One of my favorite cars ever... Had a 84 then a 86. Had a lot of fun with both, but the intercooled car on a cold night say 25 degrees racing gas and 18 or 20 pounds of boost....WOW it would really scream and spin the tires for 8 feet when it shifted into second...
I think its ironic, a 2012 V-6 Camaro would smoke a Buick Grand National.....
a true gem in the mediocre 80s lineup - amazing a car like this even existed. proof positive there were still some gearheads left in Detriot in those very gray times.
Here's the response to that.
In 1965 would anyone suggest comparing a 1940 car to a current one? A fast 1940 car like a Buick Century might do 0-60 in 14 seconds. A fast 1965 car would do it in half that time. Even that a 25 year old car (and this is *literally* a 25 year old car -not comparing 25 year old road tests of it when it was new - in that case Car and Driver's first test of the intercooled T type was far quicker than this and 0-60 was, IIRC, something like 4.9 secs) is within a second of the e.t. of a current performance car speaks to how advanced it was.
Next time they should conduct the test in 20 degree F. weather ;-)
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Thats right C/D did get 4.9 out of the GN. Forgot about that....
Very Nice. One of my favorite cars
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Was it Motor Trend that found a stock Grand National would smoke a new Regal Turbo?
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Enough Said...it's still a bitchin' car.
This must be the world's slowest GN..........maybe it's because this one has T-Tops ??? I've owned or driven many of these and on a typical Miami day it was a 0-60 at 5.0 sec car....... Much faster on a cool evening.
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