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Encyclopedia > Buick Regal
Buick Regal
1995-1996 Buick Regal sedan
Manufacturer Buick
Parent company General Motors
Production 1973–2004
Assembly Oshawa, Ontario
Successor Buick LaCrosse
Class Personal luxury car (1973-1979)
Mid-size (1980-2004)

The Buick Regal is a mid-size car produced by General Motors' Buick division from 1973 through 2004, during which Buick also used the Century name on mid-size models; the two frequently shared bodies and powertrains. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 396 pixelsFull resolution (2583 × 1278 pixel, file size: 248 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Automakers, also known as carmakers, automobile manufacturers, motor manufacturers, or the automobile industry are companies that design and manufacture automobiles. ... Buick is a brand of automobile built in the United States, Canada, China and in Spain by General Motors Corporation. ... General Motors Corporation, also known as GM, an American multinational corporation, is the worlds largest auto company by production volume for the first 9 months of 2007, and by sales volume for 76 consecutive years. ... Oshawa (estimated 2004 population 150 000; metropolitan population 296 298) is a city on Lake Ontario located approximately 60 km east of downtown Toronto in Ontario, Canada. ... The Buick LaCrosse is a Buick automobile model introduced in the United States for the 2005 model year. ... Car classification is subjective since many vehicles fall into multiple categories. ... Ford Thunderbird A personal luxury car is a highly styled, luxurious automobile intended for the comfort and satisfaction of its owner/driver, sacrificing passenger space, cargo capacity, and other practical concerns for the sake of style. ... A mid-size car, frequently referred to as an intermediate, is an automobile with a size between that of a compact and a full-size or standard-size car. ... A mid-size car, frequently referred to as an intermediate, is an automobile with a size between that of a compact and a full-size or standard-size car. ... General Motors Corporation, also known as GM, an American multinational corporation, is the worlds largest auto company by production volume for the first 9 months of 2007, and by sales volume for 76 consecutive years. ... Buick is a brand of automobile built in the United States, Canada, China and in Spain by General Motors Corporation. ... Buick Century is a model name used by the Buick division of General Motors for a line of fullsize performance vehicles from 1936 to 1942 and 1954 to 1958; Buick also used the Century name from 1973 to 2004 for its value-added midsize cars. ...

Contents

1973 - 1977

First generation
Production 1973–1977
Body style(s) 2-door coupe
Layout FR layout
Platform A-body
Engine(s) 231 in³ V6
350 in³ V8
455 in³ V8
Transmission(s) 3-speed Turbo-Hydramatic
Related Buick Century
Chevrolet El Camino
Chevrolet Malibu
Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Oldsmobile Cutlass
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Pontiac Grand Am
Pontiac Grand Prix

Buick had been the first GM division to bring a personal luxury car to market with its full-size 1963 Riviera but was otherwise slow to react to the developing lower-priced mid-size personal luxury market, which Pontiac created with the 1969 Grand Prix and Chevrolet with the Monte Carlo the following year, 1970. At the same time Oldsmobile added a formal notchback coupe to its intermediate line, the Cutlass Supreme, in 1970 and that model soon became Olds' best selling intermediate. Wanting a model that could be marketed to compete against the Olds Cutlass Supreme as well as the Grand Prix and Monte Carlo, Buick introduced the Regal for 1973, as a top line coupe in that division's intermediate A-body line, the Century. The year 1973 also marked the introduction of the first major restyling of GM's intermediate A-body design since 1968, as well as the first major restyling for the intermediate-based G-body used for the Monte Carlo and Grand Prix. Cars can come in a large variety of different body styles. ... 1995 Buick Riviera coupe A coupé (from the French for cut) or coupe is a two or four-seater car with a fixed roof and two doors. ... In automobile design layout is the place where both the engine and driven wheels are. ... Sketch of FR layout In automobile design, an FR, or front-engine, rear wheel drive means a layout where the engine is in the front of the vehicle and drive wheels at the rear. ... An automobile platform is a shared set of components common to a number of different automobiles. ... The General Motors A platform (commonly called A-body) was a mid-size car automobile platform. ... The Ford Essex V6 engine V6 and V-6 redirect here. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration A V8 engine is a V engine with eight cylinders. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration A V8 engine is a V engine with eight cylinders. ... “Gearbox” redirects here. ... Turbo-Hydramatic is the registered tradename of an automatic transmission developed and produced by General Motors. ... Buick Century is a model name used by the Buick division of General Motors for a line of fullsize performance vehicles from 1936 to 1942 and 1954 to 1958; Buick also used the Century name from 1973 to 2004 for its value-added midsize cars. ... The Chevrolet El Camino (Spanish translation The Road) was a car-like pick-up built by Chevrolet in the United States from 1959 to 1987. ... The Chevrolet Malibu (named after Malibu, California) is a mid-size car produced in the United States by General Motors. ... The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was an American mid-size car. ... The Oldsmobile Cutlass was an automobile made by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors. ... The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was a mid-size car produced by General Motors for the American market. ... The Pontiac Grand Am was originally a mid-size car and later a compact car that was produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. ... The Pontiac Grand Prix is an automobile produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. ... Ford Thunderbird A personal luxury car is a highly styled, luxurious automobile intended for the comfort and satisfaction of its owner/driver, sacrificing passenger space, cargo capacity, and other practical concerns for the sake of style. ... The Buick Riviera was an automobile produced by Buick in the United States from the 1963 to 1999 model years, with 1,127,261 produced. ... This article is about Pontiac automobiles; for the Native American leader, see Chief Pontiac, for other uses see the Pontiac (disambiguation). ... The Pontiac Grand Prix is an automobile produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. ... Chevrolet (IPA: - French origin) (colloquially Chevy) is a brand of automobile, produced by General Motors (GM). ... The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was an American mid-size car. ... Oldsmobile is a brand of automobile produced for most of its existence by General Motors. ... The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was an intermediate-size car produced by General Motors for the American market. ... The General Motors G platform (also called G-body) was used for GM mid-size cars such as Buick Regal and Chevrolet Malibu. ...


