Shortly after leaking out, Buick has decided to go ahead and make the 2018 Regal GS official. Today the brand formally revealed the car, which appears to be a step above the previous GS model in terms of performance thanks to a V-6 engine.
It isn’t often we get to write about an automaker bringing back or adding a V-6 engine offering to a midsize sedan, but we can say it today. After disappointing many fans last time around by offering the Regal GS with a turbo four, Buick is mending fences this time by bringing the 3.6-liter V-6 to the GS. The V-6 will hammer out 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque. This sizable increase in power is going to flow through a new nine-speed automatic transmission – no manual option this time.
Regal GS’ power will hit the pavement via all four wheels with a new intelligent, twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system that works in conjunction with a new version of Regal’s Continuous Damper Control and Interactive Drive Control systems. Combined, the systems provide various modes to change the car’s behavior, including the “GS” mode that made the previous version of the car famous.
“With the all-new 2018 Regal GS, we set out to make a driver-focused, engaging and entertaining sport sedan without sacrificing the smooth ride and refined character expected of any modern Buick,” said Martin Hayes, chief engineer for the Buick Regal GS. “Our new V-6 and nine-speed transmission, intelligent AWD and CDC all work to deliver excellent driving performance.”
From a design perspective, the GS treatment is not unlike the previous Regal GS. New vertical “fangs” highlight an exterior design that features more aggressive traits like a darkened grille and subtle body kit. The Regal’s Brembo brakes also feature red calipers to remind folks this isn’t grandma’s Buick.
Inside Buick has upped the ante a bit as well. While the old Regal GS featured sport seats that were not that unique, the new one is featuring AGR-certified performance seats that offer cooling, heat and massage functionality. They also look far more aggressive than the old version. Unique trim pieces and a flat-bottom steering wheel round out the interior differences over the base Regal Sportback.
We also already know the price difference. Buick says the 2018 Regal GS will start at $39,990 (with destination charges). While that’s a $14,000 premium over the regular Regal, there’s really no disputing that on paper the new GS is probably a remarkable value. We look forward to testing this one out.