In its list of 25 Cars Worth Waiting For during 2014-2017, Car & Driver mentions the return of two storied nameplates to the Buick brand. These names recall fantastic performance — faster than even the Corvette at that time. They are, of course, the Grand National and GNX.
GM Authority was the first to report the trademark filings where General Motors applied to renew the monikers, singling the automaker’s intent to bring the Grand National and GNX back. And from the looks of things, the new models will follow their bloodlines, with rear-wheel-drive, and a turbocharged V6 engine.
This is because General Motors has the hardware to make the cars possible. The Alpha architecture — which may not do so well as a B-segment performance platform — is a fantastic basis for anything requiring RWD, amazing balance, and relatively low weight. And while Alpha is first being used on the Cadillac ATS, it will also serve as the building block for the 2014 Cadillac CTS, and eventually the 2015/2016 sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. It will also be the Alpha platform that underpins the 2015 Buick Grand National and GNX, if Car & Driver’s predictions are accurate.
There’s also the new twin-turbo 3.6L V6 “LF3” engine that will debut in the Cadillac CTS VSport, and eventually the impending ATS-V. In the CTS VSport, the boosted six-banger is expected to push 420 horsepower to the crank, making it easy to visualize something along those lines in a sinister black Buick GNX, with turbos spooling up within a cloud of tire smoke in the middle of an empty parking lot.