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.