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Buick Regal GS gets 51-hp upgrade, improved AWD

by Justin King

Drivers are treated to AGR-certified performance seats with heating, cooling and massaging functions.

General Motors has unveiled the 2018 Buick Regal GS, introducing significant improvements to better compete against German and Japanese luxury rivals.

The performance-focused five-door sportback is motivated by a retuned 3.6-liter V6, producing 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque -- 51 extra ponies from the previous edition and more power, GM says, than an Acura TLX A-Spec or Lexus IS350 F-Sport.

The extra oomph is transmitted to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission. Its intelligent all-wheel-drive system is tuned specifically for the GS, with active twin clutches that manage torque split between the rear wheels.

Buick's second-generation Continuous Damping Control adjusts damping up to 500 times per second, while enabling suspension modes to be switched from plush to Sport or GS at the push of a button. The GS also boasts standard Brembo brakes for shorter stopping distances.

The GS' exterior has switched from a rounded front fascia to a more sculpted design, complementing standard 19-inch wheels and unique rear styling. Full LED headlamps are available as an optional upgrade.

Drivers are treated to AGR-certified performance seats with heating, cooling and massaging functions. The interior also features a flat-bottom steering wheel, unique pedals and standard eight-inch displays for the infotainment system and instrument cluster.

Aiming to undercut Audi and BMW, the new Regal GS starts at $39,990 (including freight).

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