The 2012 Buick Regal GS Turbo is tight. Its shifts are tight and it’s driver’s seat even tighter. If your spouse is urging you to write into The Biggest Loser this might not be the ride for you. The Buick Regal GS has seats designed to hold you in place while it lays down .92 g’s on the skid pad. To do this it feels as if Buick wanted you to be integrated into the seat, not simply sitting on it.
Tight would also be an apt description of the GS’s handling. It is without a doubt the stiffest Buick ever produced ending the long heritage of straight-line Buicks of the past.
The Buick Regal GS has a 2.0 liter turbo inline-four making 270HP and almost three hundred lb-ft of torque. Given the power of the GS’s power-plant it has little torque steer.
It took a few days to really understand the car. When it first arrived the interior grabbed my attention. I thought it was similar to the old Pontiac G8. Sort of like a four-door Corvette. That has to be the goal of this Sport sedan.
I have to admit the exterior design looks like many other cars to me. However, a rear quarter view is the Buick’s best profile.
Driving the Buick is the best part. It is both nimble and aware. The GS came with a six-speed gearbox that offers a very soft clutch and smooth operation. I have to wonder what a tuner could do with the GS. A little more boost…who knows.
Bottom line is this. America is putting out some of the best cars in the world right now. That’s right I said it, and the 2012 Buick GS is a great example of what’s to come. Less juice and more boost.
The cost of a new Regal GS? Well, it starts at $34,000.00 and can kiss forty grand loaded.
Again, as the old saying goes, It’s what’s inside that counts, unless you’re Dick Cheney.
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