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So, you call yourself a car guy. Fair enough, you’ve browsed on over to AutoGuide so you must have at least a little petroleum in your veins. But are you a true automobile enthusiast? Do you know your accelerator pump from your synchronizer? Here are 10 vehicles every car guy needs to know about.
Street Legal Performance (SLP), the boys known for beefing up muscle cars, are hatching a plan to bring the Grand National nameplate back to Buick.
SLP recently acquired the rights to “GNX”, a Buick name that carries with it quite a bit of power. SLP plans to use it on a sports performance tuned Regal GS. While the Regal GS did provide a decent amount of torque and performance, most would agree that it would benefit from more brawn, and meaner styling. The early sketch (shown above) from SLP of the GNX concept looks like what Buick should have done with the Regal GS in the first place.
The concept is said to top 300 horsepower, giving hope that it will live up to the GNX nameplate. With only 500 being produced, this will be a rare and powerful sight.
One thing is certain, reviving the GNX evokes powerful memories. The car became a performance icon in the mid ’80s when Buick made the car into a performance legend. In 1982 the Grand National came with a 4.1-liter V6 making 125 horsepower. It evolved by 1987 into a V8 killer with a 3.8-liter turbocharged V6 making 276 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque.
It wasn’t long before gearheads realized their dollars were better spent on the GNX than a Corvette, which only made 240 hp at the time with a 350 cubic-inch V8.
History aside, SLP had better pay proper tribute to this piece of American car lore, lest the fans feel sorely disappointed.
[Source: Inside Line]
Buick hasn’t had a truly hot car since the GNX of 1987, but things are set to change if The Detroit Free Press’ sources are correct. The newspaper reports that the Regal GS, a high performance version of Buick’s new Regal sports sedan, has been approved for production.
The concept Regal GS (we use the term “concept” loosely) follows in the footsteps of the GNX by using a turbo powerplant, but the similarities end there. The GNX had a twin turbo V6, automatic transmission and rear wheel drive with a crude rear suspension setup. The GS on the other hand, uses an ultra-high-tech turbo four-banger, putting out 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, through a six speed manual gearbox and an all-wheel drive system.
The Free Press reports that the tight Recaro bucket seats seen on the concept may not make it to production, and for once, the less sporty option might be the smart one. Buick’s average buyer is 65 years old, and it’s hard to imagine someone that qualifies for senior citizen discounts wanting to hoist themselves in an out of those seats multiple times per day.
Gallery: Buick Regal GS