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2014 Buick Regal GS Review & Test Drive 23
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Buick, Buick Regal, Buick Regal GS, Test Drives on 01 23rd, 2014
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“This isn’t your grandfathers Buick!” That seems to be the statement circulating around my 2014 Buick Regal GS 6-speed manual test vehicle at our recent Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee event in Jacksonville, FL. As onlookers goggled over the new Regal GS, they not only took notice to its sporty appearance and aggressive stance, but they we taken by my test vehicle being equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission and Brembo brakes up front. It is no doubt that the new Regal GS is an attention-grabber among enthusiasts as it takes them back on a reminiscing journey of vehicles like the Buick Regal Grand National and GNX.

The new 2014 Buick Regal GS embodies that spirited drive found in enthusiasts who can remember when Buick had rear-wheel-drive performance cars roaming the streets of America. Today, the new Regal GS sports its aggressive styling and a dash of that old performance inspiration wrapped up in a well-handling front-wheel-drive sedan package all powered by a new 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection 4-cylinder engine.

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The new engine in the 2014 Buick Regal GS is much improved over the outgoing powerplant in that it is made up all-new mechanics for better efficiency of its power output. Total power for the new 2.0-liter turbo 4 comes to 259 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 295 ft-lbs. of torque through a range of 2,500 rpm to 5000 rpm.  With a wide range of torque directed to the front wheels (or all 4 via an optional new Haldex all-wheel-drive system with an electronic limited slip differential), the new Regal GS gives you the reassurance of its ability to overtake on the highway or quickly get out of the hole from a dead stop. Additionally, to keep that reassurance in tack, torque steer is absent as well as any upset or unwanted reverberation in the chassis.

Also See: 2014 Buick Regal FWD Premium II Review & Test Drive

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Building off of the solid platform of the new 2014 Buick Regal Turbo, which I was able to experience and share my positive outlook in a previous review, the new Regal GS is tweaked to put forth its hidden athleticism to the pavement. Over all, the new Regal GS is a soft vehicle when it comes to how it lays down its power and ample 295 ft-lbs. of torque. I found that the power is substantial for its size and weight, but does require an extra effort on the driver’s part to extract the best parts of its available performance. You could say that the most apparent aspects of its softness is the predictable clutch engagement and long-throw 6-speed manual transmission ending with the Regal GS’ quiet whistle of the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The GS is never going to set off any car alarms from its faint exhaust note at any rpm. Rowing through the 6-speed manual transmission will require you adapt to the long throws and manage the slip of the front wheels with traction control disabled.

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One of the highlighted benefits of the all-new Regal GS in the performance arena is the Interactive Drive Control system, which has 3 settings being the default normal mode, Sport mode, and GS mode. Changing the modes via top-dashboard-mounted buttons firms up the dampers for more aggressive characteristics of the suspension system. Sport mode mildly firms up the dampers while the aggressive GS mode firms them up even further but not to the point of any harshness. In a way, GS mode still provides a very smooth yet competent ride quality really making the solid chassis of the Regal GS shine and prove its willingness to compete on those occasional autocross or light track duty days. The Interactive Drive Control system also firms up the steering wheel effort to simulate an aggressive steering rack with a bit more feedback and required effort. I found that GS mode was more of a necessity for enthusiasts or even the casual driver who likes to have a little fun.

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The balance and handling of the new Buick Regal GS is surprising. The four-link independent rear suspension combined with wide-patched P245/40R19 tires at all four corners (or optional P255/35-ZR20 summer performance tires and polished alloy 20-inch wheels) and active Computer Damping Control, all aid in the lateral handling abilities of the new Buick Regal GS. Of course by selecting the GS Interactive Driving Control mode it makes things more competent during spirited driving with firmed dampers and heavier steering effort, which seems to translate the road to the driver a bit better than in normal mode. Putting the 2014 Regal GS into a hard turn can actually emit a slight bit of oversteer, something not expectant from a front wheel drive vehicle. Of course you can quickly change things around in a hard turn with a bit of gas pedal action to thrash the front wheels for an abundance of understeer. Keeping things in a straight line you find the Regal GS putting down a 0-60 mph time of about 6.3 seconds. Achieving that number is not always an easy task as you find different shift points within the large rpm range of peak torque. The all-new direct-injected turbocharged 2.0-liter engine pleasantly fulfills its pulling duties all the way up redline at 7,000 rpm without much of a lag or threshold where some turbo engines tend to fall flat.

