March 1, 2012
Since Buick reintroduced the Regal to the North American market back in 2010, there has been some enthusiasm for the return of the big-daddy GNX, the famous performance car of the ‘80s which was based around the then-current Regal. Well, since it appears that New Jersey-based tuning firm SLP has secured the rights to the “GNX” name, some of you may just get your wish.
SLP released the teaser sketch you’re viewing just recently, which reveals that the new GNX will use the current Regal GS as its starting point. From there, it appears SLP will beef up the bodywork with unique flared fender extensions and lower rocker panel extensions, a new lower front fascia, possibly a new set of rims, and a huge power bulge on the hood. While the GS is one of the more fairly handsome performance sedans on the market, SLP’s exterior changes make it look almost flaccid in comparison.
SLP notes that their new GNX will pack over 300 horses, up from the 270 you get in a regular GS. There isn’t any word on what gearbox SLP plans to use, but there probably wouldn’t be any harm in assuming SLP may at least choose the GS’s manual transmission. SLP also hasn’t said if the new GNX will somehow be all-wheel drive — like the Regal GS’s related German counterpart, the Opel Insignia OPC — or remain front-wheel drive.
If you want one, however, there isn’t much time to worry about all of the specifics. You’d better get in line as soon as you can because SLP only plans to build 500 of these. You hear that, Lord Vader?
Source: Edmund's Inside Line