In January, we reported that the new model will feature the most powerful version of The General’s EcoTec. It’s a 2.0-litre turbocharged four banger, and considering both a press release and the power on hand, it will help the car take aim at the leaders of the sports sedan market.
Buick is claiming horsepower to be a healthy 270, while torque is expected to fall just short of 300 ft.-lb. That is some impressive stuff; forget the fact that that figure eclipses figures from more established models like the Lexus IS250 or Audi A4 ; what impresses us is that it’s almost on par with the Mitsubshi EVO MR we just tested.
Buick has been saying for quite awhile now that while Cadillac makes cars for presidents and oil tycoons, they are ready to pursue the newer and competitive market of young professionals. These types have gravitated towards options from Germany and Japan for—well, for as long as we can remember—and it appears that Buick has sensed blood here and is going for it full-bore.
Mike Anderson, Ecotec global design cheif said in a statement that “The Regal GS 2.0L turbo delivers the highest specific output of any production engine GM has ever offered, and at 135 hp per litre is the most power dense engine ever certified by SAE.”
Now, we haven’t really heard an engine described as “dense” before (and we’re not sure if it’s the best term to use, either), but semantics notwithstanding, the bottom line is that 135 hp/litre figure is nothing to sniff at.
Take in to account that GM is claiming 7.1L/100 km in the combined cycle, and we could be seeing a fairly serious player here. Not to mention Brembo disc brakes, driver-adjustable dampers and a torque-steer reducing HiPerStrut system. And if Buick manages to go the route of Kia and Hyundai, whose new turbo engines don’t require premium fuel for optimum performance, then what we have is a fairly intriguing package.
Look for the Regal GS to hit showrooms in fall 2011. No prices have been announced, but expect to benefit from a five-year, 160,000 km warranty.