It was 1991 and at the time I was riding a 1990 Ducati 750 Sport motorcycle. It was red and silver, Italian, and had an exhaust note that was simply glorious. Why do I mention this at the start of an article about the new 2012 Buick Regal GS, well, I’ll tell you. One afternoon I was stopped at a light out on Long Island. I had on my black Vanson leather jacket, gloves and riding boots, as well as my Arai Vector Phil Read Replica helmet – in short, I was looking pretty bad ass. In the next lane pulled up a 1986 Buick Regal GN, a car that looked pretty sinister with its slick black paint. The driver was bald, had a mustache and was wearing glasses, he also looked to be an academic of some sort. I dropped the bike into first gear and proceeded to inch my way up to the line… the GN did the same. When the light turned green I hammered the throttle and ripped away from the light only to find the GN was right next to me. Second and third came in a flash, but it was to no avail, the GN was pulling away.
I say this because the Buick Regal Grand Nationals of the mid-1980’s were some pretty bad ass automobiles and were, in my opinion the last of the evil Buick’s. It’s now 25 years later and Buick is getting ready to release the new 2012 Buick Regal GS, a car that is poised to get Buick back on the performance track. Based heavily on its European brother, the Opel Insignia OPC, the new Regal GS utilizes much of its architecture. With its large vertical air intakes up front, 20-inch wheels and body integrated dual exhaust, the new Regal GS looks pretty beefy right from the get go.
Power will be supplied by GM’s 2.0-liter Ecotec inline-four turbo which should produce around 255 hp and 295 lb-ft. of torque. Keep in mind that the Regal GS is going to be front wheel drive, but GM has assured us that by utilizing its High Performance Strut suspension, that torque steer should be cut to a minimum. The even better news is that the new Regal gets a proper 6-speed manual transmission and Brembo brakes – on a BUICK! I’m actually quite stoked for this car to come out, as it proves that Buick and GM are starting to head back in the right direction. Hmm… I wonder when these things will be hitting the press car fleets?