2011 Buick Regal GS?

November 15, 2009

From autoblog.com comes this story:

“While we were talking about the Escalade EXT launch with Susan Docherty (don’t ask) during the Regal reveal at the Hollywood Palladium last week, Car & Driver’s Steve Siler was pushing Maximum Bob about sportier versions of the newest Buick. Now, we heard mumblings about a new Buick Regal GS last month, but that was just dealer hearsay. Siler’s report is straight from Lutz’s mouth, and while he’s not exactly the most reliable GM exec we’ve ever talked with, he does seem to have his finger on the General’s performance pulse.

To summarize a bit, a 335-hp, all-wheel-drive manny-tranny version of the Regal might be coming, labeled with the legendary GS badge. There might even be a wagon version of the top of the line Regal – maybe even one with GM’s eLSD torque vectoring. In fact, Lutz made it sound like GM might just import the 325-hp turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer, crank up the boost a smidge and slap a Regal GS badge on it – which is more than totally fine with us. In fact, Siler suggests that what GM ought to do is make the tip top Regal wagon-only – sort of like the MazdaSpeed3 or WRX STI. Maybe call it the Buick Regal GSX? But like most such things involving GM these days, we’ll believe it when we see it.”

Wow…just wow. Now, if you read my other blog post about the 2011 Buick Regal then you already know that I am not sure about the direction Buick is going. Of course, I will blindly follow (like Apple followers – just had to sneak that in), but I guess I am happy to hear that Buick will make a very powerful Regal available, and even call it the GS. With almost 100 hp more than the last Regal GS, and in a smaller package, this Regal should not have any problem getting up and going – if they end up doing it…

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