Buick Regal GS Unveiled, Opel Insignia OPC in GM Guise

American manufacturer GM is at it again (rebadging and all) and announced that the European Opel Insignia OPC got rebadged, equipped with a new engine (a less powerful one than on the Opel, as we will see) and unveiled today as the "21st century successor to Buick’s Gran Sport heritage": the Buick GS. The Buick GS packs, as said, a 2.0l turbocharged four-cylinder engine, smaller than the 2.8l V6 turbo powerplant found on the OPC. As a consequence, the unit on the GS develops only 255 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque, compared to the 325 hp and 435 Nm of torque output of the Insignia OPC. The engine which got under the hood of the GS is based on the unit found on the Regal CXL, the only difference being the tuning brought to both the engine and turbocharger. It is paired with a six-speed manual transmission which directs power to the adaptive all-wheel-drive system.
The car sprints from naught to sixty in less than 6 seconds, about the same as the OPC. No top speed estimate has been provided, but it may be about the same as in the OPC, namely around 250 km/h (155 mph).

We designed the Regal GS to explore the appeal of a high-performance variant of the Regal,” Craig Bierley, product marketing director for Buick said. “Like the Regal, the Regal GS is based on the award-winning Opel Insignia, and we believe it will reinvigorate Buick’s storied Gran Sport legacy.

No pricing or availability information has been released yet.
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