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The many surprises expressed verbally from onlookers at our local Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee show was a gift that kept on giving when it came to our new Regal GS test vehicle. Not only did the 6-speed manual transmission and Brembo brakes take folks by surprise, but the interior also had its own duty to raise eyebrows once again. The thick flat-bottom leather-wrapped heated steering wheel combined with the uniquely patterned and well-bolstered sports seats up front and aluminum sport pedals of the Regal GS, all added to the sports appeal of this Buick. At the end of it all, after explaining to others that our new Regal GS had a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 295-ft-lbs. of torque, I quickly lost count of how many times the phrase “this is not your grandfather’s Buick” was uttered out of onlooker’s mouths. The new refreshed dashboard for 2014, mimicking the rest of the Buick Regal line, consisted of many soft-touch plastics and a perception of top-notch fit and finish quality. The new refreshing of the 2014 Regal’s dashboard cleans things up and places more emphasis on ease of usability and a better focus on the large high-resolution 8-inch LCD touchscreen mounted high in the center of the dash. Exclusive to the Regal GS was a large center gauge cluster color LCD screen for readout of the speedometer and configurable vehicle information including g-force metering.

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As far as efficiency goes, the new 2014 Regal GS actually beats out the Turbo Regal by one mpg on the highway in front-wheel-drive configuration. The new Regal GS gets an EPA estimated 20 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. My highway drive up interstate 95 returned an average of 29.7 mpg and around town I saw a steady 21 mpg over the course of a closely-monitored 8 miles of downtown Jacksonville streets.

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The complete balancing act of bringing that Buick performance passion back to the market with the new Buick Regal GS may seem like a complicated task. Though, the new 2014 Buick Regal GS is an excellent start but its over-all softness and lacking ability to really keep up with competitors on spirited drives and track endeavors may be its single disappointment. On the other hand, I fail to remember a time when a grandfather could fun driving a 6-speed manual turbocharged Regal with 295 ft-lbs. of torque. I know my grandfather or father wouldn’t turn down that opportunity.

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Being that the Regal GS is the top end of the trim levels, it includes all features found on the Premium 2 trim in addition to GS specific add-ons to set it apart as the performance oriented vehicle of the bunch, such as the addition of adaptive dampers and selectable modes for the Interactive Driver Control system. The aggressive and unique exterior styling is also an added benefit for the Regal GS’ performance aptitude ending with standard 19-inch alloy wheels or the optional polished 20-inchers.

The new 2014 Buick Regal GS is priced perfectly in line as the top trim for the Regal bringing in a base price of $36,905 and my test vehicle having an as-tested price of $40,715 including a $925 destination charge. As far as value perception, the new Regal GS prides its soft-touched performance edge behind the Buick nameplate to characterize a visual and sensual-performance surprise to shatter the brand’s old preconceptions.

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Copyright: 2014 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Regal GS $36,905 / As-Tested Regal GS FWD $40,715
  • Vehicle layout: Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan
  • Engine: 2.0-liter direct-injection DOHC 16-valve inline-4-cylinder 259 horsepower @ 5300 rpm / 295-lb-ft @ 2500-4000 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual (optional 6-speed automatic)
  • Curb weight: 3,710 lbs. est.
  • Wheelbase: 107.8 in
  • Length x width x height: 190.2 x 73.1 x 58.4 in
  • Headroom: f/r-38.8in./37.3in.
  • Legroom: f/r-42.1in./37.3in.
  • 0-60 mph: 6.3 sec
  • EPA city/hwy fuel econ: 20 mpg / 31 mpg
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.0 gallons


2012 Buick Regal GS Review & Test Drive 21
Dec
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2012 Buick Regal GS, Automotive, Buick, Buick Regal, Buick Regal GS, featured, Test Drives on 12 21st, 2011

Simply put, the all-new 2012 Buick Regal GS is one hot looking vehicle that is very far from that old perception of being your “grandparent’s Buick”. After waiting many years for a performance injection in the Buick line up, the new Regal GS, based off of the European Open Insignia OPL platform, makes its way into the hearts of American consumers.

