These Are The Coolest Features Of The 1987 Buick GNX – HotCars

This ride definitely wasn’t what you’d, but that’s what made the GNX the GNX.
The Buick GNX is the apogee of 1987 as to how power must be amalgamated with the spine-chilling class.
One glance is all it takes to be blown away by this ride; this beast is mesmerizing.
Although back in the '80s high-performance cars weren't popularly accepted as road-going vehicles, manufacturers like Buick had tricks up their sleeves to attract the right audience. Back in the day, despite competition forcing cars to promise high tech and improved performance, many cars clearly lacked either durability, speed, or high-speed traction; some mid-rangers lacked all.
Engine cooling, which drastically changed performance, was one thing producers weren't able to incorporate efficiently. To add to this list, even adaptive emission-tuned carburetors were largely ignored. But our protagonist isn't some car born out of the remains left over by its predecessor. Buick was quick and sly. They adapted to the time and struck great results by consistently refining their hardware.
Considering the early decade of the revolution of automobiles, the initial acceleration was a commendable feat it pulled off. You wouldn't believe it if we stated the GNX was one of the earliest cars to blast from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.
Resuscitating the early '60s turbo V6 with 3800cc, this rear-wheel-driven motor car was one of the mechanics’ most terrifying creations ever made. It blazed streets with a top speed of 137 mph. With maximum power of 276 hp, some third-party testers claim it to be north of 300 hp easily. Maybe it was marketed to embed lesser fear and terror among those who demanded a safe coupe for their loved ones. It produced a massive maximum torque of 360 lb-ft.
The GNX notably resembled one of the cars manufactured under the Grand National, namely the Grand National Regal. Yet, the cars were of no match performance-wise. Conspicuously, the GNX overwhelmed its previous generation in every possible way.
The GNX was an experimental project. The X represents the experimental, not extreme. It definitely wasn't what you'd, but that's what made the GNX the GNX.
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Around the time when muscle cars and V8s became a big deal and the perfect combo, the international emission regulations said otherwise. V8s were no longer an option for muscle, and vehicles had to adapt accordingly.
The GNX was sure to stick by rules and played it safe with a smaller V6 engine. To reach solid speeds, they decided to add a Garrett T-3 turbocharger to the GNX. Although a V8 didn’t power the car, it had much better output statistics than other competitors like a Mustang.
The Maximum boost was set to 15 psi, they installed a special dynamic turbine shaft seal to reduce the drag on the shaft, and the car featured a TH200-4R transmission.
For the car enthusiasts who demand to know what was new in the 1987 GNX, here's what you came for:
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With time passing, the Buick soon fell out of trend and needed more remodeling to stay in vogue. They reeled in McLaren and ASC too; their combined efforts resulted in this awesome ride.
The revised engine controls, additional turbocharger, and a low-restriction exhaust were all ideas of McLaren. With the significant boost in the engine's power output, McLaren didn't forget to match the body’s exterior requirements.
To be honest, this antique isn't only awesome because of its unique looks and reliable engine performance. If you could correctly guess how many GNX came out, you'd be completely shocked and yet be happy on realizing the valid reason for claiming this is a genuine antique.
There were only 547 GNXs that rolled out of production. The car was a tribute to all its loyal fanbase and the previous vehicles it manufactured. Sadly the GNX was the legacy's climax, and Buick justified its ends poetically.
As the curtains fell, each 1987 Buick GNX came with a special jacket for its fans. Made by a Californian race-gear maker, the jacket embroidered the GNX logo in panache on the front and the back. Some crazy loyal GNX fans buy the jacket for a hefty $4,000.
The car came for a base price of $29,000, but a fresh model sells today for around $100,000.
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Anirudha Mane is a reader and writer based in Mumbai, India. He is an engineer who is following his passion for writing. Anirudha is an aspiring traveller and an enthusiast by choice. He is always passionate about learning new things in life. Anirudha has written articles for many companies for more than a year and now he is working as a feature writer for Valnet Inc, writing for Hot cars. Apart from content writing he also writes short stories, stage plays and screenplays.