Upcoming Buick Regal GS Says Goodbye to the Stick, Document Shows

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Buick did a bad job hiding the fact that a brawny GS variant of its 2018 Regal Sportback is on the way. It accidentally teased the vehicle’s presence on its Canadian website earlier this month before attempting — and failing — to remove all traces of this nugget from the internet.

Well, thanks to the California Air Resources Board, we now have documented proof of the GS’s return. The go-fast Buick will bow as a 2018 model, perhaps concurrently with its liftback and wagon siblings, but don’t expect any drivetrain similarities to the outgoing model.

The emissions document covers a host of 2018 General Motors passenger cars outfitted with 3.6-liter V6 engines. As the lesser Regals see only a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (in two torque outputs), the 3.6-liter “Regal AWD” listed here can only be the GS.

This GS breaks with the current model in several ways. This time around, it looks like GM isn’t in the mood to offer buyers much choice. The only transmission available is a nine-speed automatic, which means the save-the-manuals crowd can add Buick to its list of automakers no longer fielding a stick shift.

Oddly, the nine-speed gearbox is only found on front-wheel drive variants of the 2018 Regal Sportback and TourX. As the document states, four-wheel motivation comes standard on the GS, unlike the choice offered by the previous generation. Buick’s AWD system features torque vectoring for improved performance.

While the document doesn’t dish any details on engine output, the same engine makes between 305 and 335 horsepower in other applications. For the GS, it’s possible GM could raise that power ceiling.

One thing that isn’t too mysterious is what the GS should look like. The China-bound GS was revealed last week ahead of the Shanghai Auto Show, sporting a body kit, chromed air inlets and larger, blacked-out wheels. Unlike stateside customers, Chinese buyers will have to make do with GM’s turbo 2.0-liter as the sole engine offering.

[Image: General Motors]

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  • Superdessucke Superdessucke on Apr 17, 2017

    Yawn. A resurrected Somerset package outsells this unoffending "sport" model 5:1. Next.

  • Nickoo Nickoo on Apr 17, 2017

    Who really cares? This car is apparently a loser in quality and dependability and has the highest initial sell/off return rate of all vehicles on the road, if you happen to even see one, they are rarer than hen's teeth, I've seen one regal (not even the GS, in the last 5 years)...And it's no wonder, its the same cost as the German brands that come with more cache, with NONE of that cache associated with it. In addition, it has the "I can't believe that's a Busquawk!" cringe worthy marketing with terrible music. Anyone who WANTS to drive a stick probably wouldn't be choosing a Buick Regal GS to begin with, so many better choices out there with the big 3 from Japan and the big 3 from Germany. That puts this car at 7th place, if not even worse, yes I realize not all of those have a stick option, but still, 7th place...Not to mention, stick drivers, who have to drive a stick are probably looking at something to pair that stick with besides a midsized "performance" sedan, mustang, challenger, miata, 370Z, etc. BTW, I'm not sure if I should be amused or offended when WordPress asks me to "prove my humanity" when I log in, and prove it with solving 2+1...

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    • Superdessucke Superdessucke on Apr 18, 2017

      Unless you got one wrong I wouldn't worry too much.

  • SCE to AUX I've always said that consumer/business pressures will reign in government decrees, as they have in the past in places like California. That state has moved the goalposts many times for "ZEV" mandates.But the problem is the depth of politicization of the EPA. Mfrs need continuity and long-term commitment to requirements, not living on a 4-year political cycle of who's in the White House and Congress. Your President - whomever that is - isn't going to be around forever.
  • Dukeisduke The administration is slowly dribbling out details of the change - it's like they don't want to piss off environmentalists, the auto manufacturers, or the UAW. John McElroy covered this very well in today's installment of Autoline Daily: AD #3751 - 2024 U.S. EV Sales Could Grow 43%; China Price War Spreads To ICE; U.S Vehicles Biggest Ever, Also Lowest CO2 - AutolineAlso, even though vehicles in the US have gotten larger, heavier, and more powerful (thanks to the shift away from sedans to trucks and SUVs), according to a year-end report by the EPA, in 2023, average fuel economy was at its highest ever, and CO2 emissions of new vehicles were at their lowest ever ( The 2023 EPA Automotive Trends Report: Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Fuel Economy, and Technology since 1975, Executive Summary (EPA-420-S-23-002, December 2023 ).
  • Golden2husky How about real names instead of alphabet/numeric soup?
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