A highly-trimmed, notchback coupe, the first Regal shared its front and rear styling with its Century parent with distinctions amounting to differing grilles and taillight lenses. The Regal shared the same "Colonnade" pillared hardtop roofline (a hardtop with center pillar but frameless doors unlike a sedan body) and greenhouse (window area) with the Grand Prix, Monte Carlo and Cutlass Supreme as well as the lower-priced Buick Century Luxus coupe. Like its corporate cousins, the Regal (and Luxus) featured the newly fashionable opera windows, which were small fixed rear-side windows surrounded by sheetmetal, instead of the traditional roll-down windows. Only the Colonnade hardtop coupe was offered in the Regal line in 1973, but a new four-door Colonnade sedan (with six-window-greenhouse and frameless door windows) debuted in 1974 and continued through the 1977 model year. 1995 Buick Riviera coupe A coupé (from the French for cut) or coupe is a two or four-seater car with a fixed roof and two doors. ...


Regal interiors were generally more luxurious than lesser Century models with woodgrain trim on dashboard and door panels, along with door-pull straps and notchback bench seats with center armrests with either cloth, velour or vinyl upholstery. Optionally available throughout the run was a 60/40 split bench seat with armrest. For 1976 and 1977, the Regal coupe was available with the S/R option that included reclining bucket seats with cordoroy upholstery. The model lasted five years with minimal changes, although there was a fairly substantial facelift in 1976 (for the coupe only - sedans stayed with original 1973 sheetmetal through 1977), which incorporated the recently legalized square headlights (horizontally-mounted on coupes, and vertically on sedans - much like the mid-1960s Pontiacs). A notchback full-size luxury sedan. ...


The Regal most commonly powered by Buick's 350 in³ V8, which was standard equipment on all models in 1973 and 1974 and optional on coupes but remained standard on sedans from 1975 to 1977, and the larger 455 in³ V8 was optional in 1973 and 1974 only. Starting in 1975, Regal coupes came standard with Buick's resurrected 231 in³ V6 engine previously offered on the Skylark from 1964 to 1967; the engine's tooling had been sold to Kaiser Motors for use in Jeep models (Kaiser was purchased by American Motors in 1970 and Jeep became an AMC division) and sold back to GM by AMC in 1974. In 1975 and 1976, the Century and Regal were the only mid-sized cars in America to offer V6 engines. Like its sister General Motors divisions, Buick produced its own family of V8 engines to replace its straight-8 engines. ... Like its sister General Motors divisions, Buick produced its own family of V8 engines to replace its straight-8 engines. ... The Ford Essex V6 engine V6 and V-6 redirect here. ... The Buick Skylark was a passenger car produced by the Buick division of General Motors. ... Kaiser Motors, a subsidiary of Kaiser Industries, was a manufacturer of automobiles in the United States from 1946 - 1963 based in Willow Run, Michigan (USA). ... For other uses, see Jeep (disambiguation). ...


The Century designation was quietly dropped from the Regal in 1975.


