We’ve gone on record in saying that the Buick Regal GS is one of the best front-wheel-drive vehicles we have ever had the privilege of driving. Its crisp suspension and steering, coupled by substantial power and big brakes give the Regal GS a driving feel that was unique in the Buick family, standing out as the clear enthusiast’s choice. And for the 2014 model year, the Regal GS will have more to offer enthusiasts in terms of technology, safety, and variety.
Like the 2014 LaCrosse and base Regal models, the Regal GS benefits from a plethora of new technology, but builds on what’s offered with an exclusive and standard eight-inch configurable color instrument panel (IP). The new IP gives the driver freedom to customize the information displayed, which is adjusted through controls on the restyled steering wheel. The new digitized panel even displays a friction bubble, providing feedback on lateral and longitudinal G-force information.
Of course, there’s the new Buick IntelliLink system, and safety enhancements (both of which we discussed in depth in the 2014 LaCrosse reveal). But the big story here is the addition of all-wheel-drive to the Regal GS.
Since the vehicle was released, just about everyone questioned why there was no all-wheel-drive option. Whatever the reason was, it’s no longer the case, as the 2014 Regal GS offers the latest Haldex all-wheel-drive setup. However, the Regal GS will share the same power output as the lesser Regal Turbo, as both now share the same 2.0L turbocharged LTG engine, rated at 259 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. The difference-maker here, however, is the Regal GS’ sophisticated Hi-Per Strut suspension system, and its GS driving mode, which sharpens the steering, tightens the suspension, and minimizes body roll in ways that cannot be replicated in lesser Regal models. The Regal GS also benefits from larger brakes over the Regal Turbo.
And since the Regal GS comes in all-wheel-drive, it now takes a multi-tiered approach towards appealing to consumers who are looking for more than just a premium sedan. On one end there’s the all-wheel-drive model with a six-speed automatic, but on the other end is the lighter front-wheel-drive model that also happens to be the only Regal with a six-speed manual transmission. Buyers will be able to choose their weapon when the 2014 Regal GS launches this fall.