Friday, April 2, 2010

2010 NYIAS Sneak Peak: Buick Regal GS

Buick's new Regal gets its good looks from it's cousin Opel Insignia. But coming later this year, GM is releasing the Regal GS with sportier looks, performance, and suspension. Now we all know Buicks have been granny mobiles but this isn't one of them, so why would GM bring one to the show that has granny paint on it?

I almost didn't see the GS but I just happened to stumble upon it when I took a short cut through Buick's boring booth. Where's that great charcoal color that we see in the photos? Does it exist?

Although the pictures don't show it very well because of the color, the car looks pretty nice. It's got a certain amount of simple elegance but it still looks sporty. 

The wheels are split 5-spokes with a satin/polished aluminum finish that goes well with the rest of the trim like the front air intakes, the badges, and the exhausts. 

The interior is smooth and sophisticated, it almost doesn't look like it was made by GM. Usually they just take the Chevy Malibu interior and throw it in. This, while pretty simple, actually looks good.

Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.0 liter 255hp engine that GM says does 0-60mph in under 6 seconds and it even comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. Get this, it also gets an adaptive all-wheel-drive system, electronic stability control, and limited-slip differential. 

Kudos to GM for going through with this!

~M/o  "Stay up to Speed"

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