were ready to pounce in order to give us this good look at the sportiest Buick we've seen for eons.

And sporty it shall be judging by the hardware the cameras caught. A set of heavily-bolstered Recaro seats look identical to the super grippy chairs used in the model's Opel Insignia OPC twin, and there's a six-speed manual transmission sprouting between the bolsters, further suggesting that this is no mere people hauler. The Regal is expected to borrow heavily from the OPC partsbin, and that's great thing. The OPC is motivated by a 320 horsepower, twin-turbo V6 that pushes the all-wheel drive car to 60 miles per hour from a standstill in just six seconds. In our brief experience with the Euro market car, it has an altogether more hardcore and snarlier character that should appeal to diehard enthusiasts, and it's sure to bring some performance luster back to the TriShield brand. We can hardly wait.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I have been waiting for this car...however those wheels are a big let down. Where are the ones from the "concept" that the OPC gets? They better offer those wheels otherwise no sale here. Love that blue though, hope that's an available color because as of now that is not a standard Regal color...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Put a panoramic, louvered sky roof on it and it's mine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Buick,

      Please make sure that ANY sport variants of your current vehicles have less chrome on them. Please try to paint match when possible. Less chrome=sportier look IMO, and many others.

      Remember... If it don't go... Chrome it.

      Current Enclave owner
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't get that out any sooner? Oh, would love that right now. Seems like the wheels are different than the euro model... like those better, but hey, I'd take it as it is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where is the wagon? GS wagon or it will be Saab 93 SportCombi. All I have to do is convince the wife...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've already got my angle on it for my wife, too. I figure if I repeat the word 'wagon' at a ratio of 100 'wagons' per every 1 'sport' then I just might have a shot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I need another turbocharged wagon to replace my Outback XT (legacy GT on stilts) in a few years time. No need to convince the wife. She drives a Mark 6 GTI already. :-P
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks like Opel badging so I'm betting that's just some GM folks taking an actual OPC out for lunch.

      I'd love to see the car come with those seats but I'll be surprised if it does. I really hope to be proven wrong.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nah it's a Buick version, it has wonky headlights (reflectors, no lens, no LED's, indicators in the wrong place) that you don't get on the OPC.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are correct sir!

        Those extra openings below the headlights are also much larger on the OPC.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tim, you will be proving wrong. They're just changing the badging for Buick.

      Sadly, we're aren't getting the turbo V6 Opel makes the car with. But we should be. The price tag it's going to carry is going to be hard to swallow for a turbo four and only 255hp.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1. The Sonata SE Turbo - with more hp than the Ecotec that'll likely end up in the US-spec Regal GS - undercuts the *BASE* non-turbo Regal's MSRP by almost $1500.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks pretty awesome!
      • 4 Years Ago
      YEAH BABY!!!!! I can't wait for this car to come out. I would prefer a hatchback but, if I have to, I guess I'll settle for a sedan. I hope they put a 6 speed manumatic in it and I hope that 290hp engine from the paris show's opc concept, eventually makes it into this car. I'll take mine with a stage 2 kit and a better intercooler please!
      • 4 Years Ago
      SCHWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!

      • 4 Years Ago
      Glad to see Buick step up and make a properly fast car in the same vein as the Grand National...love it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      PS- I DO like the turbo wagon idea!
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