• Buick Will Get New Grand National, GNX and T-Type Models

Grand National, T-Type and GNX are three special editions offered by Buick for its second-generation Regal: the Grand National arrived in 1982, the T-Type in 1983 and the GNX in 1987. All three names were dropped once the third-generation Regal debuted. All of you gearheads already knew that, right?

We’re willing to bet that you didn’t know that rumors are floating around that Buick will resuscitate all three nameplates in the upcoming years. All three models will be offered as four-door sedans and will be built on GM’s new rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform, which will be shared with the Cadillac ATS.

Just like in the past, the Grand National and the T-Type will come with the same powertrains and suspension calibrations. The only distinctive feature being the exterior color, as the T-Type will be offered in a full color palette and the Grand National only in a black, staying true to the original. Inside Line reports that the Grand National and GNX will likely be powered by GM’s new twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 engine with an output in the 350- to 400-horsepower range.

The GNX will be the most powerful version and will likely get a nice helping of LT1 V-8 muscle. We’re not too sure if GM will detune the new LT1 before installing it in the GNX, if it happens, but if not, this would put it at 450 horsepower. We wouldn’t be surprised to see it cranked down to 425 ponies – God forbid, GM step on its precious Corvette’s toes.

All three models are expected to come with six-speed manual transmissions standard with the option of a six-speed automatic.

Muscle car enthusiasts everywhere are now jumping with joy at this announcement, but keep your cool fellas, we don’t expect them to hit the Auto Show scene until sometime in 2014.

Full details on the three models will be revealed in the upcoming month, so stay tuned!


Source: InsideLine

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  (305) posted on 12.9.2012

a great american car will get what it deserves: the revival of another american legend. they just made buick greater! and i love that!

  (302) posted on 12.9.2012

that sounds so american and classy! and the cars are luxurious and elegant! that is great!

  (312) posted on 12.9.2012

you’re right about that. and the fact that not everyone has one makes it more special. saying "i drive a buick" will certainly turn some heads!

  (305) posted on 12.9.2012

i’d get a buick only because i like the name of the car! it sounds great!

  (452) posted on 12.9.2012

i think we should support out companies and buy american cars! and they are good too!

  (475) posted on 12.9.2012

john, the sad thing is that you do not get quite that much more. you pay 50% extra and do not get 50% extra more car.

  (509) posted on 12.9.2012

but hey, you get more car for the money, right?

  (542) posted on 12.9.2012

that is the catch about european cars. they are better in some aspects, but you pay more for that difference. quite a lot more!

  (422) posted on 12.9.2012

you may be right about that brad, but check the prices first smiley. the cars you mentioned are about 110.000-120.000$.

  (452) posted on 12.9.2012

the bad thing is that bmw m5’s and audi s6’s 500+ HP sound better.

  (475) posted on 12.9.2012

425-450 HP sounds great for a 4 door saloon.

  (509) posted on 12.9.2012

hey, we get the good news first, then the bad one. still, that sounds great!

  (542) posted on 12.9.2012

i was so happy when i read the title of the article! then i saw we have to wait until 2014.

  (516) posted on 12.9.2012

it ws about time they brought up those special editions!

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