The all-new Regal GS has made a smooth touchdown eager to help redefine the Buick brand. The latest Regal, introduced as a 2011 model, has taken on a new light thought to basically be an Americanized Opel Insignia. This is actually a good thing considering the Insignia’s versatile platform and European success since its conception in 2008.

Enthusiasts anticipating the all-new Regal GS have a lot of excitement to look forward to while at the same time digest a bit of disappointment after Buick opted to power the new Regal GS with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine instead of its European Opel Insignia OPC counterpart’s 2.8-liter 300 horsepower turbo V6. Instead of getting a Lion at the heart of the Regal GS, we get a timid Pitbull in the form of Regal’s 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder good for 270 horsepower and 295 ft-lbs. of torque.

Performance attributes of the new Buick Regal GS are on point for a sports sedan with the one unfortunate exception of its underwhelming engine. On paper the turbocharged 2.0-liter sounds rather appetizing but it fails to keep you satisfied as you beg for the main course meal or at least some desert. The standard 6-speed manual transmission on the Regal GS, a first for Buick, attempts to make up for the unfulfilling meal. The main downfall of the 6-speed box is shift throws are somewhat long. Otherwise, the clutch feel is excellent where it allows a competent driver to get all he/she can out of the narrow powerband of the turbo 4 banger. 0-60 mph times are just under 7 seconds, which is not much to brag about unless you consider the fact that it is the fastest Buick in the lineup. Stopping distance comes in at an impressive 110 feet from 60 mph. A 6-speed automatic transmission will be available on the new Regal GS later next year (2012).

Driving the new Regal GS can be rewarding for a true automotive enthusiast. At times you will hear a faint whisper from the turbo spooling and a quick whoosh sound from the blow-off valve after getting a nice surge of 295 ft-lbs. of torque. It is just enough power feel yourself flexing neck muscles to keep your head from being pulled closer to the headrest. Being a front-wheel-drive sports sedan, the new Regal GS tends to break the front wheels loose in first gear under full throttle. This happens at low midrange RPMs where the torque peaks. If you spin the engine any higher than 5000 rpm the power tends to flatten out and it feels as if the Regal GS can’t catch a second wind for any additional power.

A unique 4-wheel independent suspension and front HiPerStrut system helps keep torque steer to a minimum. A sporty exhaust note is noticeable when driving and at idle giving the Regal GS more of a sporty character. Onlookers we definitely have the need to do a double-take wondering if they just saw a sporty good-looking Buick, something rarely seen, pass them by.

The 2012 Buick Regal GS is still a worthy competitor in the sports sedan market. When matched up against vehicles such as the Lexus IS 250 F-Sport, the GS has an apparent edge in performance all around. Not to mention, the Regal GS gets slightly better gas mileage and is easier on the pocketbook when compared to a similarly equipped Lexus IS.

The all-new Regal GS is all about playing the sports sedan game even if it requires going into overtime for a win. Despite somewhat of a lackluster power delivery, the new Regal GS is plenty capable in other areas such delivering a good balance between ride qualities and handling abilities. Much of this is due to the Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS), which combines suspension damper management and steering wheel weight adjustments based on driver aptitude or dialed-in through dash-mounted buttons. There are three modes for the system, standard (set as a default), Sport and GS mode. Standard mode is selected by default when the vehicle is started. Standard mode automatically adjusts dampers providing the smoothest ride possible. In Sport mode the suspension dampers and steering wheel weight are tightened slightly while the GS mode maximizes damping and weights the steering wheel even more. GS mode really makes the chassis come alive when you start to toss the Regal GS around. You will undoubtedly feel the difference once GS mode is selected. The optional meaty Pirelli 255/35/ZR20 tires and 20-inch wheels at all four corners only add to the equation to give the Regal GS a solid grip and feel on twisty roads. Even with the larger 20-inch wheels, the ride quality is not compromised. Excellent ride quality in standard mode is mostly due to the Regal GS making millisecond adjustments to the electronic dampers depending on road conditions.

