If you had your hopes up for a performance focused, 2017 Buick LaCrosse, we’re here to report it’s not going to happen. Buick is saving its performance credibilities for the Regal sedan, and we have some insight on where it may be heading.
Buick LaCrosse chief engineer Jeff Yansenns dropped a hint on what could power a new 2018 Buick Regal GS. He commented if Buick were to use the 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 (also found in the Cadillac XTS V-Sport), it would be a much better fit in the Regal. In the XTS V-Sport, the engine is good for 410 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. This was in response to a hopped up LaCrosse GS.
Currently, the 2016 Buick Regal GS soldiers on with the 2.0-liter LTG turbocharged four-cylinder. It’s a good package, but we’ve found the engine to run out of breath after 4,000 RPM. A twin-turbo V6 on reworked E2XX bones, though? Now we’re talking.
Just don’t expect a manual gearbox option to return. Various Buick engineers felt the days of the manual gearbox are behind the tri-shield brand.