1978 - 1987

Second generation
1987 Buick Regal WE4 (Turbo T)
Production 1978–1987
Body style(s) 2-door coupe
4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
Layout FR layout
Platform A-body (1978-1981)
G-body (1982-1987)
Engine(s) 231 in³ Buick V6
252 in³ Buick V6
267 in³ Chevrolet V8
307 in³ Oldsmobile V8
Transmission(s) 3-speed THM200 automatic
4-speed THM200-4R automatic
Wheelbase 108 in (2743 mm)
Related Buick Century
Chevrolet El Camino
Chevrolet Malibu
Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Oldsmobile Cutlass
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Pontiac Bonneville
Pontiac Grand Am
Pontiac Grand Prix

A downsized Regal appeared for 1978 with a new version of Buick's venerable 231 in³ V6, a combination that lasted 9 years and helped give the Regal an unexpected reputation for performance. Nevertheless, it was still hampered (from a performance perspective) by a soft suspension, small wheels and tires and the unavailability of a manual transmission, largely because the intermediate personal luxury market was the Regal's intended target, not the sports car segment. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 630 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This picture is of a 1987 Buick Regal WE4 (Turbo T). ... Cars can come in a large variety of different body styles. ... 1995 Buick Riviera coupe A coupé (from the French for cut) or coupe is a two or four-seater car with a fixed roof and two doors. ... A notchback full-size luxury sedan. ... Estate car body style (Saab 95) A station wagon (United States usage), wagon (Australian usage, though station wagon is widely used) or estate car (United Kingdom usage) is a car body style similar to a sedan car but with an extended rear cargo area. ... In automobile design layout is the place where both the engine and driven wheels are. ... Sketch of FR layout In automobile design, an FR, or front-engine, rear wheel drive means a layout where the engine is in the front of the vehicle and drive wheels at the rear. ... An automobile platform is a shared set of components common to a number of different automobiles. ... The General Motors A platform (commonly called A-body) was a mid-size car automobile platform. ... The General Motors G platform (also called G-body) was used for GM mid-size cars such as Buick Regal and Chevrolet Malibu. ... The Buick V6 engine family, initially marketed as the Fireball at its introduction in 1962, is a large V6 engine used by General Motors. ... The Ford Essex V6 engine V6 and V-6 redirect here. ... The Buick V6 engine family, initially marketed as the Fireball at its introduction in 1962, is a large V6 engine used by General Motors. ... The Ford Essex V6 engine V6 and V-6 redirect here. ... // Chevrolets small-block V8 is a famous automobile engine. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration A V8 engine is a V engine with eight cylinders. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration A V8 engine is a V engine with eight cylinders. ... “Gearbox” redirects here. ... Turbo-Hydramatic is the registered tradename of an automatic transmission developed and produced by General Motors. ... Turbo-Hydramatic is the registered tradename of an automatic transmission developed and produced by General Motors. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Buick Century is a model name used by the Buick division of General Motors for a line of fullsize performance vehicles from 1936 to 1942 and 1954 to 1958; Buick also used the Century name from 1973 to 2004 for its value-added midsize cars. ... The Chevrolet El Camino (Spanish translation The Road) was a car-like pick-up built by Chevrolet in the United States from 1959 to 1987. ... The Chevrolet Malibu (named after Malibu, California) is a mid-size car produced in the United States by General Motors. ... The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was an American mid-size car. ... The Oldsmobile Cutlass was an automobile made by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors. ... The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was a mid-size car produced by General Motors for the American market. ... The Pontiac Bonneville was an automobile built by the Pontiac division of General Motors from 1958 to 2005. ... The Pontiac Grand Am was originally a mid-size car and later a compact car that was produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. ... The Pontiac Grand Prix is an automobile produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. ... A manual transmission (also known as a stick shift, straight drive, or standard transmission) is a type of transmission used in automotive applications. ... 1963 Jaguar E-Type, a classic sports car 1963 Chevrolet Corvette was based upon European sports cars A sports car is an automobile designed for performance driving. ...


