Kevin Hart is a stand-up comedian and actor who also enjoys cars. He is especially passionate about restomods of American muscle cars. A heavily modified 1987 Buick Grand National with T-tops by Salvaggio Design is the newest addition to his collection.
This one uses the LF4 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 from a Cadillac ATS-V for power instead of the LC2 turbocharged 3.8-liter turbocharged V6 from the 1980s Grand National. It does, however, have a single 67-millimeter Boost Labs BL67R ball-bearing turbo with a billet wheel to make it more authentic to the original. The dyno shows the engine producing 650 horsepower at 103 octane. To increase the output to 700 hp (522 kW) on race fuel, new camshafts will be added.
Salvaggio Design uses a frame that was laser-cut and TIG-welded in place of the original GM G-Body platform. The rigidity of a bolt-in subframe is increased over the original. Ultimate Performance coilovers and a four-link rear with a Panhard bar make up the suspension. This Grand National has Brembo GT brake callipers with four pistons in the back and six pistons up front for stopping power.
Hart gives his custom vehicles names, and the Dark Knight is one of them. However, the resemblances to the Caped Crusader are barely noticeable.
The comedian asked for a car with a surprise appearance. On the outside, this Grand National doesn’t appear to be all that different from stock, but if you know what to look for, there are a lot of changes. For instance, the front bumper is now made of carbon fibre and has been designed for better cooling. Carbon also makes up the hood, rear spoiler, and mirror caps. Smaller details like billet door handles with carbon inlays are among them.
No tints or additional finishes have been added to the BASF black paint that The Dark Knight is wearing. It is mounted on 19-inch nickel-finished HRE 501 wheels. They are 11 inches wide at the back and 9 inches wide up front.
The interior of the cabin has undergone numerous small changes but still maintains a similar appearance to the exterior. Dark blue and light grey leather is mixed on the seats, giving them a Batman-like appearance. The utility belt worn by the Caped Crusader serves as inspiration for the bronze stitching.
This year’s SEMA Show featured a display of Hart’s Grand National. There was also his 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner restomod. It was also built by Salvaggio Design.