This 1,000HP 2017 Pontiac Trans Am is delightfully insane
Last year, a Tallahassee-based company called Trans Am Worldwide unveiled a little car called the Trans Am Bandit edition at the New York Auto Show.
Last year, a Tallahassee-based company called Trans Am Worldwide unveiled a little car called the Trans Am Bandit edition at the New York Auto Show. The outfit had purchased the Pontiac name and badge rights, taken a fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro and used it as the jump-off to give the world what a Pontiac Trans Am would look like had Pontiac continued to make Screaming Chickens.
The Bandit Edition came with an 840-horsepower LT1 engine, custom seats, hand-painted decals and Burt Reynold’s signature on the dash. It’s hard to top such a magnificent creation, but Trans Am Worldwide owners Tod and Scott Warmack have done precisely that.
Meet the 2017 Trans Am Super Duty. It’s based on a sixth-gen Camaro, the all new Alpha platform (which also underpins Cadillac’s super-sedan ATS-V). Chief designer and engineer Tom Sawyer gave the front and rear fascia’s a complete facelift, resulting in the most OEM-looking Pontiac Trans Am that Pontiac didn’t build. Impressive as the aesthetics are, the performance is where things get properly bonkers.
Using the same 7.4-liter V-8 LT1 base engine, there’s now a Magnuson Supercharger atop the block. There’s some other engineering magic in there too, thanks to a premier NASCAR engine builder from Virginia, and the powerplant now produces a whopping 1,000 horsepower and 1,046 lb-ft of torque. We’ll give you a moment to digest those absurdly awesome numbers.
That’s more horses than the highly-anticipated Dodge Demon (a mere 840-hp), more than the Camaro ZL1 (650) and more than a Ferrari 488 (660). With specs like those, it’s unclear what will scream louder when you mash the accelerator to the floor: the Trans Am Super Duty or you.
Pricing has yet to be set, but expect it to be in the six-figures, which does include the cost of the donor Camaro. Want one? Act quickly. Trans Am Worldwide will only be making 50 of these monsters. We stopped by to chat with Tod Warmack about his latest offering.
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