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2018 Regal GS Revealed

BahamaTodd

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2018 Buick Regal GS Makes World Debut
Premium sport sedan offers all-new 310-horsepower V-6, nine-speed transmission and intelligent AWD with active twin clutch
General Motors

July 19, 2017


DETROIT — Where spirited driving meets attainable luxury and sleek, sporty design meets modern usefulness, you’ll find the 2018 Buick Regal GS – a car for commutes that are anything but common. As the brand’s most dramatic expression of design and dynamics, this all-new model balances these key characteristics to provide customers excellent driving performance every day and in every season.

The 2018 Regal GS advances the nameplate with 51 more horsepower than the model it replaces, more refined transmission and AWD technology, all-new, heated/cooled and massaging performance seats and the added functionality and style of a five-door sportback design. Starting at $39,990 with destination charges, the Regal GS offers luxury features at a price more attainable than competitors from Audi and BMW.

“This is a sport sedan designed for everyday driving, but one that makes every drive special,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick and GMC. “The new Regal GS is in the sweet spot of the market: more refined and luxurious than the mainstream, more value for the price with style and premium features on par with higher-end competitors, and with standard features like AWD with active twin clutch and a rear sportback design that will surprise customers with its usefulness.”

Regal GS Highlights:

  • New 3.6L V-6 with 310 horsepower and 282 lb-ft of torque featuring direct injection, cylinder deactivation and stop/start technology
  • Standard nine-speed automatic transmission and intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) with active twin clutch for improved vehicle control, and five-link rear suspension
  • GS-specific, AGR-certified, performance seats that are heated, cooled and massaging with adjustable seat and seat-back bolsters as well as thigh support
  • Second-generation Continuous Damping Control (CDC) capable of 500 adjustments per second and Interactive Drive Control with GS and Sport modes
  • Unique sport front and rear fascias, side skirts and rear spoiler
  • Standard 19-inch wheels
  • Performance brakes with Brembo front calipers
  • Sport-tuned exhaust system
  • Sport flat-bottom steering wheel and metal pedals
  • Available head-up display

Buick’s most advanced new propulsion components come standard on the new Regal GS. With 310 horsepower, its refined 3.6-liter V-6 provides more power than an Acura TLX A-Spec or a Lexus IS350 F-Sport but offers seamless auto stop/start technology and can cruise on four cylinders. The V-6 engine is complemented by a sport-tuned dual exhaust system.

Regal GS’ intelligent AWD system with an active twin clutch can precisely transfer torque between the rear wheels for more refined and efficient performance, and the GS receives one of the first applications of the nine-speed automatic transmission in the Buick lineup that’s mated to AWD. This advanced new transmission will soon be offered across five different Buick models.

Every Regal GS also features Buick’s Interactive Drive Control, allowing the driver to tailor the car’s dynamics based on different drive experiences through a standard setting or Sport and GS modes selected via the center console. Interactive Drive Control utilizes Buick’s second-generation Continuous Damping Control (CDC), which is able to adjust suspension damping up to 500 times per second.

Versus a standard 2018 Regal Sportback, the GS also has standard Brembo brakes for more confident stopping power.

“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.”

Outside, Buick’s signature sculptural beauty presents the car’s sporting nature in an understated way with aggressive front and rear fascias, standard 19-inch wheels, a rear decklid spoiler and GS badging front and rear. Full LED headlamps are an option.

Inside, the Regal features unique perforated GS-specific performance seats with integrated headrests and adjustable lumbar and thigh support bolsters. The seats are heated and ventilated and come standard with a massage function. The interior also features a standard heated flat-bottom sport steering wheel and GS-specific pedals and sill plates.

The 2018 Regal GS offers a cohesive and connected infotainment experience with an 8-inch diagonal touchscreen and 8-inch diagonal reconfigurable instrument cluster as standard equipment. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility both come standard. A full-color head-up display is available with an optional Driver Confidence II package that also includes several safety features including Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking.

The Regal GS is a highest performance expression of the 2018 Buick Regal GS Sportback. Other Regal Sportback models will offer a standard 2.0T engine and sleek new design at a starting price -- $25,915 – that’s approximately $2,000 lower than the 2017 Regal.

The first-ever Regal TourX, which combines car-like handling and SUV capability, launches with limited availability of select higher trim levels later this year. TourX models with a starting price of $29,995 are expected to be available at dealers in February 2018.

Every Regal also comes equipped with a 3 month/3 gigabyte trial of OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot[1] and access to an unlimited data plan for $20 per month[2], as well as five years of the OnStar Basic Plan[3] at no additional cost. Among other benefits like the myBuick app[4], this connectivity plan features OnStar Smart Driver, an opt-in service designed to help Buick owners maximize their vehicle’s overall performance and become better drivers.

All prices above exclude tax, title, license and dealer fees.

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Consumer Site:
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Seats look excellent. Surprised they went with white contrasting stitching rather than red, but still looks good. All in all, a fantastic deal at just under $40k. And it is the V6 everyone was asking for. Can't wait to see the crazy hp people lay down once they turbo that thing.
 

