Why did you choose '86 vs '87

longbedGTs

high on gas fumes
When I was shopping for a GN, the first one I settled on just happened to be an '86. I didn't care which year('86 or '87) I ended up with. I did like the '87 grille better than the '86 chrome, but decided to leave it on since it was part of what made an '86 an '86.
 

Turbo6inKY

Short Guy
i have these notes from a previous thread....the horse power rating is most likely due to the chips were a tad different to comply with emissions laws

There was no difference in engine calibration between '86 and '87. The engine made the '87 advertised power the first time they put it on the dyno for certification. They underrated it in '86 because Buick knew the Corvette was getting a 10hp bump for '87, and they held back 10hp in the published numbers so they could go up 10hp along with the Vette. It was all marketing.

If you have a copy of Black Air, the entire story is on the disc in the special features. A recording of a lecture two of the Buick Powertrain engineers did puts a lot of the myths to bed, and is fascinating.
 

grass doctor

Dream Catcher
There was no difference in engine calibration between '86 and '87. The engine made the '87 advertised power the first time they put it on the dyno for certification. They underrated it in '86 because Buick knew the Corvette was getting a 10hp bump for '87, and they held back 10hp in the published numbers so they could go up 10hp along with the Vette. It was all marketing.

If you have a copy of Black Air, the entire story is on the disc in the special features. A recording of a lecture two of the Buick Powertrain engineers did puts a lot of the myths to bed, and is fascinating.
i watch that documentary every night before i go to bed.... :p ...never seen the special features part though...kool....
 

TireFryer

I have a slow WH-1
If you want something special look for a nice 86 WH1 T-type . Same motor / trans as 86 & 87 GN , but only 463 made in 86 and none in 87 . I love the 2 tone paint .
I have a wh1..... very highly optioned.... touch climate, power seats, concert 2 sound, astroroof... I love the 86 because of the rarity... and in reality they all made the same power... a college near me dyno'd a 86 base model regal that was stock except a chip to keep it from detonating its brains out, and it made 298 hp and 367 ft-lb torque.... bone stock, i saw the pull and looked over the car... so if you want one over the other for the hp... you do a couple bolt ons and the 10 hp difference disappears! Just my two cents!
 

poppy1440

Active Member
Both of my GN’s have been 86’s. I graduated high school in 86 and that was my dream car in 86. That’s why I like the 86 more. However I did the grill swamp on both. I like the black grill look better
 

dynoman

Well-Known Member
and it made 298 hp and 367 ft-lb torque.... bone stock,
In 86 I bought a new GN , ordered it in Nov. 85 and it came to the dealer in March 86 with snow still on the ground . That was a fun car the summer of 86 , cause no one knew anything about them and how quick they were . Mine ran 13.83 @ 99.9 stock & on the original Eagle GT's .
 

TurboTGuy

Gray Beard Member
My 87 TR, bench seat, low mile, very low optioned car was available at a decent price.......... Then I went nuts with spending money on it to go fast....... LOL
 

fast86gn

Texas Moderator
Staff member
I like my '86 and will never sell it but the cars are the same except for a few cosmetics. When I bought my '86 it had a '87 grill, I changed it back. lol
 

SLIC V6

Active Member
I ordered mine in the early spring of 1987. The car arrived in late summer of '87. I was able to use my father's GM Family discount to be able to order/afford it. If it had been 1986, I would have purchased an '86. To me they are the same car. I love all of the Turbo Buick cars!
Driving one daily back then was a GREAT time. Lots of kill stories and fun on the street.

I was fortunate that circumstances in my life allowed me to keep mine through all these years.
ENJOY!!!
 
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