In the muscle car world, the 1987 Buick GNX will forever hold a special place in automotive history. For good reason, many car collectors are trying to get their hands on one of these high-performance driving machines.
When the 1987 Buick Regal GNX first hit the market, it instantly became a legend at racetracks around the country. Although a lot of muscle car fans were accustomed to a big-block, V-8 motor, the Regal GNX amazed everyone with its turbocharged V-6 engine. In its stock form, the engine churned out a thrilling 300 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. However, crafty car owners were able to squeeze out more power by performing the customary modifications. McLaren actually helped develop this cutting-edge engine. To keep the Turbo Hydramatic 200 4R transmission from overheating, an additional cooler was installed.
In order to keep up with the big dogs, such as the Corvette, the Regal GNX was in dire need of a few performance tweaks. Fortunately, Buick’s engineering team was able to make the necessary changes. A sturdy torque bar helped stabilize the rear end when punching the throttle. A set of wider tires also enabled the blistering-fast coupe to maintain speeds in excess of 140 mph. During the late 1980s, this was a very impressive feat. While the GNX performed well on a road course, it was more of a straight-line rocket. Remember, the GNX was built on the same platform as the regular Buick Regal.
What Made the 1987 Buick GNX so Special?
For starters, only 547 of these driving machines were ever built. While the original price was about $28,000, the price has now escalated to more than $150,000 for a pristine model. Although it was actually a sports car that the Average Joe could easily drive, professional drivers leaped at the chance to test out this Buick’s performance. Because a heavy-duty automatic transmission handled the shifting duties, drivers could simply punch the throttle and race to the finish line. They did not have to worry about shifting into the wrong gear. Owners could ride in comfort while embarrassing high-dollar European sports cars. The muscular coupe’s blacked-out appearance gave it a very intimidating presence. Like an albino cougar, the Buick GNX is rarely seen.
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