Attainable performance and luxury — that is Buick’s motif surrounding the 2018 Buick Regal GS. After months of leaks and speculation, here it is, and it’s packing the oft-rumored 3.6-liter V6 LGX engine.
Revealed today, the 2018 Regal GS ushers in Buick’s most recent effort at a true sport sedan to match premium rivals at an unmatched value. On paper, the 2018 Buick Regal GS certainly has the credentials.
There’s the aforementioned 3.6-liter V6 engine, which produces 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque. The power is sent through a standard nine-speed automatic transmission—the manual gearbox is long gone—which routes power to all four wheel via a twin-clutch, all-wheel-drive system. Buick is quick to point out there’s more power on tap than an Acura TLX A-Spec or Lexus IS350 F-Sport. It’s also 51 more hp than the outgoing Regal GS, which made use of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Additionally, Buick’s second-generation Continuous Dampening Control system is onboard, which is capable of 500 adjustments per second as it reads the road. Think of it as the little brother to General Motors’ Magnetic Ride Control. Standard “performance brakes” with Brembo front calipers provide the 2018 Regal GS’ stopping force.
However, the 2018 Regal GS offers more luxury per dollar this go around as well. Specific to the 2018 Regal GS are specific, AGR-certified sport seats. Not only are they heated and cooled, they’ll also massage the driver and front passenger. An eight-inch touchscreen display handles the infotainment tasks, and yes, a full-color heads-up display is optional.
As for the design, it’s a proper evolution from the previous Buick Regal GS. More aggressive front and rear fascias compliment new side skirts, standard 19-inch wheels and a rear spoiler. It won’t snap necks, but we think it will turn a few heads.
More power and posh feelings come at a price, however. The 2018 Buick Regal GS will go on sale with a $39,990 starting price, including destination. Will V6 power finally conjure positive thoughts of G-bodies of yore? We don’t know yet, but it seems like a step in the right direction.