The 2012 Buick Regal GS is scheduled to arrive in dealerships this fall and boasts an impressive performance of 270 HP, 400 Nm of torque achieved at a relatively low 2400 rpm and an estimated 0-60 mph performance of 6.7 seconds. The GS's engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission, and gets an estimated fuel economy of 28 mpg on the highway, while a six-speed automatic transmission is planned to be available later.
Mike Anderson, Ecotec global chief engineer and program manager, announced that the Regal GS 2.0-liter turbo delivered the highest specific output of any production engine GM had ever offered, delivering a fuel economy that one had expected from a four-cylinder, due to the combination between direct injection and variable valve timing with boosted engines.
An efficient intercooler system, a twin scroll design turbocharger, forged steel crankshaft, continously variable valve timing and direct injection are included into the Ecotec 2.0-liter turbo highlights. The Interactive Drive Control System chassis technology further reinforces Regal GS's performance appeal for it successfully provides vehicle stability, while the driver is able to change the suspension setings through three operating modes. The steering sensitivity can be changed via a variable-effort steering system. A four-wheel-independent suspension that comprises a unique High Performance Strut is featured by the Buick Regal GS, thus helping reduce torque steer. The active Computer damping Control is incorporated in both front and rear dampers and continously changes damper characteristics in real time in order to preserve optimal vehicle ride comfort over different road surfaces and profiles. The Regal GS also features standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control with integrated, full-speed traction control.
Robert Casparian, Regal product marketing manager, stated that the 2012 Regal GS was well balanced offering dynamic handling and ride, great acceleration, powerful brakes as well as an excellent fuel economy.
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