Hagerty Insurance placed the Regal GS on its “2012 Hot List”

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 10, 2012

The 2012 Buick Regal GS has been placed on Hagerty Insurance’s “2012 Hot List” for mass-market vehicles with a suggested retail price below $100,000. The classic car insurance firm applauds the Regal GS, which it believes would be a future collectible. Specifically, Hagerty likes Buick’s decision to create performance sedan with a manual transmission, explaining that Buick is offering real three-pedal manual transmissions at a time when sporting makes don’t. General Motors North America President Mark Reuss said that the Regal GS is a “unique and thrilling vehicle for the Buick brand.”

Reuss added that the Regal GS deserves to be considered as one of the best built by Buick. Hagerty said that to be mentioned on the annual Hagerty Hot List, the vehicle has to be geared toward the driving enthusiast “beyond just being a form of transportation.”

”In order to be included on the annual Hagerty Hot List, the vehicle must be geared toward the driving enthusiast beyond just being a form of transportation,” said Hagerty.”Like the other Buick classics listed here, the 2012 Regal GS will be remembered more than most of its peers for many years down the road.”

"As a projected future classic, the Regal GS will join memorable Buicks that have proved their collectability. Following the announcement of the 2012 Hot List, Hagerty experts collaborated with Buick to list the Top 10 most-collectible Buicks, some of which hold values of well over $100,000: 2012 Buick Regal GS; 1932 Model 90 sport phaeton; 1937 66C Century convertible coupe; 1940 Super Model 59 Woody Estate Wagon; 1947 Roadmaster Woody Wagon; 1949 Roadmaster Convertible; 1953 Skylark 1963 Riviera; 1970 GSX Stage 1 Hardtop Coupe; 1987 GNX." said the press release.

Buick announced the production model of its 2012 Regal GS, which is a sportier version of the Regal sport sedan. The Regal sport sedan went on the market in 2010. The GS is powered by a high-output Ecotec 2-liter turbocharged engine that is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. It generates an estimated 255 hp and a torque of 295 lb.-ft. for a 0-60 mph performance in less than seven seconds.

Moreover, the Interactive Drive Control System is a standard on the Regal GS. This system allows you to customize your driving experience by changing your car’s suspension settings as well as steering sensitivity by choosing from these three modes: standard, GS, and sport.

Additionally, the exterior design of the GS features unique front fascia and rear fascia. The front fascia incorporates striking vertical air intake slots as well as a specific grille treatment. The vertical elements feature accents in satin-metallic finish. The rear fascia boasts a pair of satin-metallic trapezoidal exhaust outlets. Also woven into the car’s design is an integrated rear spoiler as well as rocker panel extensions. Also, the GS cuts a much sportier stance, with its slightly lower ride height compared with other models and with its 19” 5-Twin Spoke alloy wheels paired with all-season tires. You can also opt for 20” 5-Twin Spoke alloy wheels paired with performance tires.

When it comes to the GS’ interior, it has a flat-bottom sport steering wheel that’s also racing-inspired, metal sport pedals, and leather-appointed 12-way power-adjustable heated seats for the driver and front passenger alike and that include four-way power lumbar. The car also boasts a GS-specific black interior with satin-finish accents on the steering wheel, instrument panel, and console. Meanwhile, the car’s instrument panel glows white whenever you set Interactive Drive Control System on GS mode.

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