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Grand National, GNX and T-Type Are Returning to Buick

Old 12-04-2012, 03:54 PM
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The real interesting part about this to me is the now extended use of the Alpha RWD platform. If this rumor is to be believed or comes true then Alpha will the real backbone of GM NA RWD. If Camaro is based on it with ATS and now a Buick variant that's clear across all GM NA's car lines.
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Then all we'd need is an Alpha based GMC El Camino... or Caballero.
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The real interesting part about this to me is the now extended use of the Alpha RWD platform. If this rumor is to be believed or comes true then Alpha will the real backbone of GM NA RWD. If Camaro is based on it with ATS and now a Buick variant that's clear across all GM NA's car lines.
That's been the focus of Alpha as long as I can remember us talking about it.
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then all we'd need is an alpha based gmc el camino... Or caballero.
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Your memories about Buick performance don't go back far enough. Read up on the Late 60's/early 70's Buick GSX- similar to the Cutlass, available with a big-block, 455 and a stick. Convertible, even. Now days a collectors dream car. Could give any Hurst Olds or GTO a run for it's money. With style and luxury. Nice to see Buick getting back to their performance roots.
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Your memories about Buick performance don't go back far enough. Read up on the Late 60's/early 70's Buick GSX- similar to the Cutlass, available with a big-block, 455 and a stick. Convertible, even. Now days a collectors dream car. Could give any Hurst Olds or GTO a run for it's money. With style and luxury. Nice to see Buick getting back to their performance roots.
I am very familiar with the GSX. It was Buick's answer to the Pontiac GTO Judge and wasn't introduced until 1970. Dad was selling Buicks back then, too (I went home from the hospital in a 1970 LeSabre coupe).

The regular Skylark based GS (Gran Sport), was introduced in 1965 as Buick's A-Body musclecar, their answer to the GTO (while Chevrolet answered with the Malibu SS and Oldsmobile with the 4-4-2).

A GS/GSX 455 Stage 1 won't just give GTOs and H/Os a run for their money, it will absolutely dominate most of them. MuscleCar Review did a series of "stock" shootouts in the mid-80s and the 455 Stage 1 Buicks were tied with 426 Hemis for the fastest musclecars.

Here's a more recent (2007) Hot Rod article that cites some of the numbers from those 80s shootouts:

Hemi vs. Buick - Who's King of the Strip? - Hot Rod Magazine
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Personally - I like the idea that Buick is getting a rear-wheel drive performance car. but I think the T-type would be the base model - like the turbo 2.0L, while the GN (Grand National) would have the V6 (likely the 3.6L), and finally the big dog would be the GNX with a Turbo V6 (about 425 hp).

As Buick is going to have be concerned about fuel economy standards.

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