– It’s fast, it’s black and just like my dad it only

stuck around for three years. It’s one of my favorite cars,

it’s the Buick Grand National. (engine racing) For years Buick has kind of been the General Motors family’s

weird uncle or cousin. In fact, today’s Buick

entire marketing strategy is based on people not even knowing what a Buick looks like. – That’s not a Buick. – That’s what I told him. – There is one fabled

Buick that broke the mold. It redefined the muscle car, and proved to America that there is a replacement for displacement. It started as a publicity

stunt in branding only, then became a legitimate

history-making collectors car. It was made in limited quantities, has a ravenous fan base and for a brief window in the 80s… – [Narrator] The race went off the line and beat a Corvette. – And my favorite part, you

can get it any color you want, as long it’s black. – Make it black. – This is everything you need to know to get up to speed on

the Buick Grand National. (video game music) Historically, when

thinking about performance American’s prioritize muscle. On the outside you could have a (Southern accent) sweet ‘Stang dude. But if she only had a V6, you’d have nightmares about

people popping the hood. – I don’t know what’s underneath the hood, and I don’t give a shit. I’m insatiable. – In the early 80s, Buick

was shamelessly rolling out underpowered V6 street cars, which is really weird

because in 1981 and 1982 they won the NASCAR Grand

National series back to back. Knowing that what wins on

Sunday, sells on Monday, Buick tried a quick

rebranding of their Regal, and they sent 215 charcoal gray units to Cars and Concepts

of Brighton, Michigan. There they retrofitted the Regals with the Grand National package. It was a rush job. It’s like they woke up, checked

their calendar and said, special car project due today? Oh crap, I need to read the book. The guys at C and C did their best. They added light silver fire

mist paint to each side, red pin stripes and

billboard shadow lettering proclaiming Buick. All the trim was blacked

out with black vinyl tape, and a front air dam and

rear spoiler were installed. True to Buick form this 82 Grand National came with a naturally aspirated V6 engine that made a whopping 125 horsepower. Yahu! Yes, 1982 Buick fans they did make 35 of these with a

turbo-charged 3.8 liter V6, that bumped it up to a 175 horsepower. As much as a 90s GTI, but the car weighed in at 3,500 pounds. But we said everything

you need to know so, I told you about it. – Gee, that’s nice thanks. – The Grand National treated

1983 like the off-season. Buick gave it a break so

it could return faster, stronger and with a

clearly defined mission. In 1984, things started to get exciting. The Grand National came

charging back with new uniform, all black like the Raiders baby, and a new powerhouse. The turbo-charged 3.8

liter became standard and was refined with

sequential fuel injection and distributor-less

computer controlled ignition. To make room for this new technology, hoods on the Grand National were defined by the iconic power

bulge, or me in a Speedo. (laughs) I swear I didn’t make that up, it’s actually called a power

bulge, it’s in the brochure. And this technology

squeezed 200 horsepower out of a little V6. Big deal James, you cry,

my 2010 Honda is a V6 and it makes 200 horsepower all day. Friends, you gotta remember, that the Grand National

was doing this at a time when new emissions regulations were handcuffing manufacturers

and choking horsepower. The Grand National made

200 horsepower with a V6, when the same year Corvette

only made five horsepower more. On the track, a Buick was

making the quarter mile in 15.9 seconds, just short

of the Corvette’s 15.2. Two thousand Grand

Nationals were made in 1984 and they sold out quick. Buick started to realize

that people actually liked badass cars, weird. In 1985, the Grand National

changed little under the hood. Outside they ditched the

chrome because badass. Again, compared to its

contemporaries it was holding its own and the boys at Buick could

let the previous year’s performance and its sick black paint job buy them some time while they figured out the next step for their new poster child. By the next year, Buick

had it almost perfected. The 86 Grand National’s

engine now produced 235 horsepower and 330

pound feet of torque. But how? Technology my man. The new Grand Nationals were outfitted with air to air intercoolers

and a more refined sequential port fuel injection system. This Buick was now making the quarter mile in under 14 seconds, and rocketing from zero to 60 in under five. A Buick was now the fastest

