The latest outcome of photographic espionage yields the upcoming 2012 Buick Regal GS, dashing out of GM’s Milford Proving Grounds with next to no camouflage.
From the looks of the photos, the car looks virtually unchanged from the Regal GS show car we’ve seen at the North American International Auto Show earlier this year. The model on display featured a turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec-four producing 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The power could be divided to all four wheels, which can be put to a screeching halt thanks to four standard Brembo brakes. The Regal GS was confirmed for production this past May, though GM failed to officially mention what we could honestly expect.
From the photo we can see that the Regal GS aesthetics are essentially carbon copies of Europe’s Opel Insignia OPC, featuring 20-inch wheels and exhaust ports that sit flush with the bumper. The front fascia also from the Opel parts bin, and is more aggressive than the standard Regal (hence the camo) but will feature Buick’s lined grille in the center. Inside we can see leather with colored stitching, and a pair of epic Recaro seats in the front. We can also spot a six-speed shift knob, meaning the car is also very mechanically similar to the Insignia OPC. Now if we only knew for sure if the GS had the Opel’s 2.8 liter twin-turbocharged V6 under the hood as well, as that would grace the car with 320 horsepower that can thrust the all-wheel-drive Regal GS from 0-60 in under six seconds.
While many outlets cannot wait for this model to arrive, we at GM Authority have a polarizing view on the Regal GS. More on that later, but until then, follow the link and visit Autoblog to have a look at an entire gallery of spy photos.