The Meguiar’s sales space on the SEMA present is not the one place comic and actor Kevin Hart is combining vehicles and cinema, his “Michael Myers” 1969 Plymouth Highway Runner brooding within the automobile care merchandise pen, whereas his SpeedKore “Hellraiser” 1970 Dodge Charger additionally menaces. Hart purchased a 1987 Buick GNX final yr and put it on Instagram with the caption, “Sundays are good for old-fashioned drives…. If .” Seems to be like outdated G-Our bodies are good for restomod builds, too, which all of us already knew, however this automobile is not the GNX that featured on social media. That is the 1987 Buick Grand Nationwide, one step beneath the GNX and half the worth on the time. It is nicknamed “Darkish Knight” and it is one of many stars of the Magnaflow exhaust sales space at SEMA.
Going again to work with common collaborators Dave Salvaggio of Salvaggio Design and Sean Smith, in fact there’s rather a lot concerned within the overhaul. Nonetheless, we respect how the group stayed true to the ethos of the Grand Nationwide in ways in which made the construct extra difficult than it already was. Take the engine. The unique got here with a 3.8-liter V6 sporting a single turbocharger to register an official output of 245 horsepower and 355 pound-feet of torque in comparison with the GNX’s 276 hp and 320 lb-ft. As a substitute of swapping it for a V8, it has been changed with the three.6-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing. And as a substitute of leaving each turbos on, the engine junkies plumbed a single turbo in a format recalling the 1987 engine even because it cleans up the unique Chutes ‘n’ Ladders mess of tubes. We did not get an output ranking for the setup. The Cadillac’s twin-turbo mill makes 472 hp and 445 lb-ft. within the CT4-V Blackwing. We’d guess Darkish Knight’s engine’s fairly near that with the only massive turbo on the prow, loads of juice for a automobile weighing 3,545 kilos.
Exterior upgrades embody a customized entrance fascia with a carbon fiber hood and splitter. The inside exhibits the identical tasteful restraint, polished design and nicer supplies draped over the inventory Nineteen Eighties format. That shifter controls GM’s 8L90 eight-speed automated as a substitute of the unique four-speed auto.
Elsewhere, Salvaggio did the identical right here as with the Michael Myers Highway Runner, making a customized body to extend rigidity and get the automobile nearer to the bottom on its 19-inch HRE wheels within the Buick’s authentic weave look. Sustaining the journey, a Detroit Pace suspension manages the entrance axle, a four-link Panhard places in time beyond regulation conserving the rears on the bottom.