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2008 Buick GN-...X? 6 speed Hydra-matic? Is it for real?
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Check this out, I'm almost 100% sure that this is a photoshop but it's bad-ass! What do you guys think?



GNX. No other name in automotive history says "80's Supercar" like those three letters. Now the legend is back.

Buicks 2007 GNX is a modern-day incarnation of classic street performance. When you turn the key and hear the throaty dual exhausts announcing the Twin Turbo 3.6L V-6, you'll know you have your hands full. Compared to its '80s namesake, the new GNX sports a suspension that is tighter, an engine that's more powerful and a manual transmission that now boasts two additional gears. The car will hit 60 mph (97 km/h) in about four-and-a-half seconds, and run the quarter mile in under 13 seconds. There's nothing like it in its class.

Total performance

The completely new GNX isn't just about horsepower, of course. Its unique personality includes impressive cornering abilities, a smooth ride and surprising comfort. But the heart of the GNX is indeed a truly awesome Twin Turbo and Intercooled 3.6l V-6 engine, also known as the base powerplant for the Buick Velite Concept. The GNX produces an estimated 450 horsepower and with 465 lb.-ft. of torque, it has no problem leaving a stop with purpose.

Eighteen-inch alloy wheels and performance tires are matched to a fully independent, performance-tuned suspension featuring direct-acting stabilizing bars and power rack-and-pinion steering. Traction control and a limited slip differentials also come standard. And, today's GNX revs through six forward speeds with the close-ratio manual transmission, or you can choose a six-speed Hydra-Matic. Both come with a 3.46:1 final drive ratio.

Performance-oriented interior

The GNX is, first and foremost, a driver's car. Every detail, from the satin-finish steering wheel to the race-inspired metallic pedals, gives the driver a sense of performance from the moment the car is entered. The standard feature list starts off with leather 2+2 bucket seats, in black -color-coordinated with the vehicle's exterior color. The high-tech seats provide lateral support, wrapping around the driver and front passenger and complementing the great handling characteristics of the chassis. Also standard is a six-disc CD-changer with premium 10-speaker sound system, cruise control, a multi-function driver information center, keyless entry system and a host of other features to enhance the driving experience.

Sensuous design

Rather than create an imitation of the original legend, the 2007 GNX provides a contemporary interpretation of the classic buick sports coupe. The distinctive, tautly stretched exterior, aggressive lowered stance and sleek, simple form all help express the clean, athletic styling direction of Buick. Add this to the obvious performance of the vehicle and you have a rear-wheel-drive TT+I V-6-powered premium sports coupe wrapped in a seamless, modern design.

Safety and quality

Bringing the GNX to a safe stop is accomplished through standard four-wheel disc brakes (ventilated front, solid rear), part of a four-channel anti-lock braking system. Other standard safety features include dual front air bags, three-point safety belts for all occupants and an Emergency Mode that automatically shuts down the engine, turns off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors and turns on the dome light any time the air-bag system is deployed.

Production of the 2007 Buick GNX will begin in September 2006 at Holden's award-winning Elizabeth plant in Australia using the latest techniques to ensure both measurable and "perceived" quality. Projected annual production will be 18,000 vehicles.

General Information
Price: $38,500
Miles Per Gallon: 17/25 mpg
Curb Weight: 3698 lbs
Layout: Front-Engine/AWD
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

Engine
Type: DOHC V6
Displacement: 3600 cc
Horsepower: 450 bhp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 465 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Redline: 6500 rpm

Performance
0-60 mph: 4.2 sec
0-100 mph: 10.2 sec
Quarter Mile: 12.8 sec @ 112.5 mph
Skidpad: .96g
Top Speed: 179 mph
Braking, 60-0 mph: 115 ft
Slalom Speed: 66.4 mph

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"Production of the 2007 Buick GNX will begin in September 2006 at Holden's award-winning Elizabeth plant in Australia using the latest techniques to ensure both measurable and "perceived" quality. Projected annual production will be 18,000 vehicles. "

Looks like a GTO with a Buick nose on it. Probably is a photoshop, because the hood and nose (aside from the Buick emblem) looks very close to the GTO nose. If it runs anything like the 80s model though, it'll be a fast one. I tried to pick on one going about 70MPH or so with my old 79, and it took off from me at 80-85MPH like a jet dragster. For the record, my old 769 was slow but I'd pick races with anyone. Managed to run a Ferrari once, and while he was fast he didn't run off like that Buick did. Think the Buick might have been modified, as I also ran one of the older SHOs with the Yamaha engine at the same speeds and the SHO didn't dust me near as bad as the GN did.

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It is a photoshopped GTO. I will post other renders next that look HORRIBLE.

Things to note:

1). 18,000 units per year. 28,000 GN's were sold in 1987. Many other turbo buicks. I forsee a lot more than 18,000 selling per year. It will be hard to choose this or Z06. I guess I'll have to drive them.

2.) I think this was leaked, because GM's RWD platform was put on hold until MY 2008, so they could dump yet more cash into trucks. They are redesigning the trucks, because people literally balked at their new design. GM is in a big panic. Someone at GM (designers) want this thing built, but are having problems internally. I don't think this has made it past Management's desk or trashcan.

3.) With GM losing its ass, I doubt they will be building niche vehicles. They need high volume sales, not 18,000 units per year.

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Ok, so if I bought one of these, man oh man, decisions decisions.

6spd manual, or 6spd auto. I'd HAVE to try GM's newest 6spd auto. Problems or not, it'd be worth it just to TRY. Could always swap to a 6spd Getrag or Tremec later. It is also eaiser to go auto/manual in most vehicles, rather than manual/auto. At any rate, I love automatics, especially automatics with 5 or 6 forward gears. Most I've ever had is 4 (current, truck), and I LOVE gearing.

Isn't GM co-designing a 6spd auto with Ford? Something like that?

The only real thing I am unsure of is the 3.6L TT. Why would they take the 4.8 motor and make a 3.6L out of it, v6 style? They already have I-5, and other engines. Just curious why they are developing more engines. Maybe that is the clue this is a total pharse. I also don't forsee GM's program using turbochargers in the near future, but I may be wrong...lets hope I am wrong, and GM does start turbocharging again.

I also wonder how they will fit an AWD chassis that looks like a GTO. Maybe the V6 helps make space for that AWD drivetrain, but I doubt it with turbochargers, especially two of them. Maybe this is supposed to be on a CTS chassis, which is what the above horrid and ugly photochop looks like. Maybe GM is laughing at these pictures in disgust.

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Yea you talk too much and the top is a photoshopped 02 mustang.

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The 3.8L and 3.4L they have had for years are tired, and the most they have ever gotten out of them is 18-25MPG. This is about to not cut it. It makes perfect sense for them to saw 2 cylinders off the 4.8L and make a 3.5L. I imagine that a new V6 based off the LS1 will be able to net another 30-40HP over the current V6 engines, and gain 3-5MPG to boot. These engines will also find their way into the FWD cars. And, it really won't be a problem for them to make a car based on the current GTO into an AWD vehicle. The V6 will make room, and they will probably stretch the frame some to make it fit. If necessary they can make a transverse FWD out of it, with a power take off to the rear wheels kinda like Subaru does. No idea on the turbos, but I imagine they will use the smallest units available that will let them hit their power numbers. There should be a lot of room for improvement. They might even go the route of STS and mount one or both in the back.

I hope GM gets their collective heads out of their asses soon and get themselves turned around.

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