American production car. It was dominating the 86

Corvette, Camaro, Mustang, Firebird, and it was

doing it with a V6 engine. Buick announced that 1987

would be the final year of production for their

badass Darth Vader vehicles. And as a send off, GM created

the least appreciated, greatest car of all time, the 1987 Buick Grand

National Experimental. 547 of these Grand National’s were chosen to become monsters. Buick send 547 Grand Nationals with a special GNX interior

trim package to McLaren. Yeah, dude that McLaren. Where they would become the Grand National to end all Grand Nationals. At McLaren, they were

fitted with bigger turbos, bigger intercoolers, a new ECU, better suspension

components, bigger exhaust. It was louder, faster and

100 times more badass. They took a really cool

car, they handed it over to Bruce McLaren, and he

made it even (bleep) better! – Jesus Christ. – The only thing that they

did to it that was kinda lame, was they kept it from doing wheelies. They had to keep it from doing wheelies! On paper, Buick alleged

that the GNX would produce 276 horsepower and a very substantial 360 pound feet of torque,

but as the car started track testing, the GNX

finished the quarter mile in 12.7 seconds at 113.1 miles on hour. That is .3 seconds faster

then the Ferrari F40. Almost a second faster then a Porsche 930, and it went from zero

to 60 in 4.6 seconds. The only car that was faster then it was the Lamborghini Countach. In the (bleep) world. Pretty much everyone agrees

that Buick kept this a secret because it would have tarnished the image of GM darling, the Corvette. That’s (bleep) so sweet. I mean not only is this guy

like the most powerful guy in the universe, he’s humble too and he cares about his

friend the Corvette. Darth Vader doesn’t brag, he just does this with his hand, and

then you start choking. (dramatic music) I think I like the GNX even more now. Not only is it super powerful, but it cares about his friends. Just like Michael Clarke

Duncan in “Green Mile.” I’ll leave you with this, you may have noticed that

we’re in something of a last hurrah of American muscle right now. Mustangs, Hellcats, Lemans, Camaros, one upping each other year after year. We haven’t heard anything from Buick. Well here’s a bit of excitement for the rabid fans of the Grand National, less then three years ago

GM renewed the trademarks on the names, Grand National and GNX. Is the Grand National coming back? I don’t know. – You sandbagging son of a bitch. – But I honestly don’t think it needs too. After years of getting

shit on as a third-tier quality family car, Buick

quietly and triumphantly drove the GNX to the pinnacle

of untouchable performance and ruthless bravado only to

clap their hands together, wave goodbye and retire the champion. Let the kids fight over scraps. The GNX means Buick has

nothing left to proof. That’s everything you need to know to get up to speed on

the Buick Grand National. Please subscribe and comment below. What do you think the

most underrated car is? What did we miss in this? What other cars do you

want to see us cover? What kind of Buick did your Grandma drive? Yeah.

## 100 comments on “Buick Grand National – Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed”

My nana drives an 87 gnx

Chevy Monte Carlo – Everything You Need to Know!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Grand National looks like that green antagonist car from Disney's Cars.

You should do a video on the Hyundai Tiburon

This is my favorite car. How am I just now seein this video?! Damn, the end though. Got me all emotional

psssh. no Up to speed Monte Carlo. sacrelig my dooders. smh . bout to unsub JUSTPLAYING. but foreal tho get me some MC love out here aint no one got time for this GN sheeeet mane

Like if donut should redo all the early up to speed videos that don’t have the same energy as the new ones

And I know where there are at least 50 of them on the same lot of land including the lowest mile one and the one mad for McLarens CEO of the time that had a sunroof installed.

