The Buick Regal GS

Buick steps up to a new-generation buyer with racy styling and turbocharged performance of the 2012 Buick Regal GS. 

General Motors’ Buick division stirs sizzling design into its next–generation product mix with the 2012 Buick Regal GS sport sedan.

Gone are the round contours that dominated last decade’s Buick design, replaced by edgy styling that courts a new–age buyer to the century old brand.

“The 2012 Buick Regal GS is targeted at the Generation X and Generation Y consumers looking for a uniquely styled performance sedan with room for a family,” says Dale Dodge, sale representative for Harbor Buick in Portage. “Shoppers should expect the unexpected with Regal GS priced $10,000 less than other sport sedan competitors.”

Buick Regal’s engine portfolio provides a standard 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with six-speed automatic transmission that delivers 182 horsepower to its base Regal CXL.

Regal’s CXL-Turbo model spools 220 horsepower from a 2.0-liter, turbo–powered four cylinder mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2012 Buick Regal GS raises the power band with a high-output 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec four–cylinder engine that builds 270 horsepower to eclipse 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds.

Our front–wheel drive Regal GS test car came with a close–ratio six-speed manual transmission. A six–speed automatic also is available.

Interactive drive control system with sport and GS modes help map the throttle response and suspension settings to personalize the driving experience. Greater cornering control and balance become the benefactors.

Optional 20–inch polished wheels ($700) wrapped with summer performance tires fill the GS wheel arches from the factory.

However, GM’s Chicago press fleet operator prepared our Regal GS for winter with a full set of Pirelli Sottozero winter tires for year–round driving dynamics and safety.

Winter tires feature soft rubber compounds with thin laterally opposed tread groves containing thousands of microscopic biting edges that spread to meet the road for superb traction, handling and braking performance on snow and ice covered pavement.

Standard outside features include Brembo brakes, high intensity headlamps, front and rear park assist, and special Regal GS bodywork.

Inside, driver and front passenger are treated to heated seats that warm the Euro–style leather cockpit. A tilt and telescopic steering column personalizes the driving position as does the eight–way power seat adjustments. A racy flat–bottom leather steering wheel with brushed aluminum trim is standard.

Though the rear seat is belted for three passengers, two adults ride comfortably in stylized bucket seats that when unoccupied, may be lowered in a split 60/40 fashion to expand the cargo capacity into the cabin from GS’s 14.25-cubic-foot trunk.

The 2012 Buick Regal GS arrives early next year at a base price of $34,450. Buick Regal CXL and CXL–Turbo models start at $27,220 and $29,720, respectively. Add $860 across the board for freight.

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