The New Buick Regal GS Will Reportedly Have 310 HP

Buick has quietly revealed the upcoming Regal GS will produce an estimated 310 hp (231 kW).

First noticed by GM Authority, the performance figure was reportedly included in the summer issue of the company’s B magazine. The paragraph detailing the Regal GS is missing from the online edition of the magazine but it was apparently included in physical copies which were sent to owners.

Assuming the information is legitimate, the car will have an “aggressive appearance and exclusive design cues” including a unique grille with a textured appearance. The magazine also says drivers can expect a jet black interior as well as a “plethora of performance-enhancing features including a continuously variable damping control system and Interactive Drive Control, which allows you to select from three driving modes.”

The magazine only mentions a “high-feature V6 engine” but documents posted by the California Air Resources Board confirmed the car will have a 3.6-liter V6 that is connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system.

Should the 310 hp (231 kW) figure pan out, the new GS will be significantly more powerful than the outgoing model which had a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder developing 259 hp (193 kW) and 295 lb-ft (399 Nm) of torque.

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  • PhilMcGraw

    Now if they could add this engine to the Tour X version, we could finally see if there is a market for performance wagons.

    • Rocket

      Too bad I can only up-vote this one once. Bring it, GM, bring it. And while I’m wishing, offer it in the Avenir trim. too.

    • Benjamin B.

      310 HP isn’t much. I would get the turbo four. 3.6L isn’t worth it. Wait for turbo 3L.

      • gary4205


  • aaronbbrown

    We’ve almost got in the Horse power back up to where it was in the late 60s when GS Buicks had big block 455ci engines.

    • Mill0048

      Except now it’ll probably be about 122ci. This is going to be a cool car.


  • Dale

    GM really shouldn’t be patting themselves on the back about that number. The European version of the GS (OPC or VXR in UK) had 325hp from its 2.8L Turbo V6. Further, when the GS first came out here it had 285hp from the turbo 4. So while it is great to hear that the car is again getting V6 power and more than before, there’s more hype here than actual go. To make the car a real contender in the mid-luxury sports sedan segment GM is going to have to do more than match the competition…. they need to trounce it.

    • SteersUright

      Agreed. Why does the base 4cyl Turbo still have the exact same hp and tq as it has for so many years now? It just makes it seem like GM doesn’t continue to improve on all accounts. And how competitive is it with even Alfa now having 280hp standard?

    • Benjamin B.

      Exactly I’m waiting for turbo V6

    • Benjamin B.

      I would rather have the turbo four than the 3.6L

  • eb110americana

    The Buick LaCrosse, which shares a long-wheelbase derivative of the Regal’s chassis, uses a 3.6L V6 that makes–surprise, surprise–310 hp @6800 RPM and 282 lb. ft. torque @5200 RPM. The larger LaCrosse will run 0-60 in 6.1 seconds in FWD guise at 3,732 lbs.

    It seems likely that the GS will be less of a performance package, and more of a flagship-for-the-Regal-range lux package. Which may be for the best, as there isn’t much of a market for high performance Buicks these days–save for a few GNX fans who likely wouldn’t want a transverse-engined homage anyway.

  • LJ

    I keep thinking this is a Mazda 6 every time I see pictures of it.


    insignia version?

  • getoffme

    Copy and paste.

  • Andrew Riles

    Interesting, I’m sure I had previously read the V6 version was for the Australian market only in the form of our Commodore replacement…..

  • Infinite1

    Hopefully the front seats are more comfortable this time around. 310 HP isn’t bad but they could use a bit more especially since they’re competing with what’s currently out there now. I also wish the manual transmission is still an option.

    • john1168

      LOL… I was thinking the same thing with the seats. The last Regals seats were super hard! The funny thing was the version of the last Regal GS in China, the seats were softer. I couldn’t understand why they didn’t put those seats in the US version as Americans, in general, like softer seats.

      • Infinite1

        Agreed. I was in a rental and it was nice, just after about an hour of driving in it. My butt started going numb, the seat was very uncomfortable. I understand that there are different seats for different markets, but Americans don’t like to sit on rocks when driving.

    • Benjamin B.

      Even the Lincoln MKZ has a 400HP version now

  • john1168

    meh…. I was expecting more from the GS. I had a feeling it wouldn’t have the twin turbo V6 as I didn’t think the new FWD 9 speed transmission could handle the torque….yet. The new Regal is a nice enough car but I’m disappointed with the styling. And even though it’s lighter (which is great) I’m not so sure it’s going to perform a whole lot better than the old one.

    • Benjamin B.

      Even Ford/Lincoln offers a 400HP turbo Ecoboost V6 in the Lincoln MKZ/Zephyr. I’m disappointed in GM.

      Mind you I still like the Regal a lot. I would rather option a turbo 2.0L than the 3.6L. It’s not worth it. Doesn’t offer much more torque.

  • Benjamin B.

    Disappointing actually. 310? Please give us a turbocharged Regal Grand National model.

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