Buick Regal GS
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Saturday Drive: 2012 Buick Regal GS

Buick Regal GS
The Regal GS gets 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque from a 2.0-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Buick says it will do 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds. (David Undercoffler / Los Angeles Times)
Buick Regal GS
Not only is it the fastest Buick you can buy in the states (which some consider akin to the “healthiest Big Mac”), it also comes with a six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. A six-speed automatic transmission will be an option later this year. (David Undercoffler / Los Angeles Times)
Buick Regal GS
Other modifications hinting at the GS’ aggressive inclinations are Brembo four-piston front brakes; a four-wheel independent suspension that’s 10 millimeters lower; 19-inch wheels; aggressive front and rear bumpers; dual chrome-tipped exhaust outlets; and an extra-thick, leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed steering wheel. (David Undercoffler / Los Angeles Times)
Buick Regal GS
Standard on the GS is a Drive Control System with normal, Sport and GS modes that progressively firm up the suspension’s damping level and increase steering resistance. (David Undercoffler / Los Angeles Times)
Buick Regal GS
My tester had options like a navigation system with 7-inch touchscreen; a sunroof; 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in summer tires; and some extra-sparkly (technical term) metallic black paint. (David Undercoffler / Los Angeles Times)
Buick Regal GS
The engine’s power is excellent and this car loves to accelerate, though with peak torque coming a little late (for a turbo) at 2,400 rpm, the GS takes a moment to get moving rapidly. This is more a byproduct of the car’s 3,700-pound curb weight rather than turbo lag, since there really isn’t any. (David Undercoffler / Los Angeles Times)
Buick Regal GS
Drivers and passengers alike will notice is this car’s turbo whine. Some fans of forced-induction love this noise, but to these ears it just sounded like the car was having a prolonged asthma attack. It was much more of an annoyance than a reminder that you were driving a performance-oriented sedan.  (David Undercoffler / Los Angeles Times)
Buick Regal GS
Once you get moving, this car enjoys a spirited freeway cruise or trek over sweeping canyon roads. The car’s Buick nameplate combines with its stout engine to also make this car a bit of a sleeper, though the 20-inch wheels and more aggressive front may key fellow drivers into the fact that this isn’t papa’s Roadmaster. (David Undercoffler / Los Angeles Times)
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