2012 Buick Regal GS Rated at 270 HP
The 2012 Buick Regal GS has been certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers at 270 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque. That makes the GS’ turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder the most power-dense engine SAE has ever certified, at 135 hp per liter. The figure is also an improvement from the 255 hp GM taunted to us back in November.
Despite delivering more torque than the Acura TSX V-6, Audi A4 Sport and Lexus IS 350, the Regal is slower than all those vehicles, with a zero-to-60-mph time of just 6.7 seconds. But it is a hair faster than the 2012 Volvo S60 T5, which does the job in 6.8 seconds.
The Regal GS will be offered with a standard six-speed manual transmission, with an automatic transmission available later. The sedan will deliver up to 28 mpg on the highway with the manual, GM says.
The GS comes with a number of high-performance features, such as 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, adjustable drive settings and a four-wheel sport suspension. Twenty-inch wheels will be available as an option. On the inside, there’s a flat-bottom steering wheel, metal pedals and unique leather seats.
GM hasn’t given a specific launch date for the GS, but expect it at showrooms before the end of the year.