In the coming months, the 2012 Buick Regal GS will arrive, sporting not only a higher-boost turbocharger and a performance suspension, but also a wealth of modern, luxurious amenities added to an already fantastic car.
Following up on the acclaimed Regal, the 2012 Regal GS differentiates itself from the standard Regal Turbo in a number of areas. First and foremost is the powerplant, which is a more boosted and finely tuned version of the ECOTEC 2.0-liter four-cylinder direct-injection engine found in the standard Regal Turbo.
The Regal GS also benefits from reduced backpressure because of a larger exhaust, and with its combined boost and improved breathing, kicks power up to an estimated 255 hp and 295 lb/ft of torque; 35 hp and 37 lb/ft more than the standard Regal Turbo. In proper performance sedan presentation, the GS will also be offered standard with a six-speed manual transmission with a six-speed automatic on the horizon.
With the manual, the Regal GS is expected to run from zero-to-60 mph in under seven seconds. But the performance doesn’t end there, as the Regal GS will also return an impressive 29 mpg highway thanks to its lightweight and efficient powertrain.
To help hug the corners, the Regal GS is equipped with an innovative HiPer Strut suspension system, employing a new take on the traditional MacPherson strut geometry to help virtually eliminate torque steer and maintain more grip through extra negative camber in turns. The HiPer Strut system in the Regal GS is a huge performance advantage over competing front-wheel drive sedans in its class. In describing the impact HiPer Strut technology made on the Buick LaCrosse, Washington Post car columnist Warren Brown said the car “drives so well, you want to keep on driving it.”
The Regal GS shares the same, three-setting Interactive Drive Control System that the Regal Turbo has, allowing the driver to select between “Standard” and "Sport” steering and handling setups; instead of the “Touring” setting found on the Regal Turbo, the Regal GS features a special “GS” setting that is even more aggressive than the “Sport” setting. Think of it as a super-sport setting that more finely tunes steering inputs and dials in suspension performance for minimal body roll.
As soon as you open the door, you know this Buick means business. The Regal GS telegraphs performance through its flat-bottom steering wheel, metallic sport pedals and heavily bolstered seats fit for a racecar, recalling Buick’s storied Gran Sport heritage. The Regal GS is performance-oriented, but it’s not spartan. Its interior is extremely well appointed and luxurious. Those sporty seats also happen to be clad in leather, electronically adjustable in 12 directions and heated for those cold winter days.
The Regal GS interior really strikes a perfect balance between performance and luxury. When it’s time for some high-performance corner carving, the instrument panel lighting turns to bright white when the “GS” Drive Control setting is selected. For those times when you just want to cruise casually, the Regal GS obliges without fuss, featuring a spacious cabin with high-quality fit and finish, and modern technology like Bluetooth connectivity. To soothe your ears, the Regal GS comes standard with a 320-watt harman/kardon sound system, and it also offers keyless entry with pushbutton start, and front and rear parking assist.
Outside, the GS differentiates itself with two additional vertical front air intakes, beneath the bi-xenon HID headlights, for extra cooling, rocker panel extensions, an integrated rear spoiler, high performance brakes with Brembo front calipers and available polished 20-inch alloy wheels clad with Pirelli P Zero tires.
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