Buick already ditched the six-speed manual gearbox in the current Regal GS after a (not surprisingly) slow take rate, but unfortunately, the option won’t be returning for the GS’ follow-up act.
The Truth About Cars has unearthed another California Air Resources Board document, the same institution that confirmed the Regal TourX wagon, and it shows no stick shift option in sight. Instead, the document reaffirms the rumor of a 3.6-liter V6 engine as the sport sedan’s powerplant, but it will be paired to a nine-speed automatic sending power to all four wheels.
What is interesting is this seems to be the only all-wheel drive variant available with the nine-speed automatic, which is reserved for front-wheel drive Regals only outside of the GS. As for the aforementioned V6 engine, power outputs may hover around 335 horsepower, which is what the Camaro team has massaged out of the regular Camaro LT. Though, Buick could do more to compensate for zero forced induction.
We already have an idea of what the 2018 Regal GS will look like, too. Images of the Chinese-spec Regal GS leaked last week, showing a much more aggressive body and performance cues. If the information provided with said leaks is true, we’ll be seeing more of the 2018 Regal GS when it debuts at the Shangai Auto Show this week.