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.
BY Danny Korecki
September 28, 2017
*Full Article at LinkThe 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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