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10
Feb
10

Buick Regal GS Coming!

Buick Regal Grand Sport GS Concept

Buick Regal Grand Sport

The 2010 Detroit Auto Show showcased the 2011 Buick Regal GS.  When I first saw the Buick Regal and the Opel Insignia I was blown away and it was a car I could not wait to make production here in the states.  Recently there have been spy shots of the Regal GS testing in North America but still there has been no official word from GM to be entered into production.  Car bloggers have been saying it is only a matter of time before they announce the GS being part of the Buick Lineup.

Power for the Regal GS comes from a high-output 2.0L Ecotec turbocharged engine with direct-injection technology. It is based on the engine that will be offered on Regal CXL models later this summer, but the engine and turbocharger are tuned to deliver greater boost pressure in the GS. The output is estimated at 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400 Nm).

The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission that directs torque to an adaptive all-wheel-drive system calibrated for performance driving. An electronic, limited-slip rear differential helps ensure the engine’s power is distributed effectively during cornering.

The high-performance drivetrain is expected to enable the Regal GS to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. That performance is complemented by a four-wheel-independent suspension, with a unique High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut) design in front. The HiPerStrut system helps reduce torque steer and maintain negative camber during cornering. This improves ultimate grip levels in dry and wet conditions, as well as improves the direct feel of the road, while isolating undesirable feedback. Behind the wheel the driver experiences reduced torque steer, improved grip and increased cornering power, along with crisper handling, steering precision and feedback.

The Regal GS features a high-performance Brembo brake system with 14 x 1.2-inch (355 x 32 mm) cross-drilled rotors; four-piston, high-strength aluminum calipers, and high-performance pads.

The Regal GS is also equipped with Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS) chassis technology (also offered on Regal CXL models with the 2.0L turbo engine). It delivers enhanced vehicle stability and greater driving safety, while also adapting the driving characteristics of the car to the driver’s preferences. The driver selects among three operating modes – normal, sport and GS – that change the suspension settings, throttle response and steering sensitivity through the variable-effort steering system.

  • Key Competitors: Acura TL, Saab 9-3, Audi A4, Lexus IS.
  • Power: 2.0L Ecotec turbocharged 4-cylinder – 260-hp / 260 lb-ft.
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual.
  • Performance: 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds.

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04
Feb
10

Chicago

Chicago

It has always been one of my goals to visit all 50 states.  I cheat sometimes where I count the states where I had lay over.  So for example when I have had lay-overs in Minneapoli,s Minnesota you better believe I count Minnesota as a state I have visited.

This past month I had the opportunity to go to Chicago with my father for a business trip.  This was part of the dealer 20 group that we belong too.  I wish I could say that I got to go out and see the city, but to be honest I did not even get into Chicago.  Our plane left on Monday as we were pushing away from the gate ready to take flight but a light would not turn on in the cock pit.  Of course we sat on the runway for almost 2 hours before they pulled us back to the terminal and boarded a different plane.  

So we flew into O’Hare International airport at 10:00 PM.  Our hotel was about 5 minutes away from the airport.  Our meetings started at 7:00 AM in the morning which was a little rough for me which was like waking up at 5:00 AM.  We were in meetings all day Tuesday.  We did get a chance to go out to dinner at Harry Caray’s Steak House, which was fabulous.  As you can see from the pictures it was a really cool place to eat with a giant holy cow in front.

We had early morning meetings on Wednesday and we went to go home right after… Another mechanical issue had us in the airport for an extra 3 hours.  We learned a lot at our meetings but most importantly I get to check off Illinois off my list of states I have visited.  I am anxious to actually really visit Chicago.




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