The 1978 Regal was noteworthy, as it could be equipped with a 3.8 L Turbocharged V-6 engine. Versions were offered with either a 2-bbl or a 4-bbl carburetor. The Buick LeSabre was also available with the turbocharged engine. The only other turbocharged cars available in the U.S. market in 1978 were imports from Saab and the Porsche 930. The Turbo Regal also included a firm ride and handling suspension with larger tires and sport wheels. Turbocharger Cut-away A turbocharger is a device used in internal-combustion engines to increase the power output of the engine by increasing the mass of oxygen and fuel entering the engine. ... Bendix-Technico (Stromberg) 1-barrel downdraft carburetor model BXUV-3, with nomenclature A carburetor (North American spelling) / carburettor (international spelling), colloquially called a carb (in North America and the United Kingdom) or carby (chiefly in Australia), is a device that blends air and fuel for an internal combustion engine. ... The Buick LeSabre was a full-size car made by the Buick division of General Motors from 1959-2005. ... Saab Automobile AB is automobile manufacturing company in Sweden, and is currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of the General Motors Corporation. ... The 930 (usually pronounced nine-thirty) was a sports car built by Porsche, 930 actually being the Type Number for the pre-964 generation 911 Turbo produced between 1975 and 1989. ...


A facelift in 1981 gave the Regal a much more aerodynamic profile, helping make it possible for the car to compete on the NASCAR racing circuit, where it enjoyed several decent seasons and won the NASCAR manufacturers title in 1981 and 1982. V8s for street use were still available, but had shrunk to 267 in³, and the V6 was rapidly gaining popularity. In 1982, a new Century appeared on the front-wheel drive A-body, but the former rear-wheel drive Century sedan and wagon were not discontinued. These models were simply rebadged as Regals, and for the first time the name appeared on a full model lineup. From 1986 to 1987, the 5.0 L Olds 307 V8 was available as an option. Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration A V8 engine is a V engine with eight cylinders. ... Front-wheel drive is the most common form of engine/transmission layout used in modern passenger cars, where the engine drives the front wheels. ... 1987 Chevrolet Celebrity station wagon The General Motors A platform (commonly called the A-body) was a midsize car automobile platform. ... Rear-wheel drive (or RWD for short) is an engine/transmission layout used in automobiles. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Grand National and GNX

T-Type Regal coupes, aimed at the performance market, appeared at this time, but the real news came in 1982, when the Regal Grand National appeared. Named for the NASCAR Grand National racing series, this car incorporated a 4.1 L V6 with 125 hp (93 kW) or an optional 180 hp turbocharged 3.8 L V6. There was no Grand National in 1983, but it returned in 1984 wrapped in its familiar all black paint. The turbocharged 3.8 became standard and would continue to be refined with fuel injection and intercooling. In 1987 it reached 245 hp (182 kW). The Buick GNX remains the most popular model in the T-Type lineup. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... This article is about a unit of measurement. ...


1987 also offered a lightweight WE4 (Turbo T) option which is extremely rare today. Only 1,547 of this variant were produced (they essentially replaced the T-Type package although the T was available on V8 cars as well). They were painted black and treated to the same blackout package as the Grand National, including bumpers, grille, headlight and taillight trim. The differences between a WE4 and the base Grand National were the interior trim package, wheels, exterior badging, aluminum bumper supports, and aluminum rear brake drums as opposed to the Grand National's cast iron. The rear spoiler was only available as a dealer installed option. 1987 was the only year that the Turbo was available on any Regal 2dr model making it possible to even see a Limited with a vinyl landau roof and a power bulge turbo hood.


By 1985, the Grand National was acquiring a reputation as a modern muscle car, but the days of the G-body were numbered. For the final year, 1987, Buick introduced the GNX at a $10,995 premium. Produced by McLaren/ASC, Buick underrated the GNX at 276 hp (206 kW) and a very substantial 360 lb-ft (488 N·m) of torque which gave this car a 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds.[1] This was created so as to be "Grand National to end all Grand Nationals," as the next model year converted the chassis to front-wheel drive, which, Buick engineers admitted, simply wouldn't be able to put down that much power. Changes made included a special Garrett ceramic-impellered turbocharger connected to a more efficient intercooler and a specially coated up pipe. A specific computer chip, low-restriction exhaust with dual mufflers, reprogrammed Turbo Hydramatic 200-4R transmission with a custom torque converter and transmission cooler, and unique differential cover/panhard bar included more of the performance modifications. Exterior styling changes include vents located on each front fender, 16 inch black mesh style wheels with VR-speed rated tires, and deletion of the hood and fender emblems. The interior changes of the GNX included a serial number on the dash plaque and a revised instrument cluster providing analog Stewart-Warner gauges, including an analog turbo boost gauge. The General Motors G platform (also called G-body) was used for GM mid-size cars such as Buick Regal and Chevrolet Malibu. ... McLaren logo from the sill plate of a McLaren F1 McLaren Cars (since renamed McLaren Automotive) is an automaker founded in 1990 with the object of producing road cars based on Formula One technology. ... American Specialty Cars (commonly known as ASC) is an automobile design, engineering, and conversion company headquartered in Southgate, Michigan. ... Front-wheel drive is the most common form of engine/transmission layout used in modern passenger cars, where the engine drives the front wheels. ... Garrett Engine Boosting Systems is a subsidiary of Honeywell Corporation. ... Air foil bearing-supported turbocharger cutaway made by Mohawk Innovative Technology Inc. ... An intercooler, or charge air cooler, is an air-to-air or air-to-liquid heat exchange device used on turbocharged and supercharged internal combustion engines to improve their volumetric efficiency by increasing intake air charge density through isochoric cooling. ...


