Report: Buick to revive Grand National and GNX by 2015, to be based off of Cadillac ATS’s RWD platform
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WorldCarFans reports that Buick may have some more decency up its sleeve as word is that the performance-oriented Grand National and GNX models will be making a comeback.

Buick fans have long suffered from the lack of any sort of truly serious performance considerations after the brand surrendered their muscle car macho to slush-mobile galore when the original Grand National and GNX were axed in 1987.

Buick has reattempted to reinvigorate some of their performance roots with the recent Regal GS, which is by all means a very pleasant thing to drive. But with its European roots (the Opel Insignia) and its turbocharged Ecotec four-banger, the Regal GS is far from a spiritual successor to your old man’s Gran Sport from the 1970s and above all, the original Regal based Grand National and GNX.

The report states that these Grand National and GNX models will be ready as early as 2015 and will use the Cadillac ATS’s Alpha rear-wheel drive platform. And that’s a great start already as the Regal GS is a well-toned front-wheel drive sedan and the ATS has been applauded for its excellent handling.

Additionally, the ATS’s powerplants are also expected to carry over, including the base ATS’s 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder good for 272hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, which will be the basis for the Grand National. The 3.6L V6 will be destined for a faster Grand National upgrade, worthy of 321hp and 274 lb-ft of torque. The balls-out GNX model will reportedly receive a twin-turbo 3.6L V6 good for 400hp and will be decked out in all black, much like the last GNX ever made.

But with that all said, what remains to be determined is what it will look like and most of all, will it be a two-door or a four door. Will the new Grand National and GNX go the way of the Dodge Charger and grow a set of doors for its revival? Or will it be spawned the much-anticipated Cadillac ATS Coupe’s two-door setup and return as a coupe, the way it should be?

Much to be pondered about. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: WorldCarFans

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  • cad4life

    free advice GM, don’t make it the same size as the Cadilla ATS, it should be between the ATS & CTS, basically splitting the difference of the 2 cars, or better the new Camaro size, since its small than the new CTS coupe but bigger than the ATS coupe, just like bmw is doing with the 3 series sedan, bigger 3 series 3 gt, 5 series, see no overlap

  • Jim Preston

    GN should be twin turbo and GNX a big power V8. Both should be black. Bring back the T-Type for other colors.

  • rick

    they should design as such with a retro 80s look,give it a new body and start low number production units.. and go from there..

  • cody

    Most of the stuff I’ve read says they’ll probably put the LS1 V8 in the GNX. Would make a lot more sense then just the same engine as the Grand National just a little more horse.

  • well since I owned a 87 grandnational the new one only needs 2 doors. I’m in line for a new gnx

  • austi15

    They won’t, but the new LT1 destroked a bit with a turbo and AWD on the GNX version would be ridiculous. 3400 pound AWD 5-600hp turbo’ed superbuick. Still different enough from the ‘vette GM brass won’t get their panties in a bunch but a better alternative to the SHO/Hemis for the people who can’t just buy a GTR already.

  • Shane

    Please don’t screw this up! If its not a 2 door the DO NOT use the GN/GNX names.

  • Airtraffic1

    I hv had Buick Gs white tricot, with 20″Perelli tires ; Very impressed in all areas, handling corners a dream , responsive take off( with 295 torque leaving those A-6, Mercedes C class, accuras, n even base Cadilacs too eat my exhaust; hope Buick Increases Horse power too 400 keeping weight car down. Buying next Gs ; NOT GRANDPAS

  • Airtraffic1

    Made mistake in saying increase HP too only 400……. Lets show the world with an American

  • Airtraffic1

    500+ up :time too put real Muscle in Next

  • Anonymous

    3.6???? No no no no NO!! They need to put the 3.8 in there like it had before.

  • Grand

    The turbo v6 is what made the car a legend. keep it that way. No v8!

  • grand

    That 3.8 v6 turbo is what made the car famous.

  • OldCarFreak

    Oh god I’m not looking forward too this. But too actually bring it back after 27 years and ruin the design and legend. I am disgusted with GM or any car company anymore. Wtf are they going to do next….. Remake the Chevy Belair? Why don’t you just leave the old name plates alone and make new ones? Is it that so fucking hard too do that you can’t think of fresher ideas…

  • Guest

    Can I buy your 87 than lol? If you buy the new I’ll be glad to take the old one off your hands lol.

  • OldCarFreak

    I was about too say if you owned the 87 I was going to buy it from you lol. Why don’t you still have it?

  • Austin

    if it has as much or more hp and torque, and 2 doors, im in….. go 4 it Buick! The GN/GNX needs reviving, please dont make it worse but better than the older models!!!!!