Hellcat Opens the Gates of Possibility

New Buick GNX?

New Buick GNX?

Hellcat is the coolest and most intimidating name ever given to a car.

The Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat twins live up to the name and offer over 700 horsepower of fire-breathing evil. Plenty has been written about the ferocious beasts, and I think we can all agree that they’re pretty much the most impressive muscle cars ever produced.

While proudly owning that crown, the Hellcat probably won’t be the last to emerge from the now open gates to the underworld.

Another famously evil car could return, this one once associated with the dark Empire run by one Lord Vader.

The 1987 Buick Grand National GNX remains one of the most collectable American cars every created. Only 547 were built and they rarely come up for sale. The original car is incredibly special because, as Hemmings says,

The Turbocharged V6 of the Grand National was completely reworked by McLaren Engines. The Turbo and intercooler were both upgraded and the engine’s computer was reprogrammed. The four speed automatic gearbox received its own oil cooler. These modifications resulted in a stunning performance increase, bringing the boxy Regal on par with contemporary sports cars. Like for the Grand National, the GNX’s top speed was electronically limited to 200 km/h.

Now, rumors abound that GM could bring back the Grand National and GNX nameplates. If it happens, would the new GNX be as special? I can guarantee that McLaren wouldn’t be involved this time. In fact, a new GNX would probably just be a Camaro in disguise, because well, that’s what GM does.

If the GNX does come back, who’s to say we won’t see more ghosts from the past reappear in these modern times? I think we’re long overdue for a Chevelle resurrection. Why not bring it back, drop in a 6.2-liter LS3 engine and compete with the Hellcat?

Even though Plymouth is long dead, why not bring back the Barracuda name? It’s been a couple of years, but there was once talk of replacing the Challenger with the ‘Cuda. Will it ever happen? Now that the Hellcat has been unleashed on the world, anything is possible.

Which muscle car from the past would you like to see brought back?

-tgriffith

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