• Nov 17th 2010 at 10:57PM
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2012 Buick Regal GS – Click above for high-res image gallery

Alright, so the 2012 Buick Regal GS isn't the Americanized version of the 325-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Opel Insignia OPC we were once promised. Still, this sports sedan has a turbocharged and direct injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission and has enough visual flare to certainly give the impression of fast. It even sports Buick's trick HiPerStrut front suspension to reduce torque steer through the front wheels.

It might not be exactly the car we were hoping for, but it should still prove to be a welcome addition to the Buick lineup when it goes on sale next year. Pricing has yet to be announced, but considering the Regal itself is priced as an entry-level luxury sedan, we expect the GS model to cost closer to $40,000 than $30,000.

The Regal GS made its official debut today at the LA Auto Show, and we've got a full gallery of high-res shots live from the show floor for you. Curb your disappointment and click through the gallery below.

Photos copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips / AOL
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2012 Buick Regal GS Production Model Takes Sports Sedan Performance To A New Level For Buick

* High-performance midsize sport sedan with 0-60 mph performance of under seven seconds
* Features exclusive, GS-only high-output version of the Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine with 255 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque
* Buick's Interactive Drive Control System allows drivers to change the suspension settings and steering sensitivity
* Exclusive, racing-inspired exterior and interior appointments
* Goes on sale in the second half of 2011

LOS ANGELES – The 2012 Buick Regal GS will make its auto show debut on Nov. 17 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It is an even sportier expression of the Regal sport sedan that went on sale earlier this year and has attracted new buyers to the Buick family. Powered by a high-output, exclusive Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the GS delivers an estimated 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque for a 0-60 mph performance of less than seven seconds (estimated). Buick's Interactive Drive Control System is standard on the GS, allowing drivers to customize the driving experience by changing the suspension settings and steering sensitivity between three modes: standard, sport and GS.

"Built on the performance foundation of the Regal, the Regal GS was designed as an even sportier expression of responsive performance and style," said John Schwegman, vice president of Buick marketing. "The driving experience is powerful and spirited; and the GS represents the next entry in Buick's product renaissance."

The Regal GS goes on sale in the second half of 2011. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Product highlights include:

* Exclusive Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged and intercooled engine rated at an estimated 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm)
* Six-speed manual transmission, with six-speed automatic with Driver Shift Control to be offered later
* Interactive Drive Control System with GS mode
* Four-wheel independent system with HiPerStrut front suspension
* High-performance four-wheel disc brake system with Brembo front calipers
* Standard 19-inch, 5-Twin Spoke alloy wheels and all-season tire and optional 20-inch, 5-Twin Spoke polished alloy wheels with performance tires.

The exterior design features unique front and rear fascias, with the front fascia incorporating prominent, vertical air intake slots and specific grille treatment – with the vertical elements accented in a satin-metallic finish. The rear fascia has a pair of integrated, satin-metallic trapezoidal exhaust outlets. Rocker panel extensions and an integrated rear spoiler are also woven into the design. The GS cuts a sportier stance, too, with a slightly lower ride height than other models and aggressive 19-inch, 5-Twin Spoke alloy wheels and all-season tires (20-inch, 5-Twin Spoke polished alloy wheels with performance tires are optional).

Inside is a racing-inspired, flat-bottom sport steering wheel and metal sport pedals, along with leather-appointed 12-way power-adjustable sport driver and front passenger heated seats, which include four-way power lumbar. The GS-specific black interior is accented with satin-finish elements on the instrument panel, steering wheel and console, while the instrument panel glows white when the driver engages the GS mode of the Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS).

Standard amenities for the Regal GS include:

* Passive keyless entry with push-button start
* Standard XM Satellite Radio with three-month trial service
* Harmon/Kardon premium 320-watt sound system with nine speakers
* Bluetooth phone connectivity
* Leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel with audio controls
* Leather-appointed sport seating
* Heated driver and front passenger seats, with 12-way adjustable driver and front passenger seats – including four-way lumbar adjustment
* 120-volt accessory power outlet
* Power windows with express up/down feature in the front and express down in the rear.
* Front and rear ultrasonic parking assist
* Bi-xenon HID headlamps.

Turbocharging and HiPerStrut

Power for the Regal GS comes from a high-output version of the Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged DOHC VVT engine with direct injection technology. It is based on the engine that will be available on Regal CXL later this year, but the engine and turbocharger are tuned to deliver greater boost pressure in the GS. The output is rated at 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400 Nm). A three-inch-diameter exhaust system provides reduced back pressure, resulting in higher engine power

Direct injection technology helps the engine deliver more power through increased efficiency, while maintaining fuel economy and lowering emissions. That means less fuel is consumed and lower emissions generated – including a 25-percent drop in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions. Variable valve timing optimizes power, efficiency and emissions across the entire rpm band.

"We've been combining direct injection and variable valve timing with boosted engines since 2006, and there's no question the Regal GS turbo has the responsiveness and acceleration of a 3.5L V6, while delivering the fuel economy of a 2.0L four," said Mike Anderson, Ecotec global chief engineer and program manager.

The engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission will be available later.

The Regal GS rides on a relatively long wheelbase of 107.8 inches (2738 mm), which delivers refined, well-balanced vehicle dynamics. It also features a four-wheel-independent suspension, with a unique High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut) front suspension design. The HiPerStrut system helps reduce torque steer and maintain negative camber during cornering; the driver experiences reduced torque steer, improved grip and increased cornering power, along with crisper handling, steering precision and feedback.

The four-link independent rear suspension is designed to minimize unwanted toe and camber effects during spirited driving maneuvers, enhancing vehicle stability. Both front and rear dampers incorporate active Computer Damping Control (CDC), continuously changing damper characteristics to maintain optimal vehicle ride control over varying road surfaces and profiles. More aggressive, performance-oriented damping characteristics can also be selected by the driver through the Interactive Driver Control System.

Braking power comes from a large diameter four-wheel disc brake system featuring Brembo front calipers. A standard, four-channel anti-lock brake system is tuned to reduce stopping distances over varied road surfaces and conditions. An electronic parking brake is actuated via a center console-mounted control. The Regal GS also features standard StabiliTrak stability control system with integrated, full-function traction control.

Interactive Drive Control System

The Regal GS is also equipped with Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS) chassis technology (also offered on other Regal models with the 2.0L turbo engine). It delivers enhanced vehicle stability and greater driving safety. The driver selects among three operating modes – standard, sport and GS – that change the suspension settings, and steering sensitivity through the variable-effort steering system.

A sophisticated driving mode control module continually monitors driving style utilizing yaw rate, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, steering wheel, throttle and vehicle speed. It defines the dynamic vehicle state, including acceleration, braking and cornering, to optimize chassis reactions. It also executes all of the IDCS driver selections. All four dampers are electronically controlled and continuously adapt within milliseconds to the prevailing road conditions, vehicle movements and individual driving style.

Selecting GS mode optimizes the car for dynamic driving, tightening the suspension and steering response. "Standard," or the default mode, is the setting for all-around use. The sport mode provides a level of performance between standard and the GS modes.

About Buick

Buick is a modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors with thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning models, including the Enclave crossover, LaCrosse sedan and Regal sport sedan. The new Buick Verano compact sedan and a small crossover will join the portfolio in the next few years. Buick's sales continue to increase in North America, and it remains a best-selling brand in China, with continuing record growth. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.com, on Twitter @buick or at www.facebook.com/buick.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Regal is a turd. And it's facing a problem that is two-fold

      The elderly folks who buy Buicks won't touch this and the customers who are buying Acuras, Lexus and Audis wouldn't be caught dead driving the same brand as the afformentioned group of Buick owners.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I expected the 4turbo... and the AWD. Try harder, you can get there. You should start borrowing from your big brother if you are really serious about this niche. I doubt we will see the Euro V6; would the 3.6L fit? But my fickle interest wanes... Fiat is coming? THATS a Subaru?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The press releases on the GS "showcar" blew me away and I decided this would be my next car once my A4 dies. My dream died when I saw Front Wheel Drive. I dont know any self-respecting sports sedan drivers who would drive anything other than rear or all wheel drive. Hopefully this is just a test...perhaps AWD will return?!?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the looks but 40k, FWD and fake sporty don't cut it when I can have a RWD 3, G37, IS etc for the same price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw a Regal a few weeks ago here in Michigan that had a little red "T" on the trunk where the GS badge is. Had an M plate but looked like a regular Regal. I wonder if the OPC twin will be called "T-Type" like back in the '80s?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ouch. $40k for a 4-bangin' Buick? Thanks, but I'll stick to the 3-series even if it is missing a few of the whistles that the Buick has.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Give me a break Autoblog. Majorly disappoints? This is the best looking Buick since the Grand National GNX and Regal of the 90s.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The GNX you mention was only made one year, 1987. The next year, the General put a stop to that when the Regal went fwd, and it was all down hill from there. They had a "Vette-killer" in their stable, so rumor has it they weren't too sad to see it go.

        This is a nice car, but it does not even touch the old Grand Nationals, T-types, and GNXs of the 80s.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Jon: No.

        • 4 Years Ago
        The disappointment is that it does not have the Opel's engine or its AWD system
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ John

        Agreed. That headline is just one in a long line of anti-Detroit headlines and posts by AB. This car might not be the grand slam that we had all hoped, but its at least a triple. When Audi or Acura launches a car with FWD and is well into the $30s, its OK, but when Buick does that, its supposedly a "disappointment."
        Give me a break.... more BS from AB.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is accurate, but that Renault Megane had plastic windows, a roll cage, and was basically a street legal track car. Not to mention they sold VERY few...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Levi, the fastest fwd car to go round the Nurburgring was the Renault Mégane RS R26.R, not the Chevrolet Cobalt.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Speaking of the GNX...wouldn't it be cool if they blacked out all of the chrome on this (including the wheels), gave us the 325 horse, all-wheel drive version from Europe and called it the GNX???

