2012 Buick Regal GS: Return of the Sporty Family Buick?

June 27, 2011

When Buick launches the 2012 Regal GS this fall, the halo sedan will feature a horsepower boost – to 270 horsepower.  

GM's original specs for the Regal GS called for only 255 horsepower, so the added 15 horses are a definite improvement.

That may qualify the Regal GS as a viable contender for sports sedan status when it arrives this autumn. Certainly it makes for a sportier family sedan in Buick guise.

Here’s the lowdown on the 2012 Buick Regal GS power and performance, as released by GM. The engine is a direct-injected 2.0-liter turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder mated with standard six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission will be offered later.

In addition to the aforementioned 270 horsepower, the Regal GS pumps out 295 pound-feet of torque. According to GM, this is more torque than the Audi A4 Sport, Lexus IS 250, Volvo S60 T5 and Acura TSX V-6.  The Regal GS, says GM, will go from zero to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds.

There are other improvements in the Regal GS that distinguish the sedan from the Buick Regal Turbo which, incidentally, delivers 220 horsepower. While both models utilize GM’s Interactive Drive Control (three drive mode settings: GS, standard and sport), the Regal GS has a lowered ride height, 19-inch, five-spoke wheels and all-season tires. Optional 20-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels and performance tires will also be available.

While some may lament the absence of all-wheel drive in this latest iteration of the mid-size upscale family sedan, the proof, as they say, will be in the driving. Look for a FamilyCarGuide review of the 2012 Buick Regal GS, along with pricing and other details, as the sports sedan gets closer to introduction.

[The Car Connection]

 

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