When GM imploded a couple of years ago, a lot of us wondered if they could recover. And if they did, would they finally build the cars we knew they could…those cars that appeared every so often and wowed us like the Malibu, the Solstice or the GTO.
Well, the answer is yes and nowhere is it more emphatically yes than at Buick. Yes, stodgy old Buick that built overweight, spongy land yachts and was the overwhelming choice of that demographic that takes advantage of that “last time buyers” program.
The new Lacrosse is an affordable Lexus, and now the Regal is here to show Acura how it’s done. And like the GTO, GM has gone to one of its overseas branches, in this case Opel in Germany, for a new sedan. The Opel Insignia has been transformed into this gorgeous, luxurious little Buick.
And now, the one I’ve been waiting for, actually, salivating for, is here. It’s a turbo, stick.
OK, let me just get through this part.
Outside, the car just flat works, with crisp lines and beautiful assembly. Inside the Regal is more luxurious than most of its competition and roomier to boot.
Power initially comes from a 2.4-liter twin-cam 4-cylincer with 182 horsepower
But our test car has the 2.0-liter turbo and 270 snarling ponies. And praise be my deprived sorts car friends, a 6-speed manual is available and it’s as slick as a politician’s promise. That’s right, there’s frost in Hades as Buick offers a stick shift.
Handling is excellent, if not exactly sports car tight. The new Regal can scoot to 60 miles per hour in 6.2-seconds, and tops out at 142 miles per hour. That is just plain fast whatever language your car speaks.
Mileage ranges from 20 to 30 miles per gallon city and highway and this sportiest of Regals starts at around $35,000.
If you’re thinking it’s sort of an American BMW 3-series for less money…you’re the guy GM wants to speak to. They have a Buick with your name on it.