In the second half of 2011, showrooms will start displaying an updated and high-performance model of Buick’s Regal sedan. The 2012 Regal GS, which offers an impressive performance, is conceptualized for Buick to appeal to the younger market. With this sedan, Buick dealers have a car that will entice many customers of the former Pontiac brand.
Buick says the Regal GS sedan will deliver 255 hp and can travel from 0 to 60 mph in less than seven seconds.
This 2012 model will be driven by a 2.0 turbocharged engine combined with a six-speed manual transmission. Steering sensitivity and suspension settings can be customized with three modes: sport, standard, and GS.
Prices are not yet announced. In a statement, Buick’s marketing vice president, John Schwegman, said, “Built on the performance foundation of the Regal, the Regal GS was designed as an even sportier expression of responsive performance and style.”
Built as part of a strategy to broaden Buick’s appeal, its Verano compact is expected to arrive in the second half of 2011. [via autonews - sub. required]
The longer wheelbase measuring 107.8 inches, around 2738 mm, ensures that the Buick Regal GS has refined and well-balanced dynamics. It has a four-wheel-independent suspension with the High Performance Strut front suspension design. This system helps in reducing the torque steer in order to maintain the negative camber especially when cornering.
Since the torque steer is reduced, the driver experiences improved grip and even increased cornering power, in addition to steering precision, feedback, and sharper handling. The rear suspension has been designed to enhance the stability of the vehicle further since it minimizes any unwanted toe and camber effects when undergoing spirited driving maneuvers.
The front and rear dampers use a Computer Damping Control (CDC). What this does is to change the damper characteristics continuously to retain optimal ride control of the vehicle regardless of the road surface or profile.
Through the Interactive Driver Control System, the driver can select damping characteristics that are not only more aggressive but also geared towards performance. The vehicle’s braking power is a result of the four-wheel disc brake system with a large diameter and Brembo front calipers.
It also comes with the standard four-channel anti-lock brake system that has been modified to reduce the stopping distance on different road surfaces and conditions.
There is also the electronic parking brake that can be activated through a center console-mounted control. The Buick Regal GS also has the StabiliTrak stability control system with its own integrated and full-function traction control.