2011 Buick Regal

GM surprised everyone by unveiling the 2011 Buick Regal this afternoon. Reported designed to compete with the Acura TSX and Volvo S60, the 2011 Regal chassis was designed in Germany. Some of the hardware is questionable in a premium sports sedan, specifically the base engine, which only puts out 182 HP. Here are the full specs:

2011 Buick Regal Specs

  • 182 HP 2.4 liter I4 ( 172 lb-ft of torque )
  • Optional turbocharged 220 HP 2.4 liter I4 ( 258 lb-ft of torque )
  • Six speed automatica transmission
  • EPA Says: 20 MPG city / 30 MPG city for non-turbo, 18/29 for turbo
  • Standard 18″ wheels
  • Curb weight: estimated 3600 lbs

Buick definitely looked to BMW for styling inspiration, and you can see a lot of 5-series in the looks of the new Regal. That’s not a terrible place to look, as the BMW is a good looking car. However, people don’t buy BMW’s because they look nice – they buy BMW’s because the driving experience is amazing.

I don’t think “amazing driving experience” when I hear Buick.

That’s not to say the Buick won’t drive fantastically well. But the perception is that Buicks drive like big, floaty clouds, and that’s going to be a tough perception to change.

2011 Buick Regal Gallery


Published on November 11, 2009 in Buick

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