What about the Monte Carlo ss

I always thought the buick grand national was similar to the chevy monte carlo

If my Camaro didn't exist, the GNX would probably be my favorite car ever

Am I the only one that thinks the chevy monte carlo and the grand national look similar

I was lucky enough to have an 85 hot air T-Type when I 19 yrs old in 1989, when I see a G body Regal I don't think about a Grand National and I'm a big fan of all G body topics and builds, cars shinny black look amazing, but Buicks GN with that grill, headlights with blacked out shroud, turn indicators, taillights on that color on that car is spontaneous magic that will never happen again, the car has no bad angle or profile, just pure uncut beauty

Should do a video on the oldsmobile cutlass 442

Hey donut I have a grand national

Wait… what if the reason why the Camaro is being killed off in a few years time is so a new Grand National can replace it?

Bro… Love all your contents… And love the way u host.. I would love to see a video about the Indian ambassador… If possible… Keep on making such videos…

Buick GSX should be next in my opinion.

I bought my GN new in 87 for 18,500$ which was a lot of money back then. Bone stock it ran 14.40 Qt. Mile by the end of 95 I got the car down to 10.10 at 136.

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You can get a regal in 78 with a turbo but it was nothin like the gn

Son was driving it on nfs payback and I needed to check it out. No +200hp regals around here.

1992 Pontiac boneville ssei supercharged

Can you please do one on the monte carlo?

I had one and killed it.. I was a 23 year old idiot.

Buick will always be fast in my Heart. The original Hellcat baby 55mph none faster.

“Jesus Christ “

Where's the enthusiasm?

We need a Plymouth duster video!!!!!

Guys with small egos drive flashy cars and jacked up trucks. I drive a stock S10 Blazer. Never had any complaints. A few compliments though. Actually got a nickname the other day from a chick. She called me "shooter" because I got it on face from across the room. #camouflagepimp

If you think about it, the grand national is just a monte carlo with some balls

Ft lbs. Not. lb ft.

guess what car i’m in now

How about the '70 GS Stage 1??

You seem sick man. Not as much fire from you on this video. But yes I would agree the Grand Nationals were the [email protected]

New to ur channel…….. thinking I'm gonna stick around…….thanks…… keep doing what you do…….. stay safe……..PEACE

The most underrated car……. fiat bravo 1.4 t-jet. Comfortable, surprisingly light, loads of gadgets, and fast.

Need an episode for the Riviera & Wild Cat

Not only did this guy rip off a huge chunk of the Classic Car and Driver review of this car, he also inaccurately said ASC/McLaren was the actual McLaren Automotive. The body of the GNX was upgraded by ASC/McLaren and had nothing to do with the super cars… this video sucks.

Someone in aurora Indiana has one for sale. I see it on my way to work every Monday.

The video was THE SHIIIIT!!!!!!!!!

My uncle jack had 68 225. Money green with heavy gold flakes and the matching gold top on 15in 30s&royal seals

You sound depressed in this one

My dad had a 70 gsx when I was a kid, alot of people forget that buick did almost the same exact thing in the early 70s with the gs and gsx

Hey man, great channel you've got. Good car stuff and a keerap-load of laughs. Have you ever done anything on the '67 Z/28 Camaro? My chum had one back in the day and it was 'Hell on wheels'. Small high-end power band that would nearly take your head off and that was stock. Anyway thanks for the info and entertainment. Garth.

Wheres the ford ranchero or torino video? Lets yee to the haw pls

cover the gtp gxp and early 00s supercharged prand prixs

Most stock gns I have saw run low to mid 13's and a stock GNX way faster

James. You're more calm in this episode

Mo powa baby

Mo powa baby

Aw less powa baby

Less powa baby, my bad this time – GM

man….watching these videos now, they are extremely tame compared to your new videos! I love your new videos….much more personality in them! I'd love to see this Grand National video redone in your new style of presenting.

What a car, can we get some here for UK please.

You can get it in any colour as long as it's black 😂😂😂

Do an episode on the Dodge Charger!!

You took too much CBD when you filmed this episode. Mo powa!

Can we see a thundird sc?!