The acceleration performance of the GNX outpaced the factory's power claims: 0-60 mph (97 km/h) took just 4.7 s with a 13.4 s/104 mph (167 km/h) quarter-mile. According to contemporary sources, these numbers made the GNX the fastest production sedan ever built. This claim is somewhat controversial—the car had two doors but its interior volume and structure made it a sedan rather than a coupe, and just 547 examples were built. GNX #001 is currently owned by Buick and sometimes makes appearances at car shows around the US. Although many quicker cars have been built, including a number of quicker modern sedans, its performance was truly impressive for the time. A contemporary Porsche 930 hit (97 km/h) in 5.0 seconds and ran the quarter mile in 13.6 seconds, roughly equivalent to the GNX, which cost much less and could out-accelerate the naturally-aspirated 911 of the day. Ironically, many believe that these performance numbers were the reason the GNX was axed. GM didn't want one of its own cars outperforming its flagship, the Corvette, and pulled the plug on the Buick program. The muscle cars of the 1960s had the power to beat the GNX, but the tires of the time could not transform this into speed, not to mention the numerous techniques employed in the GNX allowed the car to transfer all the power to the ground, such as a ladder bar that ran from the mid-section of the car to the rear axle, so as to increase traction. This is also the reason why a GNX will actually lift the rear end up when the car is about to launch heavily. The GNX never made much of a road-track competitor to cars like the 911, but it could certainly hold its own on a drag strip. For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... The 930 (usually pronounced nine-thirty) was a sports car built by Porsche, 930 actually being the Type Number for the pre-964 generation 911 Turbo produced between 1975 and 1989. ... Porsche 911 in hillclimb The Porsche 912 (pronounced as nine eleven) is a sports car made by Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany. ... The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car that has been manufactured by Chevrolet since 1953. ... The Pontiac GTO is a classic example of the muscle car. ...


Another amazing aspect of the Buick Grand National and GNX is the ease of upgrading performance. As electronic technology increased in automobiles over the years, with the implementation of forced induction(such as turbochargers and superchargers) and chips controlling the many aspects of the car, increasing performance became that much easier. Simply by spending under a hundred dollars on a race chip and increasing the boost could drop the Grand National’s quarter-mile time from its stock fourteen second range into the high twelve-second range. This alone makes the Grand National a very formidable opponent on the drag strip. Other easy upgrades include installing a larger turbocharger or purchasing larger fuel-injectors capable of supplying the engine with more fuel. The affordability and effectiveness of these upgrades made the Grand National a very popular car for drag-racing. In recent times with stock Corvettes producing quarter-mile times in the eleven second range, Grand Nationals provide an easy way to overcome the current “bad-boy” muscle cars. One can purchase a Grand National and upgrade it for far less money than buying a modern high-performance car and easily produce much quicker quarter-mile times.

The 1986 and 1987 Buick Grand Nationals and GNXs are now being sought by collectors throughout the United States and abroad. For those enthusiasts who care to maintain these cars as stock, parts are becoming increasingly difficult to come by and are expensive as they are drying up quickly. Only a handful of vendors actually stock the authentic NOS4GN parts. Those collectors who wish to maintain mint condition cars will generally only use genuine GM or ACDelco parts from one of the few reputable vendors. Due to the limited availability of these nos parts, the prices are rapidly increasing as the value of these cars keep rising.


Famously painted in all black, the Grand National and GNX were ferocious drag strip competitors and are highly collectible today. The stealthy appearance coupled with the fact that the Grand National was initially released during the height of Star Wars fever earned it the title Darth Vader Car (Car and Driver covered the model's introduction with the headline "Darth Vader, your car is ready," a phrase more recently attributed to the Maybach Exelero). The Grand National returned briefly to the headlines in 2003, when actor Sean Penn's car was stolen with several guns inside. Also, actress Carmen Electra bought her then rock star husband Dave Navarro a 1987 Grand National as a present.[2] This article is about the series. ... Cover of Car and Driver from age of psychedelic lettering Car and Driver is an American automotive enthusiast magazine. ... Maybach Exelero The Maybach Exelero is a high-performance super car designed and built by luxury car manufacturer Maybach, and presented in May 2005. ... Sean Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director, known for playing intense, often humorless and unsympathetic characters. ... Tara Patrick redirects here. ... “David Navarro” redirects here. ...


