Buick Regal GS

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Finally, the production model is here.

Everyone was expecting a US version of the super sporty Opel Insignia POC.
Not quite…
The Opel has AWD and 320hp from a 2.8 Liter V6 turbo.
Or Buick version does NOT have AWD. And uses the a 255hp version of the 2.0 Liter Turbo.

That’s even less power than the “old” Solstice Turbo used to get from the same engine.

Not sure why we’re getting the really short end of the stick on this one.

The GS only makes about 35hp more than the Regal Turbo.
I just hope they don’t charge too much for what seems mostly a sportier look.

Conversation 19 comments

  1. This turbo-4 of 2.0L may have 255HP, (five less than the old Solstice's 260HP), but it has greater torque, of 295 ft. lbs. and from 2500RPM (the old Solstice put out 260 ft. lbs.), and it's really torque that equals acceleration off the line.

  2. I am so very dissapointed in this car! I was seriously going to buy it with an automatic and try to get a stage 2 kit and a larger intercooler for it. I wanted the all wheel drive because I wanted good all season traction, sportier handling and most of all because I HATE FREAKIN' FRONT WHEEL DRIVE!!! But NO all wheel drive!!! REALLY???? ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME?!?!?!?! If I have to be stuck with front wheel drive, I'll buy a Hyundai Sonata Turbo and save many thousands of dollars. NO ALL WHEEL DRIVE, NO SALE!!! Nice going GM….MORONS!

  3. I hope that the next step will be a 2.8 Turbo LP9-powered AWD 2013 Regal GSX…

    That's not a engine homologation problem : the LP9 is already use in the Cadillac SRX.

  4. We may not get the trick turbo V6 (which would have been appropriate since former Regal T-Type models actually had turbo V6s in the '80s) or the appealing Insignia OPC styling.. but at least they remembered to slap the portholes on the hood (which they forgot on the base Regal).

  5. A current top-spec Regal is touching $40k. Is this going to be $45k? For a front wheel drive Buick? thirty thousand is almost too much for this car. I'm afraid that Buick doesn't have the brand equity to pull this off.

  6. Hey Vince, I don't mean to be disrespectful, but it honestly sounds like you know NOTHING about cars.

    This has 295ft-lbs of torque, MUCH more than the lighter weight Solstice/Sky. Torque will make a MUCH bigger difference on a heavy sedan than 5 extra horsepower.

    On a side note, I'd take the Sonata SE 2.0T and save literally $8,000 and have a vehicle that I'd enjoy much more.

  7. Torque moves the car, not horsepower. Let's see how it stacks up in compaisons before dismissing it at first blush. It is a quality made, beautiful car! I for one, am glad it's here!

  8. "A current top-spec Regal is touching $40k"

    Not sure what planet you're on, but here in the US, a loaded Regal is about $35 000.

  9. the interior is fantastic!

    re: the exterior & drivetrain – they don't match up.

    the 255hp turbo seems a perfect mid-level powerplant; will GM make a GNX version too?? (maybe with the OPC's level, nextgen:3.0 turbo?)
    the front "fangs" and enormous wheels are overkill for non-boy-racers; sporty doesn't have to be so extreme

  10. Who would actually pay $35k for a Regal? I'm thinking $25k, maybe.
    The Regal seems to me to be a legitimate domestic alternative to a Hyundai Sonata or Toyota Camry, and its price should reflect that.

    I'm not crazy about the styling, interior or exterior.
    The side windows are too small and the front end looks too low; a cleaner design with better visibility would have been better.

  11. Anonymous Nov4,5:44PM said…
    A current top-spec Regal is touching $40k. Is this going to be $45k? For a front wheel drive Buick?

    Vince Burlapp said…
    "A current top-spec Regal is touching $40k"

    Not sure what planet you're on, but here in the US, a loaded Regal is about $35 000.

    Anonymous Nov4,5:44PM said…

    Vince Burlapp said…
    about $35

    Anonymous Nov4,5:44PM said…

    Vince Burlapp said…
    maybe he lives on Canadia?

  12. I think in Canada it's closer to $40K..maybe he's a fellow Canuck!

    I think this is a great looking car. I sat in one (not this, just a regular Regal) and was pleased how great it was.

    I've never driven one – however my sense is that this is a heavy car.

    I see the domestics as really pulling it together for style and quality – good on them! My next wish is for their cars to go on a massive diet.

    Can you imagine any of these great cars less 500 lbs?! The improved (upon already great) handling, fuel economy? Damn!

  13. "Not sure what planet you're on, but here in the US, a loaded Regal is about $35 000."

    My bad. I was thinking LaCrosse. But still, $35k is a lot of coin for a FWD Buick with a feeble engine. It's downright embarrassing to spend that much on a car that has all the go-fast looks but an engine that will get whooped by a Camry. Why don't they just give it some real grunt?

  14. Just wait for the next Malibu at $10K less. Why blow your money on these Buick thingies….Or buy a 2 year old Cadillac CTS-A far better deal.

  15. I'm reading a LOT of blogs with people who are disappointed with this car. I wonder if ANYONE from Buick is reading any of these blogs from this or other sites and I wonder what they are thinking.

  16. I don't get why people would be disappointet?

    – A good looking car by any measuring stick
    – Pretty slick performance
    – Beautiful interior
    – Promise of even better performance coming.

  17. I can only think that the American buyer is forming perceptions with regards to performance, segments and brands that make GM and Ford squeamish and cause us to lose out on all the more interesting configurations that Europe, China, and Australia enjoy like it's nothing.

  18. momentoftruth.com I think that's the website to tell Buick what you think of the Regal GS like it or not.

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