F40 is faster in the 1/4 mile

Yeah the Fiero got axed because of the Vette. 👎

Where's the enthusiasm you get for Japanese cars you homo

My grandma drove a 1989 jaguar xj6 with the 3.6 v6

I was fortunate to get a 1987 gnx for graduation back then. I wish I never had mentioned it the interior fell apart and the motor was junk. I should have stuck with my 1971 ls6 chevelle and 1969 a12 Road Runner they both where faster big time and lasted decades

The Chevy Avalanche!

Your older videos need more screaming. Just saying.

Please do the Monte Carlo

I liked the way he talked about things in this one as compared to others seemed more heartfelt especially the end

I need a UP TO SPEED on Olds Cutlass.

Rega

300zx z32 please!!!!!

Can anyone tell my why i always get the same dove men sport care (in spanish for gods sake!!) Before every one of his videos?

Plz help

The Corvette has nothing to do with the death of the Grand National. The Regal’s last production year as a RWD G body was 1987.

The GNX was produced by ASC/McLaren. Same developmental group, different production group.

Your hometown of Louisville used Grand Nationals as unmarked patrol cars.

I'm waiting to see a Chrysler Cordoba episode. Not to mention it's evil twin brother.😈

Dream car

My grandma drove a regal

My cousin has a T type making 700 hp

I own a 1984 regal grand national

Love to see a video on the Grand Prix…

Damn this guy dude needs a good hug

no talk about the 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 442

Why is James actually calm in this video😂

Do c10

dude

Its weird hearing v6 in a american car video

Actually it wasn't THAT McLaren, it was a company that was otherwise known as Mclaren U.S. Sunroof & only did interior work, not the supercar company.

volvo 940 classic turbo

I'm strictly thumbs-uping this video for the dad comment in the beginning 😂😂😂😂😂😂

How about Hurst’s unholy alliance with Oldsmobile. Lightning Rod Shifters in the ‘83. The Hairy Hurst Olds is completely nuts. Two 425 Olds engines with two Tornado trans axles jammed into one 442 Cutlass. Burnouts the entire length of the track.

"It's fast,it's black and just like my dad it stuck around for 3 years

You're a bitch ass and the GN was baller as hell

KACHIGGA!!! KACHIGGAAA!!!

What do you mean, "That Mclaren"? Not the same Mclaren like the F1… ASC. Not the British company.

Jay Leno said its not the Maclaren that everyone thinks.

So many things were wrong here…

Buick should dot the grand national like dodge did the challenger if they bring it back

I.have.owned.2.

1987.gns.my.first.

I.purchased.in.

1990.had.kenny.

Bell.updates.it.

Run.great.my.

Second.one.i.

Purchased.in.

2012.the.guy.

That.sold.it.to.

Me.spend.

$30,000.on.the.

Engine.trans.rear.

End.it.would.run.

Quarter.mile.at.

125mph.these.

Cars.had.cheap.

Made.interior.

Most.of.them.

Had.paint.

Issues.from.the.

Factory.they.

Were.fun.to.drive.

But.in.1990.

The.trans.am.

Came.out.with.

A.turbo.v8.it.

Would.out.run.

The.gn.one.

More.thing.about.

The.gn.insurance.

Cost.the.same.as.

A.corvette.the.gns

Had.a.smooth.

Ride.on.the.

Interstate.but.wasa.rough.ride.on.

Back.roads.the.

Buick.regal.t.type.

Is.my.favorite.

At.least.it.had.

Quality.interior.

make an up to speed on Oldsmobile Cutlass (or Oldsmobile in general)

The William S. Burroughs of cars

Kashigga

Wow what a difference compared to now

My most underrated car was my 1981 chevy chevette diesel . A whole whopping 1.8 litre with a smashing 51HP Baby !

TOTALLY UNDERRATED !!!!!! My Fucking 1994 Polaris Snowmobile has more HP's than the Chevy Shuvit !! Ha Ha Ha Ha !!!