2. 2015 Buick Grand National/GNX
It’s been almost three decades since Buick last had a car worth waiting for, and coincidentally, it too was named the Grand National. Nicknamed the “Corvette Killer,” the Grand National was able to get the best of the legendary two-seater, while the high-performance, turbocharged GNX model obliterated the track times of the mid-80s Corvettes. The new GNX won’t be knocking off any Corvette Z06s any time soon, but it will provide quite a bit of power and hopefully bring some swagger back to the stodgy Buick brand. Sitting on the same platform that will support the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac CTS-V, the Grand National looks to get a choice of a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine producing 272 horsepower or a 3.6-liter V-6 engine making 321 horsepower. The GNX goes for the jugular, with a 400-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6. Like the original model, the new version will be rear-wheel drive, but unlike the original, the current template is quite tame on the outside, presently sitting as a four door sedan that has quite a bit in common with the Cadillac ATS looks-wise. Time will tell if Buick decides to bring a coupe version, but even as a sedan, the all-black GNX should be just as imposing as the original, in looks and in substance.
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