In the 1980s, the American automaker Buick built the fastest accelerating production car of all time and introduced high performance innovations like the intercooler to the production line at the same time. This car was the black on black Buick Grand National, and it started out life as plain Jane grey Buick Regal T Type. While some might pine for General Motors to bring the super high output Opel Insignia OPC stateside, the 2012 Buick Regal GS makes one heck of a 21st century Regal T Type. The GS features an aggressive stance and our car rode around on the optional 20-inch brilliant chrome rollers that house a set of purposeful Brembos brakes.
The upgraded stopping power is a good thing, because at the heart of the 2012 Buick regal GS is a 270 HP Ecotec engine that features fuel efficient and power producing direct injection and turbocharging to generate an astounding 295 lb-ft of torque from a 2.0 Liter four cylinder that gets an estimated 27 MPG on the highway, starting at $34,835. The 2012 Regal GS features General Motors’ new HiPer Strut technology, GM’s answer to torque steer, and it works. The weight gain is more than displaced by the enhanced driveability, especially in such a high output front wheel drive application.
The interior is spacious with a well-appointed cabin chock full of electronic goodies like a 7-inch color touch screen with sat/nav and a nine-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system; not to mention a pair of heavily bolstered seats that do the Recaros from the Concept justice, as well as a flat bottom steering wheel that reminds you this is not a standard Regal.