Report: No Plans for 325-hp Buick Regal GS Says Brand’s GM

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Report: No Plans for 325-hp Buick Regal GS Says Brand’s GM

When and if the Buick Regal GS makes it to market, we’re not going to see a 325-hp turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 under the hood. Rumors that the Regal GS would get such a motor started almost immediately after the Regal was unveiled, with the Opel Insignia on which it’s based offering that very powerplant and GM announcing a high-performance GS model was in the works. Those rumors seemed to come true when the Regal GS Show Car, unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, had that very same turbo V6.

Yet, despite what was there, GM said the Regal Show car had a high-boost version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec 4-cylinder found in the CXL model. Instead of 220-hp an 258 ft-lbs f torque, however, the GS has 255-hp and 295 ft-lbs of torque, ensuring a 0-60 mph time of roughly 6.0 seconds.

According to Buick/GMC General Manager Brian Sweeney in a conversation on GM’s Fastlane blog, the 325-hp motor is not in the plans. “At 255hp with 0-60 in less than 6 seconds we think we’re in good shape if we bring this to production.”

Buick has yet to confirm a production model GS, but at this point it’s essentially a done deal.

[Source: GMFastLane]

  • Ogg

    Fuck you GM, no wonder your in the predicament you are in now. We better get that interior and Recaro seats!

  • dubbya

    dump half your suv or whatever they’re called now and make a 300hp awd sport sedan that gets 35mpg already, listen to your customers, just bunch of old men sitting on a bench talking about crap 20 years ago

  • Bob

    Ogg, are you too stupid to understand what CAFE is? GM is doing what all auto companies are going to be doing in the next couple of years, lowering hp and upping mpg. Moron.

  • Ogg

    Awesome another GM fanboy, it’s going to be great when this car is getting destroyed by a 2011 V6 Mustang. Also when the beloved Camaro SS is getting raped by the 2011 5.0 Mustang GT, way to go GM!

  • jzEllis

    Ogg, SVT cobras, and GT500s can barely beat lowly LS2 GTOs and new SS Camaros (well actually, GTOs and new SS Camaros can beat stock SVT cobras)so what makes you think the 5.0L gt will do any better? the engine is still too small! lol when Ford stops wasting time on such a cute lil engine and make a motor that doesn’t need the band aids of supercharges and the like, we’ll see some real competion!

  • Bob

    Ogg, you’re a moron. The Regal isn’t for street racing down Main Street, it’s for people that want to cruise elegantly with some punch in the throttle. Go back to your trailer and dream of a Hemi or something.

  • SHub

    Bob, you aren’t so smart yourself. Check out the autoline interview with GM’s head of marketing at the NAIS. She states that the new LaCrosse was designed to compete with Lexus. IE – Lexus is Buick’s target. Fat chance if you have nothing to compare to the IS versions. Low volume halo-cars that make the line look more attractive…but, hey, it’s just Toyota, what do they know about marketing cars?
    Marketing your mid-level luxury models to 60 year-olds who want to “cruise elegantly” is what got them in this mess inthe first place.

  • Colum Wood

    The LaCrosse is aimed at the Lexus ES, not IS. Buick’s upcoming Regal will be closer to the IS, but a real IS competitor is coming from Cadillac.
    http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2010/01/report-cadillac-ats-concept-to-debut-this-year.html

  • SHub

    I know that C. Wood. But Buick itself is aimed at Lexus. GS should be similar to IS – a low volume, aspirational version that makes the standard versions more attractive.
    Personally, I’m in my lower 40s and haven’t seen a Buick I would consider in over 20 years. I find the Regal enticing, but I’m a bit of an enthusiast – I own a G8 GT right now. What GM vehicle am I going to replace it with in 3 years? Something a little less boy-racer that can still get my blood pumping, that’s what. A 325 HP Buick selling in the sub-$40,000 range appeals to me quite a bit. I don’t want to go Cadillac – which will be mid- to lower $40k.
    I am also a Marketing executive. I am Buick’s target. Buick’s competition is Lexus, Acura and Infinity. I’d like to see a Regal that can match the lower-end IS models from Lexus, the Acura TL and the G\M 35 from Infinity. I think this Regal has the potential to do this at a great price point. My peers drive 350s, TLs and 35s – if these are Buick’s targets, I believe I have a pretty good idea what is needed to capture some of them. As an enthusiast, I will talk. Most of them like my G8, the performance being the big topic – but it’s size and the 6 liters scared them off (along with the fact that it’s not, uh, mature enough with the hood scoops and all).
    For Buick to capture these buyers, it will not be good enough to be just as good. It’ll have to be better, at a fair price point.

  • Colum Wood

    I think you’ve got it 100%. The Regal GS looks like the only thing that might be up your alley… unless you’d be convinced to go with a CTS, which is a bit larger. After driving the LaCrosse I don’t think the Buick interiors or ride quality are up to the competition. Cadillac continues to be the only GM brand that’s actually luxurious.

  • Bob

    Shub, perhaps you should read my entire sentence, “cruise elegantly with some punch in the throttle”. Reading comprehension is a bit of a skill, eh? Perhaps you aren’t so smart yourself, or perhaps just leave the name calling out of your repertoire.

    Do you really believe that people driving Lexus automobiles are performance nuts? Heck no, those people are in Bimmers. The base IS has a unimpressive V6, something the base Regal will easily be able to compete with, and the GS will blow away.

    People really need to see the light, horsepower is going to keep decreasing over the next 5 years, mpg is going to be the focus of all automakers.

  • SHub

    First off, Bob, YOU started the name calling. Ogg is apparently enthusiastic about performance automobiles. I also am. You called Ogg stupid, and in another post a moron. I saw a kindred spirit and see the point he/she was making.
    I also saw your whole sentence – “cruise elegantly with some punch.”
    The Regal with 255 HP will be out-matched by it’s competition right out of the box. I am a target buyer for this automobile. I want the 325 HP version. Comparable cars to me are the Lexus IS 350 (306 HP), Acura TL (280 HP), Infinity G37 (328 HP).
    The base Regal will be on par with a base Camry, and the turbo will be on par with a Camry V6 (268 HP). With GM stating Lexus is the target – I am saying “some punch” isn’t going to cut it.
    Yes, MPG has center stage. I am not saying every Regal they sell needs to be an Autobahn burner. I am saying the top sport model should at least match it’s competetion. People see Buick as exactly what you stated – “elegant cruisers” first with “some punch” as (hopefully) an afterthought. As a result, their current North American clientele is at or near retirment age. If they wish to change this, they have an excellent start with the new Regal. Make it outstanding and generate some buzz. Ho-hum performance will not do this. 255 HP in a 3500 lb car that prices out in the mid- $30ks will be ho-hum.