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 Post subject: World's Best GXP?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:36 pm 
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Well...its finally done. 18 months ago I found this beauty while working in Ohio. At first this was going to be a daily driver, but the more I drove it and learned about these cars I knew these are rare finds and decided to make it a show car. A new job in Florida allowed me to return to my home full time and the means to make this into, what I feel, may be the world's best GXP...I'll let you decide.

I got a lot of great advice and help on this forum and to those that pitched in with help...many thanks!

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New AC
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Went through car from bumper to bumper ....any paint defect fixed. Paint is 100% perfect.
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 Post subject: Re: World's Best GXP?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:56 pm 
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Maybe one of the best BONNEVILLE GXPs. If left unspecified my car enters the mix, and others like it. Like the twin Turbo G8 GXP on G8 board. Which pushes me over obviously. But that is a nice looking Bonneville for sure.

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 Post subject: Re: World's Best GXP?
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Well considering this is a Bonneville site, it goes without saying..Yes Bonneville for sure. :-)

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Uhhhh, it looks beautiful!

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 Post subject: Re: World's Best GXP?
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Looks great!

That Pontiac badge in front sticks out like a sore thumb now, maybe some tint spray or film over that just to dull it down some.

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Car does look very nice.

Something up front doesn't look right with the fogs off, I feel like the car needs that contrast to make it flow right. JMHO.

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 Post subject: Re: World's Best GXP?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:38 am 
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Looks outstanding! It's all there, that's for sure.


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 Post subject: Re: World's Best GXP?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:44 am 
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I wish mine had looked anywhere half as good as this one. I keep saying I'll never, EVER, buy another black car, then what do I do... :D

Like the tire choice too...

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2006 Cadillac STS-V: Light Platinum Metallic/Light Gray/A6 - Spectre CAI, Magnaflow exhaust, Speed Inc. tune, 412 RWHP / 472lb/ft RWTQ

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2007 Chrysler Town & Country Limited: Daddy's beater affectionately called the Rolling Garbage Can or "RGC" for short
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 Post subject: Re: World's Best GXP?
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Yeah. Love black when its clean. In florida white is the way to go for a daily driver with the heat and all. Now the question is....do I trade this in when the Grand National and GNx come out? Spoke to the Buick dealer and they are coming. GNx will be a twin turbo 3.6 v6 making 420 hp.

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 Post subject: Re: World's Best GXP?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:41 am 
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Meh, wrong cylinder count...

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Summer Toys: Combined 827 RWHP / 877lb/ft RWTQ
2004 Pontiac GTO: Impulse Blue Metallic/Black/M6: lots 'o mods, 415 RWHP / 405lb/ft RWTQ!
2006 Cadillac STS-V: Light Platinum Metallic/Light Gray/A6 - Spectre CAI, Magnaflow exhaust, Speed Inc. tune, 412 RWHP / 472lb/ft RWTQ

Daily Drivers:
2015 Chrysler Town & Country Limited Platinum: Mommy's NEW RGC
2007 Chrysler Town & Country Limited: Daddy's beater affectionately called the Rolling Garbage Can or "RGC" for short
2009 Pontiac G8 GT: L76, Sport Red Metallic
2009 Chevrolet Impala SS: LS4 V8, Victory Red
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 Post subject: Re: World's Best GXP?
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Meh, wrong cylinder count...


Not for a Grand National. Anything more or less would be the wrong cylinder count.

As for them actually coming out, I certainly wouldn't rely on a dealership to get that info from, for the most part they are clueless. There have been rumors in several magazines but last I knew nothing actually confirmed.

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 Post subject: Re: World's Best GXP?
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Understood. I meant that in general.

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Summer Toys: Combined 827 RWHP / 877lb/ft RWTQ
2004 Pontiac GTO: Impulse Blue Metallic/Black/M6: lots 'o mods, 415 RWHP / 405lb/ft RWTQ!
2006 Cadillac STS-V: Light Platinum Metallic/Light Gray/A6 - Spectre CAI, Magnaflow exhaust, Speed Inc. tune, 412 RWHP / 472lb/ft RWTQ

Daily Drivers:
2015 Chrysler Town & Country Limited Platinum: Mommy's NEW RGC
2007 Chrysler Town & Country Limited: Daddy's beater affectionately called the Rolling Garbage Can or "RGC" for short
2009 Pontiac G8 GT: L76, Sport Red Metallic
2009 Chevrolet Impala SS: LS4 V8, Victory Red
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 Post subject: Re: World's Best GXP?
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Its coming. Based on the ATS platform. Was over in England last week and one of their csr shows had spy pics. Two words....bad ass. Dealer said expect an announcement late this year. He has my number so I can drop a deposit on a GNx. :-)

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If I ever find the time to get mine operating 100%, I'll gladly compete for that title ;)

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 Post subject: Re: World's Best GXP?
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I welcome the challenge. Raising the bar is always a good thing!

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I'll still believe it when I see it.

There was some "Spy shots" that went around a while back, proved to be photoshopped... lounge/topic36443.html

That said though, if they do bring it back, it certainly would be something to snag up if you can afford it!

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 Post subject: Re: World's Best GXP?
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I was gonna say, all the pictures seen were photoshopped ATS's. However, if and when an ATS-V comes about, a Buick version wouldn't be unreasonable.

GM needs to get the price point right on this thing if it is to be successful. A friend who has owned about 13 GN's and a couple TTA's wants one, but has flat out said if it's $45k - $50k, he isn't interested. He just can't justify spending that kind of coin.

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2004 Pontiac GTO: Impulse Blue Metallic/Black/M6: lots 'o mods, 415 RWHP / 405lb/ft RWTQ!
2006 Cadillac STS-V: Light Platinum Metallic/Light Gray/A6 - Spectre CAI, Magnaflow exhaust, Speed Inc. tune, 412 RWHP / 472lb/ft RWTQ

Daily Drivers:
2015 Chrysler Town & Country Limited Platinum: Mommy's NEW RGC
2007 Chrysler Town & Country Limited: Daddy's beater affectionately called the Rolling Garbage Can or "RGC" for short
2009 Pontiac G8 GT: L76, Sport Red Metallic
2009 Chevrolet Impala SS: LS4 V8, Victory Red
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Dealer here, Dick Norris said expect 60k for the GNx. I guess much of it depends on engine. The hang up is the Gnx engine. They cant decide on the 3.6 twin turbo or droping the new v8 in it. Personally I prefer the v6 sticking to tradition.

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