San Antonio.- Not unlike the aggressive style change that came over the Cadillac brand years ago that reset how America thought of that band, Buick has followed suit with its own style of mojo that is turning heads and bringing younger customers to their showrooms.
When you first walk up to the Regal GS, you don’t immediately place it in the Buick fleet. The aggressive stance, oversized grill, large 20 inch, 5-Twin Spoke Polished Alloy Wheels that remind you of some of those after market hot rods that can tear up the street!
Buick uses a unique body color front and rear fascia. The front fascia incorporates a prominent, vertical air intake slots that are accented in a satinmetallic finish. The rear fascia has a pair of integrated, satin metallic squared off exhaust outlets. To add to the sporty look, a body color rocker panel extensions, a rear spoiler and GS deck lid badge remind you this is not your dad’s Buick.
It comes to no surprise that this sedan was engineered in Germany, to be competitive and handle even the autobahn. The reason for the humph, is a 270-horsepower high-output Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine; six speed standard automatic transmission; responsive Interactive Drive Control System suspension technology with exclusive GSmode; Brembo front calipers.
Even with all that power, it still can achieve an EPA-estimated 27 mpg on the highway. The Regal GS Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine delivers the highest specific output of any production engine GM has ever offered. Add to that for 2013, the Regal GS gets a standard six-speed automatic transmission, but the buyer has the option of a six-speed manual at no additional charge.
Buick’s exclusive Interactive Drive Control System is standard on the Regal GS, and allows drivers to choose from three operating modes – Standard, Sport and GS Mode – that change the suspension settings and steering response sensitivity according to driver preferences.
On the inside, pure luxury! The beautiful ebony interior with leather appointed seating, ebony trim with silver and piano black accents, gives it a very formal look. The seating though plush is supportive and hugs both your back and your backside. Lots of room for five adults, with the fit and finish you would expect from a Buick.
But this Buick has a sporty feel, so you get a sport shifter for the six-speed manual transmission and a suede-covered, flat bottom steering wheel like those used in various racing series. The instrument panel displays in ice blue whenever the driver decides to shift into the sport mode with the Interactive Drive Control System.
When it comes to sound, how about a top of the line Harmon/Kardon 320-watt nine-speaker sound system that can provide tunes form an IntelliLink infotainment and connectivity system as standard for this model year.
Along with Bluetooth-based smartphone connectivity, IntelliLink includes voice commands for various vehicle functions as well streaming audio through Pandora and Stitcher.
With all this excitement you want to make sure you are comfortable, so how about including heated front seats, with 12-way adjustability for both front seats. If you have a hard time parallel parking like me, this Buick provides you front and rear ultrasonic parking assist.
All the look, power, luxury, and safety you expect from a Buick and the sporty power and control you don’t expect starting at $31,000 going to the GS turbo with all the bells and whistles for just under 36,000. If you haven’t driven by a Buick dealership lately, you really owe it to yourself to get into some of the coolest, fastest, sporty Buicks you have ever seen.