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When it comes to cars, what defines collectibility? In many cases it’s often a vehicle that breaks the mold, or one that delivers more style and sizzle compared to its more pedestrian counterparts.
In the case of the 2012 Buick Regal GS, which packs a 270 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder engine and can be teamed with a six-speed manual, that’s definitely true. Few cars have done as much to shake off the old fogey aura that’s characterized Buicks for the last two decades, than this spunky sedan.
Now, collector car insurance heavyweight Hagerty is singing the car’s praises too, a statement from the company said that “at a time when allegedly more sporting makes don’t offer real three-pedal manual transmissions, Buick is doing it with the Regal GS.”
This is particularly significant for GM’s North America President Mark Reuss, not only because it puts Buick back on the map, but also because it marks a fitting tribute to the legacy of his father, Lloyd Reuss. As Buick Division General Manager in the 1980s, the elder Reuss helped spearhead the development of the all-conquering Regal Turbos; cars that are now coveted collectibles, especially the 1987 GNX, which at the time of its debut was the fastest accelerating car in America (0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds according to Car & Driver).
“The Regal GS is a unique and thrilling vehicle for the Buick brand,” said Reuss. “As someone who drove a classic Skylark to prom and owned other incredible Buicks like an ’87 GNX, I can say it deserves to be viewed among the best Buick has built.”
The Regal GS now joins Hagerty’s annual “Hot List” of the 10 most collectible Buicks of all time, which besides the 1987 GNX, include the 1932 Model 90 Sport Phaeton, the 1936 Model 66C Century convertible (the so-called Banker’s Hot Rod); the 1940 Super Model 49 Estate Wagon; 1947 Roadmaster Estate Wagon; 1949 Roadmaster convertible; 1953 Skylark convertible; 1963 Riviera coupe and 1970 GSX Stage 1 (widely believed to be the quickest of all factory built four-seater muscle cars).
In order to make the Hot List, Hagerty says a vehicle “must be geared toward the driving enthusiast beyond just being a form of transportation. Like the other Buick classics listed here, the 2012 Regal GS will be remembered more than most of its peers for many years down the road.”
Not to be left out of the fun, Lexus is joining the Super Bowl action with an ad of its own.
The first time the company is running an ad during the big game, this 30-second spot will star the 2013 GS. Titled “The Beast,” the commercial features the GS breaking free of a silver metal box, proving that “change cannot be contained.” At the end of the commercial, you can see four additional containers in the background – according to Lexus, these represent new models that will be revealed later this year.
“The Beast” will air during the end of the first quarter, but just watch it after the jump if you can’t wait a few more days to see it.
If buzz at the LA Auto Show last week was anything to go by, a high-performance Lexus GS is on its way. During inside discussions at the west coast auto show, enthusiasm about building a GS based M5 beater was very much in evidence.
And it’s likely that such a machine wouldn’t just be fast, but actually enjoyable to drive as well, building on the foundation of the new GS model’s already very competent and dynamic chassis. It’s all part of Lexus‘ plan to move away from the somewhat staid, gilded-washing-machine persona it’s created over the last two decades.
In terms of engines, there are many believe that such a super sedan would need a super car engine, in this case a variation of the LFA’s 4.8-liter V10, though Lexus has continued to deny such rumors. Instead, given that BMW and even Mercedes are moving away from V10s and V12s and toward twin turbo V8s in an effort to add a bit of fuel economy along with performance, there’s every indication Lexus might do the same.
Nonetheless in a perhaps interesting move, Lexus is also adamant about not offering diesels on the GS even in Europe, despite the fact most rivals sell them there. Instead, Lexus is focusing on hybrids, it’s European vice president, Andy Pfeiffenberger stating that, “if you’re looking for diesel, I suppose you’ll be buying another brand.”
So does that mean that a V10 really could be a possibility in the GS after all? At this point, it’s simply too early to really say.
BMW has been teasing us with video clips and tidbits of information, now the latest F-10 M5 has been revealed in full production form. And it seems, most of the rumors were true. The car is indeed powered by a twin-turbo charged 4.4-liter V8 engine, rated at 560 horsepower and 506 lb-ft of torque, providing drive to the rear-wheels through a seven-speed double clutch transmission with BMW’s M drivelogic.
In order to help get the substantial amount of power and torque effectively to the monster rear tires, an active differential is standard; just as well really, for this two ton Autobahn burner will reportedly do the 0-62 mph (0-100 km) dash in 4.4 seconds. Although top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph, with the optional M Driver’s Package, up to 190 mph is reportedly possible!
BMW says that the 2012 M5 delivers 9.9 liters per 100 km (23.75 mpg US) in the EU combined fuel economy test cycle, a gain of some 30 percent over the old and much lamented E60 chassis, V10 powered version.
The new M5 will go on sale in Europe in Spring 2012, at press time, there was no word on when North American deliveries would begin nor feature content for stateside models. We’ll keep you posted of any developments.