Might Buick Add A Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Powered Regal GS?10
Something interesting is going on inside of Opel. The brand recently revealed its version of the 2018 Buick Regal GS, the Opel Insignia GSi with the outgoing Regal GS’ 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Those familiar with Opel will note the “OPC” badge is missing this time around.
Opel’s re-installment of the iconic GSi badge begs a few questions: will there be a true Insignia OPC? If so, will it gain the 2018 Buick Regal GS’ 3.6-liter LGX V6 engine? It also begs this question: will Buick offer a separate Regal GS with the 2.0-liter LTG turbo-four?
To be clear, Buick does offer the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as a standard engine for the 2018 Regal Sportback and Regal TourX. However, it’s detuned to 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The Insignia GSi uses this identical engine, but it features the old Regal GS’ specifications: 260 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
This may leave an opening for the 2.0-liter engine with an increased output to return to the GS’ lineup, potentially under a different badge.
This is purely speculation, but it does seem plausible at the moment. Especially if Opel plans a staggered launch for the GSi and a true Insignia OPC with a larger more-powerful engine. Buick could pull a similar move, but that remains to be seen.
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It might make sense if Buick adds a GS sport or some sort but again as of now we don’t know the horsepower rating of the GSi
Offering the 260 horsepower LTG 2.0L DOHC-4v 4-cyl turbo makes sense if it has some advantage over the 310 hp LGX 3.6L V6, the V6 should offer better performance; but if the LTG 4-cyl turbo offers an advantage in mileage then it has to be considered as a base engine.
The LTG would probably have little advantage in mileage. Plus it requires premium. The LGX runs regular.
I would take the hipo 4 over the 6.
Sedan GS 2.0! 300/300, 3.6 335/285. Sedan GSX 3.0 400/400. Wagon GS 2.0 300/300, 3.6. 335/285. Hey a guy can dream can’t he.
LTG 2.0L VVT TURBO ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS –
2018 Regal Sportback
Engine type Dual Overhead Camshaft
Piston displacement, cu. in.(liter) 121.9 (2.00)
Bore and stroke, in.(cm.) 3.38 x 3.38 (8.59 x 8.59)
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Horsepower [email protected] rpm
Kilowatts(kW) [email protected] rpm
Torque (lb.-ft.) [email protected] rpm
Newton – Meters (N-m) [email protected] rpm
Scrap the shitty old man buicks and bring back Pontiac…..4000 pound curb weight on these big regal boats??
BUICK IS FOR OLD MEN WHO CANT AFFORD CADILLAC
PEOPLE WANT 2018 FIREBIRDS AND GTOs
NOT LACKLUSTER HEAVY BUICKS
FWD Regal has 260tq and 9sp auto.
AWD Regal and TourX have 295tq and 8sp auto.
I kind of agree with “Truth hurts”
Even a limited edition, niche-brand Pontiac Trans Am would fly off the shelves. People are not buying full sized sedans anymore thats why our impalas arent selling and changing the buicks motor wont do squat.