2012 Buick Regal GS Officially Rated at 270 HP

Buick has completed its official certification process for the 2012 Regal GS, and reveals that its engine produces 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The company had originally promised that the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four would produce about 255 hp -- we’re more than happy to gain an extra 15 ponies.

The Buick Regal GS is intended as a true performance sedan, with 0-to-60-mph apparently requiring just 6.7 seconds. We’re delighted to reiterate that the GS is being offered with a true six-speed manual transmission driving the front wheels; a six-speed automatic will debut later in the car’s life.

To match the power output, the Regal GS rides on adjustable suspension and HiPerStrut front suspension, which uses special geometry to help quell torque steer. Standard 19-inch wheels, four-piston Brembo front brake calipers, and a lower ride height than other Regal models is meant to contribute to sporty handling.

The Regal GS arrives in Buick dealerships this fall, and no pricing has yet been disclosed. The power figures put the Regal in the same playing field as the Hyundai Sonata 2.0T (274 hp and 269 lb-ft) and Volvo S60 T5 (250 hp and 266 lb-ft.) Buick predicts the GS will return up to 28 mpg on the highway.

The performance stats are impressive, but the Regal GS still pales in comparison to its European cousin, the Opel Insignia OPC. That car touts a turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 good for 325 hp and 314 lb-ft, and is also mated to a slick all-wheel-drive system. The special Unlimited version can reportedly top 167 mph. Neither all-wheel-drive nor a turbo V-6 is in store for the Buick model.

We’re glad that Buick is bringing a performance model to our shores, but it seems like we got shortchanged compared to the Opel OPC. What do you think? Is the Regal GS an acceptable performance car for America, or a watered-down disappointment? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Source: Buick

I have been in many a luxury sedan from the cts, which is my favorite american car, to the hyundai sonata, to lexus', all the way to Bmw's and Benz's but nothing and I mean nothing has ever caught my eye or imagination more than the opel insignia and that car is amazing, being that Buicks are for old people her in america, same for lincoln, the proof is at the auto shows. I am SO happy that Buick remembered the younger generation giving us a 6 speed manual, the only true transmission for a sports car, and the fact that its front wheel drive means that I can drift it with ease. Finally 270 Hp is just enough to make young people happy without them hurting themselves. BUICK KEEP THE CARS COMING!
Actually willy, being that Buick is trying to get a younger crowd the 6 speed makes perfect sense and although it may be unfortunate that its not 4 wheel drive being young and a tad bit crazy a 6 speed manual may not be the most fuel efficient but it sure is the most fun!
Yeah, killing 3 of the other GM "brands" will do that.
Clearly someone wussed out in Buick's marketing department. Sad because this way no AWD and no V6 make this a fail as a sports sedan. And just how reliable will those 270 HP 2 liter turbos be?! That's 135 HP/Liter. That's Ferrari engine territory. I would think you can expect serious HP drop with time and reliability issues as well.
Ryan C
I dont want to leave without says something positive. This is perhaps one of the most beautiful sedans hitting the streets and has an impressive power plant. Too bad all that power is hitting the ground thru the front wheels Come on guys... The Opel OPC already has the parts!
Ryan C
The lack of AWD or RWD make this a failure. Real sports sedans or coupes can correct bad behavior with the right foot. Clearly Buick is still marketing to old people. Sad...
When Buick builds a manual model, they are only building a car to hit the magazine covers, and a traffic builder at the dealers. There are no real plans to market such a car in any significant quantity, because nobody buys Buick manuals. It's a sad, because with a sound automatic, this car could make a lot of sense for enthusiasts that want to buy a good American sedan. With 295 lbs of torque, it could make a lot of happy owners, if they don't invade BMW and Audi prices.
I personally find the new look of Buick to be the most attractive of the GM brands and they have come a long way in attracting a new age group of potential buyers. I do however find that cheating the U.S. market out of some fun options that are being offered in other countries is happening a lot these days by most brands. It's maddening when I have to read about the same vehicle in China or Europe offering features that should be available to U.S. consumers.
Buick is back. sales figures dont lie.
I have to say that I agree completely with both Greg and Darrel. This car has a lot of unlocked potential. Looks aren't the problem - it looks great, but AWD and an automatic would rule. At a reasonable price, I think many people would give Buick a second look as a move up from the Sonata and a BARGAIN Audi.
They lost me when the ditched the AWD system. 270 HP is a lot of power driving just the front wheels. This car could have been an A4 competitor if it had AWD.
I looked really hard at the Buick before I bought my CTS. While I liked the styling and finishes, the meager 200 HP was a real deal breaker for me. I'm afraid that Sonata like horsepower ratings will not convince me to pay the extra cash for a Buick. I also think the lack of an automatic transmission will hurt sales.

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