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Buick bringing back Grand National for 2014?

Reborn Grand National, GNX and T-Type reportedly will return to the Buick stable.

By Douglas Newcomb Nov 26, 2012 12:40PM

Buick Grand National rendering. Photo by Edmunds.com/Mark Takahashi.Back in the dark ages of mainstream muscle cars that was the mid '80s, Buick ruled the roost with the Regal Grand National, GNX and T-Type.


That’s right, kids. The same General Motors brand that’s now trying to shed its fuddy-duddy image once set the performance standard on road and track -- back when mullets were in fashion.


Now that nostalgia is helping move the metal in the form of latter-day muscle cars from the 1970s such as the Dodge Charger and Chevy Camaro, word is that Buick wants to bring back this trio of legendary nameplates from the neon 1980s.


According to Edmunds, the three vehicles would be available as sedans, riding on GM's new rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform, which was introduced as the underpinnings of the Cadillac ATS sedan. The Grand National and T-Type reportedly will get the same powertrains and suspension tunings. The T-Type will be offered in a range of colors, while the Grand National (pictured in a rendering, above) will be available in black only -- just like in the 1980s. Edmunds says the cars could be unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show.

General Motors is considering several engines for Buick's revived Grand National and T-Type. Speculation is that Buick’s current turbocharged 2.0-liter used in the Regal would be too wimpy, while the normally aspirated V6 available for the LaCrosse may be similarly underpowered. A better fit would be GM's upcoming twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6, which is expected to produce between 350 and 400 horsepower.

For the more exclusive GNX nameplate, GM's new LT1 V8 has been named as fitting the Alpha platform. Considering that a V-Series version of the Cadillac ATS is practically inevitable, a similar high-performance Buick with a slightly toned-down V8 would be a suitable powerplant for the GNX. A 6-speed manual transmission and 6-speed automatic could be available in all three sedans.


Of course, the ATS interior and exterior could be slightly restyled to make it unique to Buick, but the size of the sedan should remain unchanged. Systems such as brakes and steering are easily interchangeable with those of the ATS.


If demand for the original Buick Regal Grand National, T-Type and GNX is any indication -- pristine examples can command prices can as high as $100,000 from collectors -- the cars still have plenty of hard-core fans who may pony up to buy one. When asked for this story, Buick declined to comment on whether these storied nameplates will re-emerge. It reportedly will be at least another year before the cars are acknowledged by GM.


[Source and photo: Inside Line]

13Comments
Nov 27, 2012 7:02AM
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Keep it old school and put the upcoming TT V6 in there... although, it would be nice for GM to bring back a V8 sedan. I have a feeling that the former will prevail with manufacturers opting for higher mileage power plants.
Nov 29, 2012 7:38AM
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if that is a picture of what the car will look like, they should save their time and money.
the GTO was a bust because they gave a euro looking car a retro muscle car name and
it was a very poor fit, just like calling an ugly euro look four door sedan a Grand National.
c'mon GM, you can do a LOT better, I've seen you do it. Don't steer GM back towards the poor house and ruin it for everybody!!!!! if you are going to make a Grand National, at least make
it look like one....jeeez.

Nov 27, 2012 4:56PM
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If the new Grand National is once again going to rule the roost, it'll need a lot of torque and more than 400hp. Not saying that 400hp is by any means whimpy, but there are other vehicles available with more muscle than that.
Nov 28, 2012 12:49PM
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Make it a beast and and put a twin turbo on the V8 (550 HP and above), and blow the doors off every one, and just make them eat your dust...
Nov 27, 2012 11:26AM
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YES!!  American manufacturers are building vehicles people want around the world.  I agree put the V6 Twin turbo in the Buick Grand National!!!.  V8 engines are going by the way side and would look too old school.  V6 engines are the new V8's when you turbo/supercharge them.  This car will be a nightmare for BMW/Acura/Mercedes.
Nov 27, 2012 10:26PM
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If the GNX were to have some kind of v8  power-plant that would ruing the bringing back of the infamous black sheep as the GNX. One up the '87 GNX and put a twin turbo v6 into that and keep a single turbo v6 in the t type and GN. Simple as that. But being that GMC are a bunch of ****s like they were in '87 *cough Chevy cough*, these new grand national's, gnx's and t-types will be just a joke. I own a '87 grand national, so I'm a complete supporter of bringing back a legend. 
Dec 2, 2012 2:30AM
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They tried the Australian built GTO and G8.  While nice cars, they didn't catch on any significant way with us car people.  It takes more than brute horsepower and handling.  It takes that special look.  The Mustang, Challenger, Camaro and Corvette have it although the Corvette is in a slightly different league.  People want something that looks like a car from the '60s musclecar era, 1964-1970.  Guys are building Pro Touring cars and the factories need to cash in on that idea, the old look with today's handling and accessories.
Sep 30, 2013 9:18AM
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I'm super pumped about the Grand National come back! Buick is fast becoming the great American car manufacturer it was once, and if done right...the Grand National can be the antithesis of that! The 80's Regals, T-types, and GN's have a special place in my heart, the 86 Regal being my favorite High school car! So I ask you GM, make it tasteful, make it a TT V6, and make it above all a 2door!!!!!
Dec 2, 2012 2:30AM
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They tried the Australian built GTO and G8.  While nice cars, they didn't catch on any significant way with us car people.  It takes more than brute horsepower and handling.  It takes that special look.  The Mustang, Challenger, Camaro and Corvette have it although the Corvette is in a slightly different league.  People want something that looks like a car from the '60s musclecar era, 1964-1970.  Guys are building Pro Touring cars and the factories need to cash in on that idea, the old look with today's handling and accessories.
Oct 17, 2013 8:53PM
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You don't make a V8 GNX! It has to be V6, just raise the boost and install better intercooler on the 3.6. If the T type will be 350-400hp than with the added boost and other mods the GNX should push 450-500. Which seems only right considering the reputation the GNX has. It will be up against gt mustangs, ss cameros, and the new Taurus SHO, WHICH WAS NO problem in the 80's and so it should stay that way now! 
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