Buick Grand National GNX-
This would have to be one of the baddest slabs of American muscle that ever came packaged within the format of a V-6. With the humble 1978 beginnings with a 3.8 liter turbo engine capable of 165 horsepower, The Grand National soured the ranks of ultimate respect when it introduced its 1987 limited edition GNX.
1987 was the last year of the Grand Nationals productions and
Buick decided to go out with a bang. This has been called the height ofÂ the Buick’sÂ decadeÂ of existence. The limited edition GNXÂ was fitted withÂ a Garrett turbochargerÂ and ultraÂ lightweight ceramic impeller, which allowed theÂ turbo charger to be set at 15 psi. ThisÂ transformed that originalÂ 165 horses into 275 bhp and 360 lbs torque.
The transmission of the GNX had to beÂ substantially strengthened to handle the extra power, andÂ it was given plenty of gleaming chrome accents to foster itsÂ â€œbadâ€ look. This combination continues to be potent today, and few cars today can still hold up to one of these sleek black (the GNX only came in black) beauties at a stoplight. We can only imagineÂ how a retro styled grand national GNX might look, and some of us wouldn’t mind finding out.
You hear that Buick!
The 930 was basically the race version of the infamous 911 built from 1976 to 1993. The Type 930 S Coupe basically took the stock 911 body, added flared fenders to protect the wider wheels and tires, a whale tail rear spoiler, and boostedÂ the engineÂ with the infamous (albeit ‘lag’ prone) KKK turbocharger.
Mostly intended for racing, the Porsche 930 S had a 3.3-liter six-cylinder engine with two valves per cylinder, producing 300 horsepower. The 930 could sprint from 0 to 60 in around 5 seconds, which is still respectable today. The 930 continues to beÂ quite a rare findÂ today and was not even soldÂ in the statesÂ from 1979 through 1985.
Okay, okay… before anybody says the obvious, we understand the new 911 turbo is the American version of the same thing, butÂ we still think it would be awesome ifÂ Porsche would open up a new can of 930 whoop a__, complete with a race suspension, heavily boosted turbo, wide rear tires, fenderWhat cars would you like to see brought back
flares and fully equipped to be taken out on the track right off the showroom floor!