The new Buick Regal GS interior has a bit of that desired European touch. One area that this can be found is in the supportive front bucket leather seats. The fit and finish of the new Regal GS is adequate even for European standards but some of the plastic buttons with a matt finish on the dashboard cheapens up what could be an interior that rivals some expensive luxury sedans in America. A new high-resolution LCD touch-screen interface is a slight deviation from other similarly equipped GM vehicles but proves to be fairly intuitive considering how you have abundance of redundant controls. A new central control dial and set of main-function buttons are located in front of the armrest. This new control unit keeps things basic giving the driver the ability to quickly navigate through vehicle functions, control the SD-card-based GPS Navigation system, select audio sources for the Harmon Kardon Audio system and make other vehicle setting selections.

The integration of controls comes together nicely through the central LCD touch-screen. Despite the LCD screen’s smallish size, it is bright and easy to read even for rear seat passengers. The premium 320-watt Harmon Kardon audio system with 9-speakers is superb. The audio quality was a big surprise for a midsized sedan. Most of the music I played through the system demonstrated clear high notes and supple low bass tones without any abnormal vibrations.

The drivers seating position is great with the omission of pedal room. The footwell seems as if it is designed for a child as I had difficulties finding enough room to situate my size 12s, let alone attempting to healtoe. Apart from doing any fancy footwork, the new Regal GS is surprisingly comfortable up front. Rear seating is bit of a challenge for someone 6 feet or taller due to the lack of legroom. As a plus for front seat passengers the front buckets have a lot of adjustability, which virtually eliminates any usable rear legroom in the new Regal GS. Headroom becomes an issue for rear seat passengers as well due to coupe-like sloping roof line.

The all-new Buick Regal GS has a fashionable look about it that screams performance. If the aggressively styled front bumper and fascia don’t do it for you, maybe the large Brembo brakes up front or 20-inch polished alloy wheels will. Take a gander inside and you will also find a flat-bottom sports steering wheel and three metal sport pedals. If that is not a far cry from the old perception of your “grandparents Buick”, then I do not know what is.

Being that the new Regal GS is more of a specialized sports sedan that not many people immediately recognize, Buick has its work cut out for shaking off that “old-persons car” connotation. With a base price of the all-new Regal GS starting at just $34,450, this should not be big hurdle to overcome provided the new generation of buyers do not have grandparents that drove a Buick back in the day.

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Copyright: 2011 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Regal GS $34,450
  • Vehicle layout: Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan
  • Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve 270-hp @ 5300 rpm / 295-lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • Curb weight (f/r dist): 3,710 lbs. (59/41%)
  • Wheelbase: 107.8 in
  • Length x width x height: 190.2 x 73.1 x 58.4 in
  • Headroom: f/r-38.8in./36.8in.
  • Legroom: f/r-42.1in./37.3in.
  • 0-60 mph: 6.9 sec
  • Braking, 60-0 mph: 110 ft
  • Lateral acceleration: 0.92 g (avg)
  • EPA city/hwy fuel econ: 19 mpg/27 mpg
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.0 gallons


2012 Buick Regal GS Priced from $35,310 4
Aug
Posted by Darryl in 2012 Buick Regal GS, Automotive, Buick, Buick Regal GS, News on 08 4th, 2011

Automotive enthusiasts are really loving the performance numbers coming out of American automakers lately. One “performance” area that comes as a surprise to enthusiasts is the all-new 2012 Buick Regal GS. Power for the new Regal GS is rated at a respectable 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This power comes from an Ecotec 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with direct injection.

The new 2012 Buick Regal GS will have a price starting at $35,310 plus destination charge.  Another shocker is the new Regal GS will sport a 6-speed manual transmission while a 6-speed automatic mill is planned for a late release into the year 2012. EPA fuel consumption figures should come in around 28 mpg on the highway. Buick’s Interactive Drive Control System combined with adaptive suspension comes on the new Regal GS allowing adjustment of the shock damping and other driver functions.

19-wheels are standard on the new 2012 Regal GS while 20-inch polished alloy wheels are available as an option. 12-way adjustable sport-seats, leather trim, leather wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel, Harmon Kardon stereo system, bi-xenon headlights, 120-volt accessory power outlet and push button start are some other features you can expect on the 2012 Regal GS.