1988 - 1996

Third generation
1994 Buick Regal Custom
Production 1988–1996
Body style(s) 2-door coupe
4-door sedan
Layout FF layout
Platform W-body
Engine(s) 2.8 L X V6
3.1 L X V6
3.8 L Buick V6
Transmission(s) 4-speed 4T60-E automatic
Wheelbase 107.5 in (2731 mm)
Length 1988-89 Coupe: 192.2 in (4882 mm)
1990-91 Coupe: 191.6 in (4867 mm)
1992-93 Coupe: 193.6 in (4917 mm)
1992-93 Limited Coupe: 193.5 in (4915 mm)
1994-96 Coupe: 193.9 in (4925 mm)
1990-91 Sedan: 194.6 in (4943 mm)
1992-93 Custom & Gran Sport Sedans: 194.8 in (4948 mm)
1992-93 Limited Sedan: 196 in (4978 mm)
1994-96 Sedan: 193.7 in (4920 mm)
Width 72.5 in (1842 mm)
Height Sedan: 54.5 in (1384 mm)
Sedan: 53 in (1346 mm)
Fuel capacity 17.1 US gallons (64.7 L/14.2 imp gal)
Related Chevrolet Lumina
Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Pontiac Grand Prix
W-body Regal Coupe
W-body Regal Coupe

A new Regal appeared in 1988 on the GM W platform. This version both departed from and returned to Regal tradition. It was a departure in being the first front-wheel drive model, and in having no serious performance option or edition; there was no V8 engine and the V6 no longer offered a turbocharger. It did return to the original concept, however, in being offered as a coupe only, aimed once again squarely at the personal luxury buyer. The decline in that market, though, was becoming noticeable to all the manufacturers, and in 1990 the Regal again had a four-door sedan version (as did the Grand Prix the same year). This generation ran with few changes for nine years. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 385 KB) Summary A 1994 Buick Regal Custom. ... Cars can come in a large variety of different body styles. ... 1995 Buick Riviera coupe A coupé (from the French for cut) or coupe is a two or four-seater car with a fixed roof and two doors. ... A notchback full-size luxury sedan. ... In automobile design layout is the place where both the engine and driven wheels are. ... Sketch of FF layout In automotive design, a FF, or Front-engine, Front-wheel drive layout places both the engine and driven wheels at the front of the vehicle. ... An automobile platform is a shared set of components common to a number of different automobiles. ... The W-body is a automobile platform from General Motors which underpins midsize cars with front wheel drive. ... The General Motors 60° V6 family of engines began with the 1980 Chevrolet 2. ... The Ford Essex V6 engine V6 and V-6 redirect here. ... The General Motors 60° V6 family of engines began with the 1980 Chevrolet 2. ... The Ford Essex V6 engine V6 and V-6 redirect here. ... The Buick V6 engine family, initially marketed as the Fireball at its introduction in 1962, is a large V6 engine used by General Motors. ... The Ford Essex V6 engine V6 and V-6 redirect here. ... “Gearbox” redirects here. ... The 4T60-E (and similar 4T65-E) is a series of automatic transmissions from General Motors. ... The automatic gear selector in a Ford Five Hundred vehicle An automatic transmission (commonly abbreviated as AT) is an automobile gearbox that can change gear ratios automatically as the vehicle moves, thus freeing the driver from having to shift gears manually (similar but larger devices are also used for railroad... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... See Chevrolet Lumina (Australia) for the Australian built vehicle of the same name. ... The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was an American mid-size car. ... The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was a mid-size car produced by General Motors for the American market. ... The Pontiac Grand Prix is an automobile produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 415 pixelsFull resolution (2284 × 1184 pixel, file size: 258 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 415 pixelsFull resolution (2284 × 1184 pixel, file size: 258 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The W-body is a automobile platform from General Motors which underpins midsize cars with front wheel drive. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration A V8 engine is a V engine with eight cylinders. ... The Ford Essex V6 engine V6 and V-6 redirect here. ...


