Friday, July 9, 2010

Buick Regal GS

Buick Regal GS

 An all-wheel-drive Buick sedan with a turbocharged engine and a manual transmission? Sounds batty, sure, but it’s just the thing to help the brand that's trying to erase its stodgy old- man image. Plus, what better way to emulate a European sports sedan than to rebadge one that has already proved successful on the Continent? Buick's version of the Opel Insignia OPC could bring enthusiasts back to its showrooms for the first time since…remember when?

The average age of Buick buyers is already dropping, and the brand recently invited us to take a spin in a base Regal on Germany’s Nürburgring, if that tells you anything about its confidence level in the car. If the GS doesn't work out, Buick can claim it was originally planned as a limited-run car, just as Ford did with the debacle that was its LS-based Thunderbird.


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