In Europe, the 2011 Buick Regal is badged as an Opel Insignia and is available in a number of different guises, including sedans, wagons and high-performance all-wheel drive speeders complete with manual transmissions.
With the car soon to be available in the U.S., there’s a strong chance that any number of these variants could be heading to local showrooms as well. One of the most exciting prospects is the possibility of a turbocharged and all-wheel drive version that Buick will be previewing at next week’s 2010 Detroit Auto Show in the form of the Buick Regal GS concept car.
Packing a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the same unit destined for the Regal CXL but with output dialled up to 255-horsepower and 295-pound-feet of torque, the new Regal GS should easily eclipse the 60 mph mark in less than 6 seconds.
Drive is sent to all four wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission and an adaptive all-wheel drive system complete with an electronic limited slip differential.
But it’s not just about extra power. The hotted-up Regal GS also sports a sophisticated suspension set-up dubbed High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut), which essentially helps reduce torque steer and maintain negative camber during cornering to improve grip levels.
Finally, an advanced chassis system with three adjustable settings--normal, sport and GS--is fitted and allows the driver to change the suspension settings, throttle response, shift pattern and steering sensitivity through the variable-effort steering system.
Visual differences between the regular Regal and the new Regal GS are a lowered ride height, a discreet bodykit, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, Recaro bucket seats with four-way lumbar support and cushion extensions, and a racing style steering wheel and metal pedals.
The Regal name has been linked with sporty Buicks in the past, with models like the Grand National, GNX, GS and GSX all springing to mind, and you can bet a production version of the latest Regal GS concept car will be arriving in showrooms later this year.