The Regal was offered in base Custom and upscale Limited trim lines, with a Gran Sport appearance package added in 1991. The 3.8 L V6 was unique to the Regal, giving the car some performance to differentiate it from the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme and Pontiac Grand Prix, with which it shared many of its components. Anti-lock brakes were made standard on all but the base Custom cars in 1992, and the grille was redesigned again for 1993. Along with the new look came an electronically-controlled automatic transmission and LeSabre-like rear lights and bumper. Image:1971GranSport. ... The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was a mid-size car produced by General Motors for the American market. ... The Pontiac Grand Prix is an automobile produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. ... An anti-lock braking system (commonly known as ABS, from the German name Antiblockiersystem given to it by its inventors at Bosch) is a system on motor vehicles which prevents the wheels from locking while braking. ... The Buick LeSabre was a full-size car made by the Buick division of General Motors from 1959-2005. ...


A driver's side airbag was added for 1994, though the motorized seatbelts remained. Other changes that year included the deletion of the Limited coupe, standard ABS on all models, standard power windows, and 20 hp (14.9 kW) more in the base engine. Dual airbags were new for 1995 along with a new interior. The large engine gained 35 hp (26 kW) for 1996, and only the Custom and Gran Sport (GS) coupes remained. Although 1996 was the last year of this model, production continued into 1997 as the replacement model was late. For the Mozilla crash reporting software previously called Airbag, see Breakpad. ...


Engines

  • 1988-1989 2.8 L (170 in³) V6
  • 1989-1997 3.1 L (191 in³) 3100V6
  • 1990-1997 3.8 L (231 in³) BuickV6


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1997 - 2004

Fourth generation
1997-2004 Buick Regal
Production 1997–2004
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
Layout FF layout
Platform W-body
Engine(s) 3.8 L V6
Transmission(s) 4-speed 4T65-E automatic
4-speed 4T65-E HD automatic
Wheelbase 109.0 in (2769 mm)
Length 196.2 in (4983 mm)
Width 72.7 in (1847 mm)
Height 56.6 in (1438 mm)
Fuel capacity 17.5 US gallons (66.2 L/14.6 imp gal)
Related Buick Century
Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Lumina
Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Oldsmobile Intrigue
Pontiac Grand Prix

In 1997, the Century and the Regal once again became versions of the same car, sitting on a revised W platform that was shared with the Oldsmobile Intrigue, the Pontiac Grand Prix, and the Chevrolet Impala. The Regal's length was longer than the Century. A four-door sedan was the only model offered, and differences were mostly cosmetic. As the upmarket version, the Regal offered larger engines and fancier trim, and once again boasted a newer version of the 3.8 L V6. While the Century was mainly a reliable, economy-minded car based upon the W-body, the Regal was fitted with many amenities, including heated leather seats, a Monsoon 8-speaker surround sound system, dual climate control, and expansive interior space. Few changes occurred during this version's seven-year run. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 467 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,236 × 1,304 pixels, file size: 229 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Cars can come in a large variety of different body styles. ... A notchback full-size luxury sedan. ... In automobile design layout is the place where both the engine and driven wheels are. ... Sketch of FF layout In automotive design, a FF, or Front-engine, Front-wheel drive layout places both the engine and driven wheels at the front of the vehicle. ... An automobile platform is a shared set of components common to a number of different automobiles. ... The W-body is a automobile platform from General Motors which underpins midsize cars with front wheel drive. ... The Ford Essex V6 engine V6 and V-6 redirect here. ... “Gearbox” redirects here. ... The 4T60-E (and similar 4T65-E) is a series of automatic transmissions from General Motors. ... The 4T60-E (and similar 4T65-E) is a series of automatic transmissions from General Motors. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Buick Century is a model name used by the Buick division of General Motors for a line of fullsize performance vehicles from 1936 to 1942 and 1954 to 1958; Buick also used the Century name from 1973 to 2004 for its value-added midsize cars. ... 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible The Chevrolet Impala is an automobile built for the Chevrolet division by General Motors. ... See Chevrolet Lumina (Australia) for the Australian built vehicle of the same name. ... The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was an American mid-size car. ... The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was a mid-size car produced by General Motors for the American market. ... The Oldsmobile Intrigue was a mid-size sedan manufactured from 1998 through 2002 by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors. ... The Pontiac Grand Prix is an automobile produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. ... The W-body is a automobile platform from General Motors which underpins midsize cars with front wheel drive. ... The Oldsmobile Intrigue was a mid-size sedan manufactured from 1998 through 2002 by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors. ... The Pontiac Grand Prix is an automobile produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. ... 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible The Chevrolet Impala is an automobile built for the Chevrolet division by General Motors. ... Monsoon speakers were originally manufactured by a Richmond, B.C., Canada company named Sonigistix. ...


