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Will Buick's New Regal Get a V6?

Will Buick's New Regal Get a V6?

Buick just took the wraps off the 2018 Regal last week, but rumors are already flying. The only official powertrain option announced for the new Regal Sportback and TourX is GM’s 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, but TTAC noticed on Buick’s Canadian website that a V-6 may be coming.

According to the report and the subsequent screenshot of Buick’s site, a Regal GS is referenced featuring a 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Given the fact that GM’s well-known 3.6-liter V-6 ranges in horsepower from 315 to 335, it is a very realistic option for a GS performance model.

This would mark the first time Buick has put a V-6 in the Regal since it returned to the market back in 2010. For those old enough to remember, prior to the launch of the Regal in 2010, rumors surfaced that a GS model was going to be powered by the 3.6-liter V-6 as well. It turned out that the Regal GS yielded only a higher output version of the car’s 2.0-liter turbo, to the disappointment of many enthusiasts.

There’s no word yet on if or when a Regal GS could launch, much less a confirmation of its powertrain. Thus far Buick has not officially commented on the leak and probably won’t until there’s GS news to share.



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    Unless its like Ford's 3.0 V6 Turbo, it wouldn't be worth it.

    The top level Lincoln MKZ puts out over 400 horsepower on all wheel drive models (350 with front drive), which is pretty awesome for this class.
    300+ horsepower V6 would be awesome in a car that size. The 3.6L LGX V6 puts out about 310 horsepower in the LaCrosse, but I suspect that a "GS" branded Regal would exceed that by a healthy margin.

    Acura's excellent V6 makes about 290 horsepower in the TLX. The Volvo S60 R Design puts out about 302 horsepower.

    The performance models of the Insignia look awesome with the larger wheels. I suspect that the GS model will have a performance suspension with a slightly lower ride height and higher end wheels. I like the proportions of this one but I suspect that a Regal GS would include some additional trim like the current model has.

    The current model is very highly rated among entry luxury cars in Consumer Reports. I think it handles and rides brilliantly, but the shortcoming is the rear seat space. It's actually a bit heavy for something that size. Kinda hope these wheels carry over:

    Unless its like Ford's 3.0 V6 Turbo, it wouldn't be worth it.
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