- Buick IntelliLink is now standard on Regal GS, including vehicles equipped with available GPS-enabled navigation system
- Exterior colours: Black Diamond Tricoat, Champagne Silver Metallic, Dark Blue Metallic
- Revised look to OnStar buttons
BUICK REGAL GS BALANCES PREMIUM PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY
The Buick Regal GS injects more performance into the Buick sedan lineup, but in an efficient and responsible way: It blends a 270-horsepower (201 kW) high-output Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine; six-speed standard automatic transmission; responsive Interactive Drive Control System suspension technology with exclusive GS-mode; Brembo front calipers; 19-inch wheels and other performance features – and still achieves a fuel consumption rating of 7.4L/100km highway.
The torque from Regal GS’s exclusive Ecotec 2.0L high-output turbocharged engine provides more launch force than the Acura TSX V-6, Audi A4 Sport, Lexus IS 250 and 350, Infiniti G25, Volkswagen CC and the Volvo S60 T5.
Named a Ward’s Auto Top 10 Best Engine for 2012, the Regal GS Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine delivers the highest specific output of any production engine GM has ever offered, and at 135 horsepower per litre, it is the most power-dense engine ever certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers.
For 2013, the Regal GS gets a standard six-speed automatic transmission; buyers have the option of a six-speed manual at no additional charge. It also continues to offer Buick’s IntelliLink in-vehicle communications system standard and adds IntelliLink to the available GPS-enabled navigation radio.
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 sensitivity according to driver preferences.
Regal GS also features a four-wheel independent suspension with a unique High Performance Strut (HiPer Strut) front suspension design that improves ride and handling by reducing torque steer; improving vehicle sensitivity to tire irregularities and wheel balance; more linear and communicative steering through improved camber control; and improved impact isolation on bumps and rough surfaces.
A lower ride height, 19-inch, 5-Twin Spoke alloy wheels (20-inch, 5-Twin Spoke polished alloy wheels with summer-rated performance tires are available) and four-piston Brembo front calipers also contribute to the GS’ performance persona.
Regal GS design
Exclusive design cues inside and out distinguish the Regal GS from other Regal models, beginning with a slightly lowered ride height (10 mm) that projects a sportier stance.
Regal GS also wears unique body colour front and rear fascias, with the front fascia incorporating prominent, vertical air intake slots accented in a satin-metallic finish. The rear fascia has a pair of integrated, satin-metallic trapezoidal exhaust outlets. Body colour rocker panel extensions, rear spoiler and GS decklid badge also are exclusive to GS.
Inside, the Regal GS features an exclusive ebony interior; satin-finish elements on the instrument panel; steering wheel and console; leather-appointed GS sport bucket seats and accent stitching; GS instrument panel badge; sport pedals; GS embroidered floor mats; and a three-spoke, leather-wrapped performance-inspired flat bottom steering wheel.
Regal GS interior – standard and available features
Buick IntelliLink® is standard on all Regal GS audio systems, and uses Bluetooth wireless connectivity or USB to connect the driver’s smartphone to a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-colour touch screen display radio.
IntelliLink® allows smartphone control via voice activation and steering wheel-mounted controls. It also enables streaming stereo audio from the phone through services such as Stitcher SmartRadio®.
IntelliLink® allows Buick customers to customize how and when they want their music and news/talk programming. It also seamlessly integrates portable devices while they are safely stowed, allowing drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
IntelliLink® complements the safety, security and connectivity services of OnStar, also standard on all Regal models. With a simple button touch, voice command or via an app downloadable for certain smartphones, Regal owners can access popular OnStar services such as Turn-by-Turn navigation and Destination Download, hands-free calling, remote door unlock, vehicle diagnostics, emergency assistance and much more.
For 2013, Regal GS also adds an audio system with available GPS-enabled navigation, when ordered with the available sunroof. It consists of IntelliLink connectivity, an AM/FM/XM stereo, single CD/DVD player and MP3 player, USB port, Radio Data System and auxiliary input jack.
Other available interior features include a tilt-sliding sunroof with sunshade.
Efficient, high-output turbocharged engine
The Regal GS turbo delivers the responsiveness and acceleration of a V-6 with the fuel economy of a 2.0L four-cylinder engine. It achieves a fuel consumption rating of 7.4L/100km highway with the standard six-speed manual transmission.
Power for the Regal GS comes from a high-output version of the Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged dual overhead cam engine with continuously variable valve timing and direct-injection technology.
The Regal GS is rated at 270 horsepower (201 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400 Nm). Peak torque is achieved at a relatively low 2400 rpm; 95 percent of peak torque is available between 2,300 and 4,900 rpm.
Direct injection technology helps the engine deliver more power through increased efficiency, while decreasing fuel consumption and lowering emissions. That means less fuel is consumed and lower emissions generated – including up to 25-percent reduced cold-start hydrocarbon emissions. Variable valve timing optimizes power, efficiency and emissions across the entire rpm band.
A six-speed automatic transmission with driver shift control is standard on the Regal GS and a six-speed manual transmission is available.
Chassis and suspension
The Regal GS rides on a wheelbase of 107.8 inches (2738 mm) that delivers refined, well-balanced vehicle dynamics. It also features a four-wheel-independent suspension, with a unique High Performance Strut (HiPer Strut) front suspension design to help reduce torque steer, improve grip and maintain negative camber during cornering.
In addition, the Regal GS’ ride height was lowered 10 mm, and spring and stabilizer bar rates raised by 20 percent, for more responsive handling.
At the rear, the four-link independent rear suspension is designed to minimize unwanted toe and camber effects. Both front and rear dampers incorporate active Computer Damping Control (CDC), which continuously changes damper characteristics to maintain optimal vehicle ride control over varying road surfaces and profiles.
A powerful sedan demands powerful braking capability. Regal GS features a four-wheel disc brake system with Brembo four-piston front callipers, larger ventilated front discs and high-performance linings.
Regal GS is equipped with standard StabiliTrak stability control system with integrated, full-function traction control.
Interactive Drive Control System
The Regal GS’ Interactive Drive Control System adapts damping and other driving functions to drivers’ preferences. While the Regal Turbo offers Interactive Drive Control with the choice of a standard adaptive setting, a more comfortable Tour mode and a Sport mode, the system in the Regal GS is deliberately tuned for those who enjoy a higher level of performance:
Safety and crash-avoidance features
Regal GS offers standard and available safety features designed to protect occupants before, during and after a crash. Safety-enhancing features include:
Six months of OnStar Directions and Connections service is standard on Regal GS. OnStar is the global leading provider of connected safety, security and mobility solutions and advanced information technology.
OnStar’s RemoteLink Mobile App allows smartphone users to control vehicle functions, access vehicle information and send directions directly to the vehicle.
Regal GS also comes with new OnStar button icons. Drivers will notice an updated look for the Hands-Free Calling button, blue OnStar button and red Emergency button.
More information about OnStar can be found at http://www.onstar.ca/
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