1000 HP Trans Am 455 Super Duty, What Is This World Coming To?
It’s been 40 years since Burt Reynolds made the Pontiac Trans Am a legend on the silver screen when Smokey and the Bandit was released. Even though Pontiac got jettisoned after GM’s restructuring in 2009, the Trans Am name continues to thrive thanks to two brothers whose love for the Firebird never dwindled since they first fell in love with the car after seeing the movie.
Building on the success of their limited production Bandit Edition, Trans Am Depot debuts the 455 Super Duty boasting 1,000 horsepower from a 455c.i. LT1 engine fitted with a Magnuson supercharger. The 7.4-liter supercharged V8 produces 1,046 lb-ft of twist, which demolishes the Challenger SRT Demon with 160 more horsepower and 276 lb-ft torque increase. It even pulls harder than the Hennessey Exorcist Camaro, which is rated at 996 lb-ft of torque.
The styling may be retro-1977 but everything else utilizes the best technology offered today. All the body panels are carbon fiber and sit on top of GM’s Alpha platform – the same chassis used for the 6th-gen Camaro and Cadillac ATS and CTS sedans – which is engineered to be lightweight, highly modular, and provide exceptional driving dynamics. Grip is provided by Michelin’s new ultra-high performance Pilot Sport 4S summer tires wrap around 20-inch wheels. Behind the 3-piece 10-spoke Crawler Race Wheels are massive 6-piston calipers that clamp down on 14.96-inch cross-drilled rotors for neck breaking stopping power.
Trans Am Depot Camarobird conversions look good, sound good, and go like you wouldn’t believe. Considering how quickly the 77-unit production run of the 6-figure SE Bandit Edition sold out, takers better get in line fast. Contact Trans Am Depot for the all-important details and answers to your fervent questions.