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If you're looking for performance, the Regal GS has got it. The large-displacement 3.6-liter V6 delivers instant power, and a quick punch of the GS mode button prepares the car for a windy mountain road or a quick run around the race track.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEID - The star of the Regal lineup is the all-new Regal GS. The GS is based on the Sportback body and powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine rated at 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque. DETROIT - A big part of Buick's reinvention of the last seven years has been a number of sporty performance cars designed to appeal to younger buyers. The 2018 Buick Regal will continue in that direction with a lineup of engaging designs including the 310-horsepower Buick Regal GS. We were able to test-drive all of the upcoming Regal models recently at GM's Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan.

The basic Regal for 2018 will be a compact four-door "Sportback" coupe with a large rear hatch that encompasses the entire rear window. The hatch offers a large access point for the trunk while folding rear seats further enlarge the potential cargo space. The 2018 Regal will also be available as a five-door station wagon, called the Regal TourX.

PORTLAND TRIBUNBE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The technology story on the new Regal line includes an available 8-inch touchscreen interface with Bose sound system and active noise cancellation. Both the Regal Sportback and TourX offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 250 horsepower. The Sportback is available with your choice of front-wheel- or Buick's intelligent all-wheel-drive. All TourX models come with all-wheel-drive. Front-wheel-drive Regals use an 9-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive models use a 8-speed automatic.

The star of the Regal lineup is the all-new Regal GS. The GS is based on the Sportback body and powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine rated at 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque. The GS is equipped with the 9-speed automatic transmission and intelligent AWD.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The sport bucket seats are supportive, and GM's signature OnStar safety and convenience system is standard with a 5 year basic service plan included. 
The GS also boasts sport features including upgraded Brembo brakes, an active suspension capable of 500 adjustments per second, and a GS driving mode that tightens both suspension and steering response. The sport treatment continues with 19-inch wheels, unique sport seats, and a racing-inspired flat-bottomed steering wheel.

The technology story on the new Regal line includes an available 8-inch touchscreen interface with Bose sound system and active noise cancellation. GM's signature OnStar safety and convenience system is standard with a 5 year basic service plan included.

On the road, the Regal Sportback and TourX models offer good performance. The TourX will be a favorite among Portland drivers for its versatile wagon styling, panoramic sunroof, and slightly raised ride height. This is a wagon that will keep you mobile and comfortable no matter what next winter throws at us. The Sportback also offers more configurable capacity than conventional coupes or sedans.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The TourX will be a favorite among Portland drivers for its versatile wagon styling, panoramic sunroof, and slightly raised ride height. But if you're looking for performance, the Regal GS has got it. The large-displacement 3.6-liter V6 delivers instant power, and a quick punch of the GS mode button prepares the car for a windy mountain road or a quick run around the race track.

The 2018 Regal line will be available for sale later this fall, and the starting price of the Regal Sportback will be $26,840 including all fees. That price is about $2,000 lower than the corresponding 2017 Regal. The Regal TourX will start at $30,920, and the Regal GS will retail starting at $40,915.

2018 Buick Regal GS

Base price: $39,990

Price as tested: $40,915

Type: Compact sportback

Engine: 3.6-liter V6 (310 hp, 282 lbs-ft)

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

EPA estimated mileage: TBD

Overall length: 192.9 inches

Curb weight: TBD

Final assembly: Ruesselsheim, Germany

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