A high-performance Buick? Why not? The 2012 Buick Regal GS made its big debut today at the 2010 L.A. Auto Show.
After decades of old people-mover status, Buick is suddenly becoming relevant again thanks to new cars like the LaCrosse and Regal. If anything is changing the perception of the brand, though, it’s the new Regal GS. Loaded with a 255-horsepower turbocharged engine, the new sports sedan packs an impressive 295 pound-feet of torque that it channels through the front wheels via the Buick LaCrosse’s Hi-Per Strut front suspension. Available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission the high-performance Regal GS returns 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway driving the front wheels only.
Differentiating the Regal GS are new front and rear fascias, new wheels, an all-black interior and a flat-bottom steering wheel. Unfortunately, we don’t get everything the original Opel Insignia OPC offered, including its all wheel-drive system and 300-plus-horsepower twin-turbo V-6. Still, our Regal GS is expected to ring-in around $35,000, a fair jump from the Regal CSX Turbo.
Stay tuned to Automobilemag.com for more of the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.