The Buick Regal GS May Have Been Leaked
The brand's sleeper sedan may be returning with new equipment meant to make it quicker than ever.
The Buick Regal has been a long favorite of fans of sleeper cars. For those not in the know, a sleeper is a car that looks slow, but in reality, can accelerate faster than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking competition. The Regal earned its reputation as a potential sleeper starting with the little-produced, but widely known Regal GNX, which sported a 276 horsepower, twin turbo V6, which would propel it from 0-60 in 4.6 seconds, a blinding time in 1987, and still fast today. Though its descendant the GS was never as prominent a sleeper car, it lost little of the GNX's low key exterior and performance.
The redesigned Buick Regal was announced earlier this week, with the first model year slated for release as 2018, likely meaning the vehicle will hit showrooms later this year. It shares lineage with the Opel Insignia, a Europe market station wagon. The two announced models are Sportback and TourX, but no GS model has been officially announced. Things were looking bleak until The Truth About Cars did some sleuthing on Buick of Canada's website, where they discovered this blurb on the page on the new Regal.
Twin clutch all wheel drive? Sounds like a step up from the generic FWD cars of its past, almost like a budget version of the Alfa Quadrifoglio. You know, without the turbos, or other wizardry. The passage has since been removed from the Regal's page, though for some time after, Google was still showing evidence of the page in its caches.
Some sources speculate the GS will receive the current Camaro's V6, a 3.6L unit that makes 335 horsepower. If we are lucky, we may once again receive a GNX version with a twin turbo V6... but I may be dreaming. Don't wake me up.