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2012 Buick Regal GS Makes Auto Show Debut in LA 17
Nov
Posted by Larry in 2010 LA Auto Show, auto show, Automotive, Buick, Buick Regal, Buick Regal GS, featured, LA Auto Show on 11 17th, 2010

Anticipation of the new Buick Regal GS has just about got the best of me last time I saw a display of the new Regal in every other trim level on the floor of a recent auto show. Today at the LA Auto Show the Buick Regal GS is breaking cover in its production form expressing a level sportiness that we have not seen out of Buick for many years.

The new Buick Regal GS is “Built on the performance foundation of the Regal, the Regal GS was designed as an even sportier expression of responsive performance and style,” said John Schwegman, vice president of Buick marketing. “The driving experience is powerful and spirited; and the GS represents the next entry in Buick’s product renaissance.”

The Buick Regal GS will feature and exclusive Ecotec 2.0-liter turbocharged powerplant that generates 255 horsepower and an astonishing 295 foot-pounds of torque. The engine will be mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with Driver Shift Control (late availability). Styling cues for the Regal GS will feature 19-inch alloy wheels or optional 20-inch polished alloys. Other highlights of the Regal GS will be its long list of standard equipment including Bi-xenon HID headlights, leather seating and accents, Bluetooth connectivity, Harmon/Kardon premium 320-watt sound system, passive keyless entry with push-button start and ultrasonic parking assist (front and rear).

The new 2012 Buick Regal GS will go on sale during the second half of 2011. Pricing details have not been revealed as of yet but I am already sold on this one. Additional details in the press release below.














2012 Buick Regal GS Press Release

2012 Buick Regal GS Production Model Takes Sports Sedan Performance To A New Level For Buick

  • High-performance midsize sport sedan with 0-60 mph performance of under seven seconds
  • Features exclusive, GS-only high-output version of the Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine with 255 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Buick’s Interactive Drive Control System allows drivers to change the suspension settings and steering sensitivity
  • Exclusive, racing-inspired exterior and interior appointments
  • Goes on sale in the second half of 2011

LOS ANGELES – The 2012 Buick Regal GS will make its auto show debut on Nov. 17 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It is an even sportier expression of the Regal sport sedan that went on sale earlier this year and has attracted new buyers to the Buick family. Powered by a high-output, exclusive Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the GS delivers an estimated 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque for a 0-60 mph performance of less than seven seconds (estimated). Buick’s Interactive Drive Control System is standard on the GS, allowing drivers to customize the driving experience by changing the suspension settings and steering sensitivity between three modes: standard, sport and GS.

“Built on the performance foundation of the Regal, the Regal GS was designed as an even sportier expression of responsive performance and style,” said John Schwegman, vice president of Buick marketing. “The driving experience is powerful and spirited; and the GS represents the next entry in Buick’s product renaissance.”

The Regal GS goes on sale in the second half of 2011.  Pricing has not yet been announced.

Product highlights include:

  • Exclusive Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged and intercooled engine rated at an estimated 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm)
  • Six-speed manual transmission, with six-speed automatic with Driver Shift Control to be offered later
  • Interactive Drive Control System with GS mode
  • Four-wheel independent system with HiPerStrut front suspension
  • High-performance four-wheel disc brake system with Brembo front calipers
  • Standard 19-inch, 5-Twin Spoke alloy wheels and all-season tire and optional 20-inch, 5-Twin Spoke polished alloy wheels with performance tires.

The exterior design features unique front and rear fascias, with the front fascia incorporating prominent, vertical air intake slots and specific grille treatment – with the vertical elements accented in a satin-metallic finish. The rear fascia has a pair of integrated, satin-metallic trapezoidal exhaust outlets. Rocker panel extensions and an integrated rear spoiler are also woven into the design. The GS cuts a sportier stance, too, with a slightly lower ride height than other models and aggressive 19-inch, 5-Twin Spoke alloy wheels and all-season tires (20-inch, 5-Twin Spoke polished alloy wheels with performance tires are optional).

