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Buick Regal GS ConceptThe GS used to be a bad boy, but that was a long time ago. Can the cachet return?
[ Music ] ^M00:00:05 >> You know, back in the day, a Buick Regal GS, or Grand Sport, was a real badass, big motor, big, brawny thing, really fast car. Buick's trying to get back to that as they reinvent the brand and the new GM. And here's the new Buick Regal GS. Now, not a big motor, but a big motor in terms of numbers, 2.0-liter -- that's it -- inline four with a very aggressive turbo profile to get 255 horsepower and 295 footpounds of torque. Bottom line? 0 to 60 in less than 6 seconds. Again, 2.0-liter, inline four doing that, that's pushing things. You've got Brembo brakes. You've got these Recaro-looking seats -- in fact, they are Recaro seats. And you've got all kinds of performance technology: adaptive all-wheel drive on this car, a limited slip differential, and the ability to punch in several different modes. A sport mode, a touring mode, and a GS mode that'll control both the throttle response, the transmission behavior, the suspension settings, really put it into a different personality. Another trend I like to see here is all the chrome on this car isn't chrome. It's all satin finish stuff, here on these vents, the wheels, the window surrounds. Could we be finally at the end of the chrome wheel era, please? Also, part of what makes that engine work so well is direct injection, the hot technology in internal combustion engine these days. And by the way, the power out of all that technology goes out through a six-speed manual on this car, so no pretending with a sport automatic. This GS Model of the Regal isn't gonna be on the market until 2011, and the earlier version of the Regal is going to hit sooner. ^M00:01:33 [ Music ]