Friday, June 17, 2011

Fast Friday: Passing the torch to a new GS

Interesting bit of news this week comes to us from the Car and Driver Blog. They note that the 2012 Buick Regal GS, previewed at the Los Angeles Auto Show, was a bit understated wh it comes to power. Says C/D:

"At the 2010 Los Angeles auto show, Buick introduced us to the 2012 Regal GS, the upcoming four-door that will be the highest-performance version of the Opel-cum-Buick. We weren’t thrilled that the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine made just 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque; for a car Buick is promoting as a sport sedan, it’s not impressive to be outgunned in horsepower by the higher-output versions of the Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Nissan Altima. That won’t be the case any longer, at least, as official SAE testing now rates the Buick’s engine at 270 hp. (Torque remains at an ample 295 lb-ft. That should be plenty for the G’s front wheels to handle."

270 hp is indeed good news and harkens us back to the last Turbocharged Regal with horsepower in that range- the 1987 GNX. Billed as the "Grand National to end all Grand Nationals", the limited production GNX was rated at 276 hp from its specially prepared 3.8 litre Turbo V6.

Here's a video recapture of the GNX, also from Car and Driver:

Of course we all know Buick tended to underrate power back then, but still its awesome to have Buick back in the game and besides, who says they're still not understating?

The 2012 Regal GS with its standard six speed manual transmission is due in the fall.

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