The old-school GM performance connoisseurs reading this article are certainly exuberant to read that General Motors has trademarked both the Grand National and GNX names as of May 30, 2012. Recalling the 1980s period of power and performance from Buick, the Regal Grand National and GNX coupes continue to be coveted models with their sinister looks and turbocharged V6 engines. Yes, people, not every GM performance car ever built uses a small block V8.
Looking at today, Buick’s performance lineup begins and ends with the Regal GS, which moves surprisingly well while maintaining the unassuming and casual looks reflective of the brand. But that was Buick’s plan all along. The GS was not meant to be some sort of visceral BMW M3 fighter, and we’re not convinced Buick will ever plan on such things going down that road. But perhaps outside the obvious reclaiming of the Grand National and GNX trademarks means another thing: the possible return of a Buick coupe.