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In 1982, the Regal Grand National debuted, which was named for the NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Series (the "Grand National" term was part of the Cup series nomenclature until 1986). Buick had won the Manufacturers Cup in 1981 and 1982, and wanted to...
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2015 Buick Grand National and GNX

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2015 Buick Grand National and GNX: Two Storied Nameplates Return

Buick wasn't always synonymous with retirement and long naps. During the dark days of the mid-1980s, Buick was GM's sunny spot for quick cars, racing prowess, and advanced technology such as in-car cell phones and touch screens. To turn fundamentally bad V-6s into viable V-8 alternatives, Buick engineers developed sequential electronic fuel injection, distributor-less ignition, and ceramic-impeller-wheel turbos.

Feeling its oats in 1984, Buick created "We Brake for Corvettes" bumper stickers celebrating an epic intramural victory: Buick's Regal Grand National could outgun Chevy's two-seater in the quarter-mile. In 1985, Indy cars powered by turbocharged Buick V-6s qualified 1-2 at the Brickyard. To seal the deal, Buick built a run of 1987-model turbocharged and intercooled GNXs; in our May 1987 issue, one proved capable of a 4.7-second 0-to-60-mph sprint and ran the quarter-mile in 13.5 seconds at 102 mph. (C/D's test results for a 1988 Corvette: zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds, the quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds at 95 mph.)

To put an end to the long, dull interlude that followed that era, Buick is resuscitating its two revered nameplates. The 2015 Grand National and GNX sedans will ride on GM's new rear-drive Alpha platform, which was introduced with the Cadillac ATS and is earmarked for the sixth-generation Camaro and the third-generation Cadillac CTS.

Like the ATS, Buick's GN will offer the choice of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four (currently rated at 272 horsepower) or a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 321 horses in the ATS. The wicked GNX, available only in the official shade of evil (black), will be powered by a twin-turbo ­3.6-liter V-6 that should be good for 400 horsepower. The transmission roster will include manuals for the turbo engines and automatics across the board. The eight-speed Hydra-Matic due in 2014 should serve nicely here.

Even without the V-8 engines that are reserved for Camaros and Cadillacs, these Buick sports sedans should be capable of serious performance. By that we mean tire smoke on demand, near-neutral throttle-down handling, and acceleration figures that raise eyebrows in Bavaria. In the likely event Buick throws all-wheel drive into the mix, its new warriors will take the fight to Audi.

Family dynasties in the GM org chart reveal why Buick's hot rods easily won approval: Lloyd Reuss was Buick's general manager in the early 1980s when the Grand National and GNX seeds were planted. His son, Mark Reuss, a teenager back when Buicks ruled, is now the current president of GM North America. That infusion of fresh Reuss blood is bound to revive the brand's performance arm.

~ Don Sherman, Car and Driver
Slammed78RS
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This Buick looks simply wicked. Very glad GM is bringing these cars back. In AWD class racing, watch out Audi and Subaru....
11/08/13 01:15PM Like 0
Grape Ape's
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Definitely looks SWEET! I think they need to get rid of the hood scoop. It seems to look out of place on this concept. Or change it to blend more with the hood / grill?
11/08/13 01:23PM Like 1
Slammed78RS
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that would work nicely. Even a scoop delete and increase the cowl induction by 1/2 inch height...can't argue though, looks mean as it sits.
11/08/13 01:34PM Like 0
MercuryDon
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Too many doors !! Otherwise a wicked looking car ! The hood scoop is fine by the way.
11/08/13 04:52PM Like 2
American Paddock
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If it continues to look like that at its debut and keeps the AWD I am all for it!!
11/08/13 09:09PM Like 0
Ned's Power Palace
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Loved my 1987 but this thing looks "BAD"..I think they should turbo charge the V-6 as they did on the original ones. Stick would be nice...
11/08/13 11:14PM Like 1
World's Smallest Worshop
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Delete center scoop, add twin NACA ducts...
11/09/13 11:59AM Like 1
Hot Rod Howies
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I own a 1987 Buick Grand National I love it. I only take it to car shows. It is all original and has only 29,000 miles on it.
11/10/13 06:00PM Like 1
Hot Rod Howies
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I don"t like $ doors.
11/10/13 06:01PM Like 0
World's Smallest Worshop
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How about shave the door handles at the back and install electric locks?
11/10/13 08:50PM Like 0
Westphotog
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GM Inside News posted a bunch of pictures of this car. The hood scoop is a photoshop addition. I like the look of it better without. http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f32/badge-eng-buick-grand-national-gs-version-added-114730/
12/13/13 11:28AM Like 0
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Glad they are bringing back rear wheel drive.
12/13/13 05:19PM Like 0
Altered States Racing
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It's about time! But it's got 2 many doors-the hood scoop is a nice touch(if functional). Let's hope it's capable of laying down rubber, & it's not a hopped-up grocery getter.
02/21/14 04:55PM Like 0
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