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    Here's Why Buick's Darth Vader Car Dominates

    Here's Why Buick's Darth Vader Car Dominates
    The best muscle car that America has ever made does not even have a V-8 for an engine.
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    BY Danny Korecki
    September 28, 2017



    The Grand National life started as a normal Buick Regal. Buick had won the NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Series as Manufacturer Cup winners and as Pumphrey mentions and how performance cars used to sell: "What wins on Sunday sells on Monday."

    From their success in 1982 Buick took 215 charcoal gray Buick Regal's to be fitted with the Grand National Package. The GN Package was mostly a appearance package. The cars were fitted with a 4.1 L V-6 engine good for 125 horsepower and 205 foot-pounds of torque. Of the lucky 215, there were an even luckier set of 35 cars fitted with a turbocharged 3.8 L V-6 engine good for 175 hp and 275 foot-pounds of torque.

    It was not until 1984 the Grand National appeared as it is most known for, its all-black Darth Vader paint. The turbocharged 3.8 L V-6 engine was the standard engine which included sequential fuel injection and computer controlled ignition giving the car 200 hp and 300 foot-pounds of torque.

    Hope is not lot with the Grand National ending for good. Recently GM has renewed the trademarks on "Grand National" and "GNX," only time will tell if we will see a performance car to fill the void of the Chevrolet SS leaving us.
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    Buick Grand National - Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed


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    Re: Here's Why Buick's Darth Vader Car Dominates

    Cool video.....loved the Grand Nationals!

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    Re: Here's Why Buick's Darth Vader Car Dominates

    The Grand National life started as a normal Buick Regal. Buick had won the NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Series as Manufacturer Cup winners and as Pumphrey mentions and how performance cars used to sell: "What wins on Sunday sells on Monday."
    I always loved the Grand National, especially the GNX. Great looking all in black, no extraneous, useless add-ons like fake brake cooling, body cladding, etc.. Just a purpose built machine.

    I don't think that adage I quoted above holds true anymore. I'm not a racing fan, so maybe I'm just out of touch, but what is raced has so little in common with cars available to the consumer that I think racing has little impact on sales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    I always loved the Grand National, especially the GNX. Great looking all in black, no extraneous, useless add-ons like fake brake cooling, body cladding, etc.. Just a purpose built machine.

    I don't think that adage I quoted above holds true anymore. I'm not a racing fan, so maybe I'm just out of touch, but what is raced has so little in common with cars available to the consumer that I think racing has little impact on sales.
    Racing fans definitely are brand loyal so I think the adage still holds true. Racing fans love the power and excitement of a race/performance car, and its an emotional purchase/attachment, much more so than the customer who buys a car simply as an appliance for getting them from point a to point b.

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    Re: Here's Why Buick's Darth Vader Car Dominates

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    I always loved the Grand National, especially the GNX. Great looking all in black, no extraneous, useless add-ons like fake brake cooling, body cladding, etc.. Just a purpose built machine.

    I don't think that adage I quoted above holds true anymore. I'm not a racing fan, so maybe I'm just out of touch, but what is raced has so little in common with cars available to the consumer that I think racing has little impact on sales.
    I agree the race on sunday sell on monday IS dead BUT racing and winning is still important for the BRAND and the building of "enemies" in the competitors brands IE FORD VS CHEVY VS TOYOTA

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    Re: Here's Why Buick's Darth Vader Car Dominates

    This video reminds me of this car. Back in the late 80's a good friend of mine had a GN and sometimes we'd go cruising in it. That thing was Bad Ass too.

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    Re: Here's Why Buick's Darth Vader Car Dominates

    The Buick GNX ran the quarter mile quicker than a Ferrari F40
    It wasn't until 1987 when Buick threw a going-away party for the Grand National after it announced it would be the final model year. So, Buick sent 547 Grand National to McLaren—yes, that McLaren—for more upgrades. McLaren fitted bigger turbos, a new ECU, better suspension components, and more. All of these improvements made for 276 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque. Official track testing saw the car sprint down the quarter mile in 12.7 seconds at 113 mph. What's that quicker than? A Ferrari F40. By 0.3 seconds.

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    Rated at 276 HP, the GNXs were all dyno-run @ McLaren, and averaged 345 HP. Some tested as high as 370.
    Wikipedia states an erroneous '300 HP'.

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    Re: Here's Why Buick's Darth Vader Car Dominates

    Great car, also one that has been on my search radar for some time. One of these days.... hopefullly

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    My father had an 87 T-Type while I was growing up (basically a sleeper GN), always loved that car!
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    Re: Here's Why Buick's Darth Vader Car Dominates

    Saddens me that the GNX's relative rarity means that one may never grace my garage!
    I want a car so violent that the mere thought of full throttle would cause a heart attack. That actually going wide open throttle in would result in nothing less than instant death!
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    ^ It may; tho rare, they must have an amazing survival rate.

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