Pretty abundant every enthusiast knows about the fable of the 1987 Buick GNX. It took the Grand National belvedere to addition akin and is now one of the best approved Buicks amid collectors. However, few are acquainted of McLaren’s tie to the car or absolutely how it differs from the Grand National. Learn a little added about the GNX and watch a MotorWeek analysis from aback the car was new.
If you attending at a GNX, the exoteric is about absolutely identical to a Grand National, added than the advanced fender ports. Aback it comes to the interior, it’s appealing abundant the aforementioned was what you get in a Grand National. The audacious aberration is the gauges abounding complained about in the GN were swapped for analog units from Stewart-Warner for the GNX.
But, aback it comes to mechanicals, there’s a huge aberration amid the two. Bolted up to the 3.8-liter V6 is a beyond turbocharger with a adapted intercooler. Ported and able butt active booty advantage of the added affected induction. To aerate that ability boost, Buick installed a new computer dent and higher-flow exhaust. This resulted in a factory-rated 300-horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. This was a big accord for 1987 and MotorWeek shows its activity in the review.
That appropriate powertrain was adapted for Buick by ASC/McLaren, so it absolutely is special. The acumen Buick went absolute for the GNW was that it apparent the end of the alley for the Regal, so the cast capital it to go out with a big bang.
GM marketed this aura car aggressively, activity so far in one ad to say it was “B-B-Bad to the Bone.” Instead of a lot of advertising for annihilation special, what Buick was affairs is alike today advised one of the best adorable Buicks anytime made.
As MotorWeek notes, the 1987 Buick GNX was big-ticket for its time with MSRP of $29,290. That sounds like not a lot for our time, abnormally aback you see the baby affluence these cars advertise for today. Since alone 500 were made, GNXs aren’t absolutely sitting about all over America.
Even admitting the GNX nameplate has never alternate to the Buick lineup, admitting rumors in contempo years that it was advancing back, this archetypal has had a abiding aftereffect on the beef car scene. It emerged at a time aback abounding were declaring American achievement was dead, proving them amiss and allowance to ammunition a improvement of beef in the USA.
See our absolute agent overview for the 1987 Buick GNX including assembly numbers, achievement specs, branch colors, and OEM brochures. Also, analysis out added archetypal years or appearance added Makes and Models in our Research center.
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