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2012 Buick Regal GS: First Look

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  • Competes with: Audi A4, Acura TSX
  • Looks like: Buick is trying its hand at performance
  • Drivetrain: 255-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; six-speed manual transmission
  • Hits dealerships: Second half of 2011

There’s good and bad news for Buick performance-car fans, who know what the letters GNX mean. The high-output Buick Regal GS is headed for production with 255 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque, albeit to the front wheels, but you won’t be able to get your hands on one for at least eight months. Buick says the car won’t go on sale until the second half of 2011, which sounds far away.

No pricing was announced, but it will clearly cost more than the standard Regal Turbo, which starts at $28,745. The GS comes with a number of high-performance features such as 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, adjustable drive settings and a four-wheel sport suspension. Twenty-inch wheels will be available as an option.

There are also exterior and interior aesthetic changes including a flat-bottomed steering wheel, metal pedals and unique leather seats. Other standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, Harmon Kardon sound system, push-button start, parking sensors and bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps.

A six-speed automatic transmission will be offered as an option at a later date.

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Former managing editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David Thomas

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