Inside is a racing-inspired, flat-bottom sport steering wheel and metal sport pedals, along with leather-appointed 12-way power-adjustable sport driver and front passenger heated seats, which include four-way power lumbar. The GS-specific black interior is accented with satin-finish elements on the instrument panel, steering wheel and console, while the instrument panel glows white when the driver engages the GS mode of the Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS).

Standard amenities for the Regal GS include:

  • Passive keyless entry with push-button start
  • Standard XM Satellite Radio with three-month trial service
  • Harmon/Kardon premium 320-watt sound system with nine speakers
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel with audio controls
  • Leather-appointed sport seating
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats, with 12-way adjustable driver and front passenger seats – including four-way lumbar adjustment
  • 120-volt accessory power outlet
  • Power windows with express up/down feature in the front and express down in the rear.
  • Front and rear ultrasonic parking assist
  • Bi-xenon HID headlamps.

Turbocharging and HiPerStrut

Power for the Regal GS comes from a high-output version of the Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged DOHC VVT engine with direct injection technology. It is based on the engine that will be available on Regal CXL later this year, but the engine and turbocharger are tuned to deliver greater boost pressure in the GS. The output is rated at 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400 Nm). A three-inch-diameter exhaust system provides reduced back pressure, resulting in higher engine power

Direct injection technology helps the engine deliver more power through increased efficiency, while maintaining fuel economy and lowering emissions. That means less fuel is consumed and lower emissions generated – including a 25-percent drop in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions. Variable valve timing optimizes power, efficiency and emissions across the entire rpm band.

“We’ve been combining direct injection and variable valve timing with boosted engines since 2006, and there’s no question the Regal GS turbo has the responsiveness and acceleration of a 3.5L V6, while delivering the fuel economy of a 2.0L four,” said Mike Anderson, Ecotec global chief engineer and program manager.

The engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission will be available later.

The Regal GS rides on a relatively long wheelbase of 107.8 inches (2738 mm), which delivers refined, well-balanced vehicle dynamics. It also features a four-wheel-independent suspension, with a unique High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut) front suspension design. The HiPerStrut system helps reduce torque steer and maintain negative camber during cornering; the driver experiences reduced torque steer, improved grip and increased cornering power, along with crisper handling, steering precision and feedback.

The four-link independent rear suspension is designed to minimize unwanted toe and camber effects during spirited driving maneuvers, enhancing vehicle stability.  Both front and rear dampers incorporate active Computer Damping Control (CDC), continuously changing damper characteristics to maintain optimal vehicle ride control over varying road surfaces and profiles. More aggressive, performance-oriented damping characteristics can also be selected by the driver through the Interactive Driver Control System.

Braking power comes from a large diameter four-wheel disc brake system featuring Brembo front calipers. A standard, four-channel anti-lock brake system is tuned to reduce stopping distances over varied road surfaces and conditions.  An electronic parking brake is actuated via a center console-mounted control. The Regal GS also features standard StabiliTrak stability control system with integrated, full-function traction control.

Interactive Drive Control System

The Regal GS is also equipped with Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS) chassis technology (also offered on other Regal models with the 2.0L turbo engine). It delivers enhanced vehicle stability and greater driving safety. The driver selects among three operating modes – standard, sport and GS – that change the suspension settings, and steering sensitivity through the variable-effort steering system.

A sophisticated driving mode control module continually monitors driving style utilizing yaw rate, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, steering wheel, throttle and vehicle speed. It defines the dynamic vehicle state, including acceleration, braking and cornering, to optimize chassis reactions. It also executes all of the IDCS driver selections. All four dampers are electronically controlled and continuously adapt within milliseconds to the prevailing road conditions, vehicle movements and individual driving style.

Selecting GS mode optimizes the car for dynamic driving, tightening the suspension and steering response. “Standard,” or the default mode, is the setting for all-around use. The sport mode provides a level of performance between standard and the GS modes.

About Buick

Buick is a modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors with thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning models, including the Enclave crossover, LaCrosse sedan and Regal sport sedan. The new Buick Verano compact sedan and a small crossover will join the portfolio in the next few years. Buick’s sales continue to increase in North America, and it remains a best-selling brand in China, with continuing record growth. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.com, on Twitter @buick or at www.facebook.com/buick.

[source: General Motors]







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