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[video=youtube;bDH-fXUJwvk]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDH-fXUJwvk[/video]
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ArtBuick

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Does the instrument cluster look like we can pick 3 items to display?
Photo has: Temp - Digital MPH - Volts
The arrows imply more items for each.

Note on the website that LED headlights are an option.
It's great that those seats are standard.

Overall it appears to offer more than 2017 for about the same price.
I am happy to see that the Sunroof is optional, but you know most every GS at the dealer
will have it and special orders have to come from Germany now.
 

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Does the instrument cluster look like we can pick 3 items to display?
Photo has: Temp - Digital MPH - Volts
The arrows imply more items for each.

Note on the website that LED headlights are an option.
It's great that those seats are standard.

Overall it appears to offer more than 2017 for about the same price.
I am happy to see that the Sunroof is optional, but you know most every GS at the dealer
will have it and special orders have to come from Germany now.
I don't think the left and right gauges (oil temp and voltage) can be changed. The Lacrosse has the same cluster, and I've seen several reviews on the Insignia and I haven't seen anything about being able to do that. You can change what is shown in the middle.

32:38
[video=youtube_share;lPxU2wtHmV0]https://youtu.be/lPxU2wtHmV0?t=32m38s[/video]
So annoying seeing the shift paddles right there and the GS doesn't get them

I'm the same about sunroofs - I don't like them either.
 

4cylinder

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Are they really going to show a launch photo with blank switches (see those in front of the shifter)... come on, what is it that's on the Insignia but being held back from the Regal? I suspect auto parking.

Also that awesome big screen cluster needs to come to the non-GS.
 

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So these are all the differences I see so far compared to the Insignia GSi / Commodore VXR:

  • No paddle shifters
  • Rear brake calipers are not painted red to match the front
  • 19" wheels with all seasons vs 20" summer performance tires
  • GSi/VXR is lowered 10mm (ugh, that fender gap on the GS)
  • Smaller rear spoiler





If I get this I might have to consider doing a "GSi / VXR" conversion.
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Really like how this is looking, though I agree the Insignia spoiler and rear red calipers would be nice.

Not thrilled about the switch blanks either. Maybe we'll get the park assist stuff as an option group?

The biggest turnoff right now is the instrument cluster...:ddpuke: Hate it.
 

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Instrument cluster look the same as the LaCrosse. I have it and I personally really like it. Extremely clean and functional, and the menus are very easy to navigate (I prefer it to the touch screen, which is also good). Of course always which for even more customization and info choices...

The steering wheel is also nearly the same, just sported up a bit. This steerer got a lot of negative buzz in the press, but again it's really pretty darn nice under actual use.

vs. the LaCrosse, the best thing is...a REAL SHIFTER with +/- manual mode. Because paddle shifters (which should absolutely also be there) aren't all that awesome under certain conditions.
 

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Color options suck.

Red - free
4 shades of boredom all at extra cost.

I guess I'd take red.
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ArtBuick

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The center info display can display a lot of stuff, but it looks like it can only display one
info at a time. The ATS, which came out in 2013, can display 3 info items at the same time,
even on the trims costing the same as a GS. They have room there for 3 infos.
 

ArtBuick

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Still can't build 2018 GS on Buick.com

Looks like no weight was saved as they said during development.

Looks like some desired options need to be added to the GS as options, that most GS buyers
will want, IE LED lights, Nav....
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Looks like no weight was saved as they said during development.
Holy crap, if that number is true... :banghead:

Any guesses? Is the V6 really that much heavier? The new, non-GS models are definitely lighter.


** edit -- so I took a quick look at the newer LaCrosse (much bigger car) and it's 4150 pounds loaded (with same V6, similar dampers/suspension, and AWD), so I suspect the above 4200 pound weight for the new Regal GS is wrong. ALL of the curb weights seem wrong compared to previously released numbers of "200 pounds lighter". My registration sticker has my curb weight at 3650-ish (2.0T P1):

https://www.gmfleetorderguide.com/NASApp/domestic/proddesc.jsp?year=2018&regionID=1&divisionID=4&type=0&vehicleID=21366&section=specs&page=&butID=9
 
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BahamaTodd

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Holy crap, if that number is true... :banghead:

Any guesses? Is the V6 really that much heavier? The new, non-GS models are definitely lighter.


** edit -- so I took a quick look at the newer LaCrosse (much bigger car) and it's 4150 pounds loaded (with same V6, similar dampers/suspension, and AWD), so I suspect the above 4200 pound weight for the new Regal GS is wrong. ALL of the curb weights seem wrong compared to previously released numbers of "200 pounds lighter". My registration sticker has my curb weight at 3650-ish (2.0T P1):

https://www.gmfleetorderguide.com/NASApp/domestic/proddesc.jsp?year=2018®ionID=1&divisionID=4&type=0&vehicleID=21366§ion=specs&page=&butID=9
I also continue to hope that the weights are wrong.

If not, the Lacrosse will be Buick's quickest sedan, and also happens to come with paddle shifters.

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Good video of the Insignia GSi at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It looks so much better with the 20s and lower suspension.

[video=youtube;yM9Yn9GjBck]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM9Yn9GjBck[/video]
 
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