Fast & Furious 4: Buick Grand National

MORE FAST& FURIOUS 4 @ INSIDELINE.COM: www.edmunds.com Heists are, by their nature, illegal. So what could be a better car for a heist than a sinister black Buick Grand National GNX? And that’s just what Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel) drives at the beginning of Fast & Furious as he robs a land train full of high-octane fuel. No one in the picture car department remembers exactly how the GNX won its role, except that it seemed such a natural choice that no one gave it a second thought. Considering the intense stunts performed during the filming of this opening sequence, it’s probably not surprising that a lot of Buick Grand Nationals (but no actual GNXs) were sacrificed in its creation. In fact, the picture car department created seven of them, all based on real GNs or T-Types. Four would wind up scrapped. The most unusual of the seven GNs built was one with the body mounted backward on the frame so it could be driven at speed while appearing to be going backward. To get the engine tucked under the trunk lid, however, the turbocharger and its plumbing had to be removed. Most of the other GNs retained their original turbo V6s, though a couple had Chevy crate V8s installed. It’s amazing it took this long for someone to give the Grand National the starring role it deserved.

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25 thoughts on “Fast & Furious 4: Buick Grand National

  1. @Dickhudt44 automatic, because with a standard the intermittent times when you shift would let the turbo spool down so they used an automatic tranny to keep it spooling

  2. @VoS2oo9 For one, this is not a ‘shitty’ movie, the whole franchise is great and i know many people will agree to this. Two, cars arent ‘pretty’ they are works of art. If you call cars pretty, you must be a female of your not a car enthusiast. And three, learn proper english, the whole “…drive towards a flaming ass coming towards you tank truck.” has to stop, and that wasnt the first fuck up either. So before you diss a movie, try to remember these 3 important items of information. thank you.

  3. I think its a shame how they abuse so pretty cars for so shitty movies. Like anybody would drive towards a flaming ass coming towards you tank truck. Everybody would pull back jeez, i hate how they need to be a hero. Do they think thats tuff when they write shitty ass scenes like that?

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  5. @morbusspeaks i think most or all of them are clones? not sure but i think i saw clip once where they said they just used clones for this video

  6. @ThePizzaGuy1396 Have you seen the one they made where they flipped the frame backwards so the rear wheels steered and the engine was in the trunk? They used it for all the reverse-driving scenes. Pretty funny. If you look reeeeeeaaally close around 0:28, you can see the back wheels steering the car away from the tanker.

  7. @ThePizzaGuy1396 Have you seen the one they made where they flipped the frame backwards so the rear wheels steered and the engine was in the trunk? They used it for all the reverse-driving scenes. Pretty funny.

  8. @BEBNC1 That’s just ’cause it was a luxury car: mushy springs, wobbly frame, high center of gravity, etc… I’m sure they knew that it wasn’t the best car for cornering when they engineered the thing, so they may as well build it for the 1320.

  9. @94XJ from what I remember most were just black base Regals. I think one or two were real GN’s though.

  10. @Tait011 well, to be fair, for the tanker one, they didnt have much of an option. the rest, yeah, pretty dumb

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