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Concept-Buick Regal GS Show Car Preview

2/24/2012
Buick Regal GS Show CarCritical Knowledge:
  • Performance-oriented Buick concept based on all-new 2011 Regal midsize sport sedan
  • Turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with direct injection (est. 255 horsepower)
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Adaptive all-wheel-drive (AWD) system with electronic limited-slip rear differential
  • All-new Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS) offering driver-selectable suspension settings and automatic driver suspension setting adaptability
  • 4-wheel independent suspension with High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut) design in front
  • Brembo brakes with ABS, brake assist and electronic parking brake
  • Standard 20-inch aluminum wheels and Z-rated Bridgestone tires
  • Standard stability control and traction control
  • Two additional front air intakes
  • Unique rocker panels
  • Integrated rear spoiler
  • Dual exhaust outlets
  • Olympic white paint with satin metallic accents
  • Jet black interior
  • Suede-covered, flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Recaro front seats and metal pedals
  • 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds (manufacturer claim)
  • Introduced at the 2010 North American International (Detroit) Auto Show
Introduction
Originally a high-performance option package available on a handful of Buick models sold in the mid-to-late 1960s and early 1970s, when the muscle car performance wars ruled the domestic auto industry, the "Gran Sport" moniker has long stood for Buick performance. First appearing on the Buick Skylark and Riviera in 1965 and, most recently, on the Regal that ended production in 2004, the "Gran Sport" designation was typically accompanied by sporty styling, enhanced handling capabilities, a more powerful engine, and a variety of other go-fast bits (or a combination of all four).

Introduced at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and touted as a possible glimpse of the next Buick Gran Sport model, General Motors has offered up the Regal GS Show Car, a performance-oriented concept based on the forthcoming 2011 Buick Regal sport sedan, itself based on the European-market Opel Insignia. Under the hood of the Regal GS Show Car is a 255-horsepower (est.), turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, sending power through a 6-speed manual transmission to all four wheels. Upgraded suspension, Brembo brakes, and 20-inch alloy wheels round out the mechanical package. Cosmetically, the GS Concept features a sport-oriented interior complementing its mildly reworked body panels. And although the Regal GS is officially a concept vehicle, based on the information and photos GM has released, we'd say it's pretty much a lock for production in the near future.

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