The new 2018 Buick Regal GS is definitely coming to town, it turns out, and it will do so with a powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine that could deliver 310 horsepower of output. This piece of information isn’t a guess, but a detail leaked from the brand’s own magazine.
Quite a lot of details have already been known to the public about the new Buick Regal GS, which is essentially the performance-oriented version of the Regal. Most of the information was known thanks to the probing eyes of our journalistic colleagues. However, it should be noted that Buick and General Motors – intentionally or unintentionally – leaked details about the new Regal GS.
When Buick unveiled the next generation of the Regal, it only took the wraps off the Sportback and TourX wagon forms, which would be launched later this year. Remarkably missing from the debut of the next-gen Regal was the highly anticipated GS model. Buick hasn’t officially revealed any details about the next-gen Regal GS, but the brand is expected to offer such a model considering the fact that the previous generation has a GS version and this performance-oriented was quite a hit.
Then, Buick Canada, through its Web site, threw some details about the new Regal, mentioning that the GS model would be powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine as complemented by Buick’s twin-clutch all-wheel drive system. This info is now missing from site, so we are inclined to say that it was a leak.
Later on, a supposed next-generation of the Regal GS was spied being test driven in Michigan. It sports an exposed grille (seen as mesh pattern) with quite a different styling from the standard Regal (vertical bar).
Now, Buick’s official owner magazine, “B,” has included an article that discusses the latest generation Regal Sportback. Reading further into the article reveals a section that reads “Regal GS Amps the Performance,” which tells us more information about the return of the performance-oriented Regal. According to the article, the new Regal GS, aside from sporting a 310-hp V6 engine, would feature a distinct textured grille, a Jet Black interior and an array of performance-enhancing elements like a continuously variable dampening control system and “Interactive Drive Control.” This control allows driver to pick from three driving modes: Sport, Touring and GS.
The V6 engine that would be installed inside the new Regal GS would make the gran sport more powerful than the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mill found in the current generation model (310 hp versus 259 hp). If this V6 engine is the same as the one in the new Buick LaCrosse, then it would churn out a torque level lower than the current 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit (282 pound-feet vs. 295 lb.-ft.).