As I am sure all of you know, the Buick Regal Grand National’s built between 1984-1987 were some of the baddest rides to come out of the 1980’s. Clad in oil-slick black paint and packed with a 3.8-liter turbo charged 6-cylinder, these bad boy Buick’s wreaked havoc on unsuspecting sportscars on streets all over the country. It’s now 2011 and Buick has decided to release a new turbo Regal back into the automotive population. This time it’s front wheel drive, makes 220 hp (as opposed to 245 hp in 1987) and puts power to the pavement by way of a 6-speed automatic transmission. Recently Edmund’s Inside Line got a hold of a 1987 Buick Regal Grand National and a new 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo and decided to run a little drag race, the results of which are pretty impressive. They also went on to do a full performance review of both cars which you can read in its entirety here.
Contributor John Pearley Huffman had it dead to rights though when he stated, “It’s the plain old ’87 that planted the Grand National’s roots deep down into the soil of the Great Forest of Awesomeness.” We all know that the new 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo is a better car from both a build quality and overall performance standpoint. At the end of the day though you still need to ask yourself which one would you rather have in your garage… I know my pick, but how about you?