2012 Buick Regal GS officially rated at 270 horsepower

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The 2011 Buick Regal GS made a splash recently with its all-new design and better fuel economy engine. With that, today, Buick just officially announced the official rated horsepower and fuel economy for the 2012 Regal GS.

The 2012 Buick Regal GS with a 2.0-liter direct-injected turbocharged four-cylinder engine has been SAE-certified to deliver 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. That’s is big power four an engine of its size. With the new found power, the acceleration time is faster as well; it now can sprint from 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds, which is about 0.3 second less than the previous 255-hp engine.

As for fuel economy, the 2012 Buick Regal GS with a front-wheel drive system and a 6-speed manual transmission, it is estimated at 28 mpg on the highway.

“The Regal GS 2.0L turbo delivers the highest specific output of any production engine GM has ever offered, and at 135 hp per liter is the most power dense engine ever certified by SAE,” said Mike Anderson, Ecotec global chief engineer and program manager.

“We’ve been combining direct injection and variable valve timing with boosted engines since 2006, and there’s no question the Regal GS turbo has the responsiveness and acceleration of some V-6s, while delivering the fuel economy you’d expect of a four-cylinder,” Anderson added.

The 2012 Buick Regal GS will go on sale in the U.S. by this fall with prices to be announced near the launch date.