Just over a year ago, we received word that Buick was designing a performance coupe that was assumed to be a new Grand National, or a GNX performance vehicle that would appease the enthusiasts. And during a Buick event, the night before the 2016 North American North American International Auto Show, we almost got it.
Rear wheel drive? Check. Allegedly, Alpha platform.
Twin turbo V6? Check. A supposed 3.0L twin turbo V6, at that.
Looks like it was built with hammers? Wait.
Wait, wait, wait, wait… we get it now.
So, there will not ever again be a Buick Regal Grand National or a GNX. But apparently that wasn’t to say there wouldn’t be a RWD, twin-turbo performance coupe. And there’s a good reason for that. Because after enough close-up observation, and enough scrutiny, there is no way that the Buick Avista Concept could pass as some sort of Grand National without upsetting the idea of what a Grand National or a GNX is or has been.
Look, the Grand National/GNX was an alpha lion in its time. But that time is over. And that time for Buick is over. Buick is now a global brand and it needs a global performance car. Not an American muscle car. Just look at the Avista Concept. It doesn’t echo the GN or GNX in any way. The Buick Avista Concept far more elegant, far more of a statement, and far more sophisticated. Yet, it echoes the GN and GNX beneath the sheetmetal. It’s still a twin turbo RWD coupe, from Buick.
So, everyone, your new Buick Grand National. Just don’t call it one.