The Buick division of GM is planning on unveiling a new version of their Regal model GS. The new model will come with a turbocharged 4 banger with a 6 speed manual tranny. The new ride is said to put out 255 HP with some 295 lb-ft of torque. I must admit that the specifications are impressive. Here is what the new Buick may look like:
There’s no automatic in this five-passenger sedan; a six-speed manual transmission routes power to four wheels via an adaptive all-wheel drive system with an electronic limited-slip rear differential. The Regal GS Concept incorporates four-wheel independent suspension with a so-called HiPerStrut system at the front wheels, in order to reduce torque steer and maintain negative camber during cornering. Buick claims the system improves grip and cornering abilities, while heightening steering precision and feedback. The Regal GS Concept is also blessed with 14 inch, four-piston cross-drilled Brembos and high-performance pads. And as one might imagine, the GS sits lower than stock and wears two extra front air intakes as well as forged aluminum 20 inch wheels.
Folks, Buick is your grandfather’s car. It always has been and always will be a car for old folks. How many people will buy a sedan with a six speed manual tranny for what I am sure will be a car selling for $30k or more?
GM is a lost puppy dog and needs to get back on track with a new mission statement and a new game plan. Bringing back these old ideas from the ’80s is not going to make the American public flock to their nearest GM dealership.
What do you think?