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Manual Transmission for 2011 2.0 Turbo Regal


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this car just moved WAAYYYYYYY up on the charts. 4 cyl turbo 6 man? puhlease???????

Kind of shocking to think of a NA GM sedan w/ such a drivetrain... but who knows? Sounds like Buick has a lot of interesting variations coming..

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2011 Buick Regal live unveiling - Click above for high-res image gallery

Trivia Time: When was the last time a U.S. market Buick was available with a manual transmission? Honestly, we can't recall anything more recent than a buddy in high school having a hand-me-down mid-Eighties Somerset coupe with a stubby, workmanlike five-speed. Even back then its presence in our friend's hooptie was a genuine curiosity and a source of perpetual amusement.

Naturally, we posed this same question to a few Buick PR-types this morning at a first drive event upon learning from vehicle line executive Jim Federico that the reborn 2011 Regal will receive a six-speed manual transmission option (mated to a blown 2.0-liter four, no less). The answer? Shoulder shrugs and sheepish looks. Curiously, nobody even tried to answer our query with a red herring like the ill-fated Reatta coupe (it only came with a four-speed automatic).

So we now know when a Buick will next feature God's Own Gearbox (probably in the third quarter of 2010), but we still can't crack this historical chestnut - so we beseech thee, Autoblog Nation... what year was the last Buick built with a DIY transmission - and what car was it in? Hit us with your best shot in Comments.



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BREAKING: Buick confirms 2011 Regal 2.0T to come with manual transmission. Wait... wha? originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 19 Nov 2009 16:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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I think many who like to shif for them selves will learn to like the new GM models shared with Europe and China. By selling them in markets that the manual sell well in make it affordable to sell here. This is not the last Man we will see.

The Six Speed should do real well in this car. The 4 speed auto and 5 speed were good but the six should work so much better. The torque curve on the turbo engine is flat and starts at a very low RPM. There is little to no tubo lag so it should be a blast to drive.

It would nice if the AWD option was also available on a cheaper 2.0 Turbo and not just on the V6 Turbo.

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I think many who like to shif for them selves will learn to like the new GM models shared with Europe and China. By selling them in markets that the manual sell well in make it affordable to sell here. This is not the last Man we will see.

The Six Speed should do real well in this car. The 4 speed auto and 5 speed were good but the six should work so much better. The torque curve on the turbo engine is flat and starts at a very low RPM. There is little to no tubo lag so it should be a blast to drive.

It would nice if the AWD option was also available on a cheaper 2.0 Turbo and not just on the V6 Turbo.

What is this V6 Turbo of which you speak? Did I miss something among the myriad of Regal posts?

... annnnnnnnnnnnd I'm slow. I knew about that one. :fryingpan:

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I think many who like to shif for them selves will learn to like the new GM models shared with Europe and China. By selling them in markets that the manual sell well in make it affordable to sell here. This is not the last Man we will see.

The Six Speed should do real well in this car. The 4 speed auto and 5 speed were good but the six should work so much better. The torque curve on the turbo engine is flat and starts at a very low RPM. There is little to no tubo lag so it should be a blast to drive.

It would nice if the AWD option was also available on a cheaper 2.0 Turbo and not just on the V6 Turbo.

i was upset there was never a turbo astra here in NA. seems like i dont need to get upset about a turbo 6 speed imported from europe gm car being available to me anymore. hopefully it will have a stage kit as well, like the cobalt and hhr

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  • 2 weeks later...

A stick in a Buick! No need to buy an unreliable Audi A-4 or VW Jetta

http://jalopnik.com/5408535/breaking-buick-regal-getting-a-manual-transmission

The Jetta and A4 are much better now than they were 5 years ago.

Still glad to see this in the Regal, though.

Chris

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