The Buick GNX 0-60 was one of the models the company released for the 1987 Grand National. For the 1987 model year, there were two Grand Nationals to hit the streets: the base model and the outrageous GNX model. What happened with Buick during that era was far cry from what the company faces today. As Buick still struggles to compete with the likes of Acura and Lexus, Buick was one logo muscle-car enthusiasts used to dream of driving, especially when it comes to Buick Grand National.
In today’s standards, the Buick Grand National is probably comparable with the 2013 Shelby GT500 as both cars are being a supercar for a working man. With a turbo V6 under the hood, the car gained quicker accelerations. Apart from that, there was also the standard black paint job to make the design of the car seem more intimidating. During its heyday, Buick Grand National was perceived as one of firm muscle cars, peaking in an era where performance was addendum.
However, Buick Grand National was peaked when aesthetic didn’t become a priority in designing a car. Therefore, we could not say anything charming about the interior and exterior. In short, Grand National was just like any GM car rolling out during the late 1980s. Even though it did have distinctive elements such as the Buick’s “Power 6” badges in the wheel centers and fenders, and Buick grille, it looked like any run-of-the-mill 1980s slush box. The exterior, though, was finished in jet black for each cranny and nook; hence its “Darth Buck” nickname was originated.
The interior might be an eyesore if we used today’s standards. Even so, the upright binnacles and right angles that were covered in a leather-print vinyl used to be a hit among the motorheads during the 1980s. Apart from that, remember that Buick Grand National was marketed as a supercar for a working man. Such a treatment was viewed necessary to emphasize the word “working”.
Even so, the bland styling was easily forgotten once the drivers felt the war power the car oozed. Under the hood, the Grand National GNX was equipped with a V6 pumping out the massive 276 horsepower and torque of 360 pound-feet, more powerful than the base Grand National which powertrain topped at 245 horsepower and 355 lb.-ft. of torque. The Buick GNX 0-60 netted at 4.7 seconds and a quarter mile time of 13.5 seconds.