2012 Buick Regal GS officially rated at 270-hp (w/ video)

2012 Buick Regal GS

So you’re pretty upset that the upcoming 2012 Buick Regal GS will only produce 255-hp… well, don’t be so sad. General Motors announced today that when the 2012 Buick Regal GS hits dealerships this fall, it will produce an SAE-certified 270 horsepower and a maximum torque of 295 lb-ft. There is 95 percent of peak torque available between 2,300 and 4,900 rpm.

All that power comes from a 2.0L DOHC VVT inline 4-cylinder ECOTEC Turbo engine. When mated standard to a 6-speed manual transmission (6-speed automatic will be available as an option later), 0 to 60 mph comes in 6.7 seconds.

Comparatively, the Opel Insignia OPC, which the Regal GS takes after, is powered by a 325-hp 2.8 liter V6 turbo engine.

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“The Regal GS 2.0L turbo delivers the highest specific output of any production engine GM has ever offered, and at 135 hp per liter is the most power dense engine ever certified by SAE,” said Mike Anderson, Ecotec global chief engineer and program manager. “We’ve been combining direct injection and variable valve timing with boosted engines since 2006, and there’s no question the Regal GS turbo has the responsiveness and acceleration of some V-6s, while delivering the fuel economy you’d expect of a four-cylinder.”

The 2012 Buick Regal GS also includes Interactive Drive Control System chassis technology, which gives the driver the choice of selecting between three operating modes including GS, Sport and Standard. It also gets a four-wheel-independent suspension, with a unique High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut) front suspension design.

Stopping power comes from large diameter four-wheel disc brake system featuring 4-piston Brembo front calipers.

Hit the jump for a video of the 2012 Buick Regal GS on track.

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– By: Omar Rana