        I really, really hope that happens
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I am pretty sure the Cobalt SS is still the fastest front wheel drive to go around the 'ring"

        That record was soundly thrashed by the Megane R26.R.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I am really hoping that the HiPerStrut can do the trick. 295 is a lot to ask the same wheels that have to do the steering. but GM does know what its doing with performance front wheel drive. I am pretty sure the Cobalt SS is still the fastest front wheel drive to go around the 'ring."

        The fastest front wheel drive car in the Nurburgring is the Renault Megane R26.R
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am really hoping that the HiPerStrut can do the trick. 295 is a lot to ask the same wheels that have to do the steering. but GM does know what its doing with performance front wheel drive. I am pretty sure the Cobalt SS is still the fastest front wheel drive to go around the 'ring.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +2, Autoblog has it knickers in a wad. This is a great looking car, and not everyone wants to leave rubber every time they leave a light. The truth is real most of the strippers won't be able to afford the gas in a couple of years, this car will be just fine. The 35 year old with a wife and 2 kids wants a quality car that won't break them at the pump. I know I am headed in that direction.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 as much as i love the new Regal. Wouldn't 295 lb-ft of torque create some mad torque steer on a FWD...?
      • 4 Years Ago
      $40,000? Maybe they are saving the 325hp AWD version for the GSX. I can dream can't I?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm gonna bet that your correct. atleast the AWD part, not so sure about 325. Probably 300. as thats about all that can be eeked out of the 2.0, which it would only cost an additional $600.

        Im thinking pricing will be around 33k for a base Regal GS....
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a bunch of BS. Who is disappointed? Not me. Here is the real deal, if this car had AWD and more power it would start close to $40k and the FIRST thing the biased AB staff would say is "Buick's asking price is too close to 335xi territory and we'd pay the extra $3k to get the far superior BMW and all the prestige of the badge". Buick comes out with a sporty FWD sedan that will be cheaper and more efficient than a 335i and AB complains that its a MAJOR disappointment because it doesnt have a costly, heavy AWD system that would make it a $40k car.

      The reality is that this car looks great and its one of the few in this class that offers a manual- the TSX V6, TL 3.5 and Maxima do not even offer a stick. Can Buick get some credit for at least offering the manual? Ab staffers act like they would buy the Regal under any conditions- they dont even like the styling or interior quality so the reality is no amount of hp nor AWD would make them fans of this car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        First of all, I think there is a lot of speculation about pricing. If I were to bet, I'd agree with Polarstar and say this will come in around $34k. Even if AWD added $3k, we are talking $37k for a luxury sport sedan that is pretty loaded with standard features.

        I don't agree that this would be in 335xi territory. A stripped down 335xi comes in at $44k, and you'd be hard pressed to find one without at least the premium package, which puts you at almost $47k with a manual transmission. That's without expected conveniences at this price level like keyless ignition and heated seats. Realistically, most 335xis on the lots will be around 50k and up. Check off most of the boxes, and you are at $57k. That's quite a reach for the high-30s.

        The Audi A4, which was presumed to be one of it's primary targets, is a different story. If our assumptions are true, it would be priced at about the same level to start. Although, the A4s can easily get into the high 40s with Audi's odd option packages. However, the Buick will probably have similar driving dynamics to the A4 and it should be nearly as fast (the few additional ponies and more torque of the Buick will probably be offset by the Audi's superior 8-speed auto). I still think it could be quite competitive.

        Unfortunately, by not offering AWD Buick has effectively resigned themselves to competing with a FWD V6 TSX. For me, that takes it out of consideration. I'm sure I'm not the only one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know why you say its a let down because all of the news for the past several months has speculated the 2.0T with 255 hp, not the turbo v-6. The disappointment is the lack of an AWD option. On the flip side, having AWD will weigh down an already heavy car, slow it down and make it even more expensive!
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Buick with a stick. How Cool! I am not disappointed at all!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Autoblog should feel fine with this car as they often mildy impresses, majorly disappoint us everyday.

      I don't know what they are so against here as other publications really have had little issue the Regal other than the weight.

      They also know that this car is just a rebadged and tuned Opel to give Buick some product till the post Chapter 11 cars arrive.

      Buick could have done like Chrysler and taken a trash car and put a new nose on it and just have a Sebring in disguise. But the did not do this and brought a better car than what the past Regal was.

      No AWD is not the end of the world. I drive a Ecotec with 290 HP and 315 FT LB daily and I get around just fine and fast sun, rain or snow. GM has a good handle on torque steer and this car should be fine.

      The Regal GS will sell for less than 40K because it has no V6 and AWD. They had to leave these off as GM knew few people would have paind the price for both as they both would have driven the price well over $40K.

      This car will be around for a short while and Buick will build a better rep with this car and replace it with the car they really want when it is ready.

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