This period held the fastest Buick since the days of the Grand National, the Buick Regal GS. This car was now supercharged instead of turbocharged and produced a very respectable 240 hp (179 kW) and 280 ft·lbf (380 N·m) of torque. It has gained a reputation amongst those who know automobiles as a 'sleeper', or a car that performs better than one would expect from its looks. When introduced in 1997, Buick advertised the Regal as the "car for the supercharged family". Buick also released two other model types, the LSE and the GSE. The LSE stayed with the 200hp engine with upgrades and the GSE stayed with the 240hp supercharged engine with upgrades. For other meanings, see supercharger (disambiguation) A supercharger (sometimes called a blower), a positive displacement or centrifugal pump, is a gas compressor used to pump air into the cylinders of an internal combustion engine. ...


Engines

  • 1997-2004 3.8 L Series II V6
  • 1997-2004 3.8 L Series II supercharged V6

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Regal LS and GS performance

The 3800 Series II L67 Supercharged engine in a 1998 GS.
The 3800 Series II L67 Supercharged engine in a 1998 GS.

The Regal LS from the factory had a 1/4 mile ET of 15.8 seconds and could do 0-60 in under 8 seconds. The supercharged Regal GS had a 1/4 mile ET of 14.7 seconds, and acceleration to 60 mph (100 km/h) from a dead stop took only 6.6 seconds. Those times, especially with the Regal GS are impressively quick. The Regal GS, equipped with the supercharged 3.8 liter V6 engine (L67) also produced 280 ft·lbf (380 N·m) of torque, giving the car the launch feel of a small block V8. The aftermarket for the L67 is massive and many Regal GS owners have their cars running in the low 12s to high 12s in the quarter-mile with relatively few and inexpensive mods. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (900x600, 223 KB) The Series II 3800 Supercharged V6 (L67) in a 1998 Buick Regal GS. Engine dress cover is removed. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (900x600, 223 KB) The Series II 3800 Supercharged V6 (L67) in a 1998 Buick Regal GS. Engine dress cover is removed. ...


2009 Reintroduction

An article on Edmund's Inside Line [1] has stated that the Regal will be reintroduced to the North American market to replace the LaCrosse. This model will be based on the new GM Epsilon platform (the W-body is scheduled to be discontinued in 2010), and will be built and sold in both North America and China. Major exterior and interior design has come from PATAC and is the design that was originally planned for a next generation LaCrosse for North America. Epsilon is General Motors new mid-size front-wheel drive automobile platform. ... The Pan-Asia Technical Automotive Center (or PATAC) is a joint venture between General Motors and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation. ...


In China

All Buick Regals were assembled at the Oshawa Car Assembly in Ontario, Canada. The Regal was the fourth model chosen to be assembled in China by GM Shanghai, beginning on December 26, 2002, after the Century, GL8 minivan, and the Sail. It has generated considerable sales in that market as a large, relatively luxurious model, despite being more expensive than the American version. It replaced the Century in Buick's Chinese lineup and has slightly different frontal sheetmetal from the American models. Engine choices are also very different: a 2.0 L four-cylinder and a 2.5 L V6 power the Chinese Regal. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 1990 Chevrolet Lumina 2002 Chevrolet Impala Is a major car manufacturing facility in the city of Oshawa Ontario Canada building various automobiles for General Motors Canada. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 107 Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... Buick GL8 The Buick GL8 is a minivan sold by General Motors Buick division in China and was released in 2000. ... It has been suggested that Mini MPV be merged into this article or section. ... The Opel Corsa is a supermini that has been produced by General Motors European subsidiary Opel since 1982. ...


The domestic car was less fortunate and was replaced in 2005 by the Buick LaCrosse, although the LaCrosse still uses the W platform. The final 2004 Buick Regal rolled off the assembly line on June 1, 2004. The Buick LaCrosse is a Buick automobile model introduced in the United States for the 2005 model year. ... is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


References

  1. ^ GNX Performance. BuickGNX.com. Retrieved on 2007-07-10.
  2. ^ Ride With Funkmaster Flex (television show).

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The Buick Regal was a mid-size automobile produced by General Motors' Buick division from 1973 through 2004, during which Buick also used the Century name on mid-size models; the two frequently shared bodies and powertrains.
Buick had been the first GM division to bring a personal luxury car to market with its full-size 1963 Riviera but was otherwise slow to react to the developing mid-size personal luxury market, which Pontiac created with the 1969 Grand Prix.
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