With Video: SAE Rates Buick Regal GS At 270 Horsepower, 295 Pounds-Feet Of Torque8
At first thought to produce only 255 horsepower, Buick has announced today that their range-topping Regal GS will in fact be pushing 270 horsepower, supplemented by a meaty 295 lb-ft. of torque (at a low 2,400 RPM) from its turbocharged 2.0-liter ECOTEC engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. 0-60 performance is expected to be around 6.7 seconds, or nearly a full second faster than the current Regal Turbo.
Until we get behind the wheel of the Regal GS, we will withhold our early predictions of understeer.
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270, huh? That’s actually very good — more than the 250 we were expecting before…
As previously commented, if this was the engine/rating in the “regular” Turbo model for $30-32K then they might have something? Certainly will be interesting to see if it sells?
Yeah, certainly will be interesting. But I’m not sure what’s taking so long to bring the GS to market. It’s the same vehicle as the Regal… with a different powertrain and a few different trim items. It was originally announced in November and it’s already June!
In any event, when I had the Lexus ES350 — which shares pretty much identical exterior dimensions with the Regal — I felt that it had plenty of power in its 3.5 liter V6 putting out 268 horses and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. In fact, I could even get the front wheels to lose grip from a standstill — with VSC on (there wasn’t an off switch). So if the Regal GS makes 270 and 295 — coupled with a stick — I expect it to be a very fun car!
I WANT ONE NOW 🙂
I want one too!
Understeer can be mitigated with the traction and stability controll systems, like Accura’s super-handleing without the AWD. GM has done this quite well in Corvettes and Cadillacs, lets hope the GS gets some dynamic LOVE as well.
I Can’t wait to take this pretty baby for a spin
Honestly, my hopes were low with this car when I heard it would only have 255 hp. I have more hope for its performance potential with the 270 hp. I am still concerned this car will water down the GS performance heritage just as Chevrolet did the same thing to the SS heritage back in the late 90’s-early 00’s. I am looking forward to driving this car and seeing how it performs. It sure is beautifully styled.